By Michael Davis
Republican Jim Cobb, who is seeking the GOP’s 31st state House District nomination, said he has a firm grasp of state government and hopes to push for conservative values if elected.
“When I stand on a principle, I don’t back off it,” said Mr. Cobb, 55, of Spring City, Tenn.
Mr. Cobb is seeking the seat held by state Rep. Bo Watson, R-Hixson, who is leaving the House to run for an open state Senate seat.
Health care, immigration and opposition to a state income tax stand out as some of his top issues as he runs for the Tennessee General Assembly, said Mr. Cobb, a retired shift manager at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar Nuclear Plant.
TennCare and the recently enacted Cover Tennessee health program need to be monitored for efficiency and to prevent abuse, he said. Both programs may require some tweaking, he said.
Mr. Cobb said the state’s funding formula for public education should be looked at to ensure equal funding among school systems.
“The Basic Education Program should be monitored and adjusted so that every child in this state has an equal opportunity to have an equal education,” he said.
Mr. Cobb said he wants to ensure seniors and veterans are cared for, and if elected, he will work with the area’s federal representatives on these issues.
Randy Fairbanks, Christian Lanier, John McDougal and Ed Warren are the other candidates running in the state’s Aug. 3 Republican primary.
The GOP nominee is expected to face J. Glenn Moseley, the only candidate in the Democratic primary, in the Nov. 7 general election.
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