Tennessee House GOP candidates for speaker vow not to follow Casada's style

Staff file photo / Rep. Mike Carter speaks during the Education Mini-Summit at the Volkswagen Conference Center on Sept. 20, 2016.

NASHVILLE - In his campaign to succeed controversy-plagued Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada, Rep. Mike Carter is promising "fair treatment to all and retribution to none" for Casada-appointed committee chairpersons and vice chairpersons.

Carter, an Ooltewah lawmaker seeking the planned July 24 Republican Caucus' nomination for speaker, also says in his letter to the 30 chairpersons and vice chairpersons "that you will retain your current positions if I am elected Speaker.

"Our 2020 election cycle including President Trump will motivate our opponents and we must be careful to do nothing to give an issue in your race," Carter says in the letter. "We will restore integrity, trust and confidence in the House by promoting the excellent work that each of you perform in your role as a House leader."

An attorney, former Hamilton County General Sessions judge and current chairman of the House Civil Subcommittee on Justice, Carter is among six announced candidates hoping to win the 73-member GOP Caucus nomination.