KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Jason Zachary was sworn in Monday as interim state representative after winning the Republican primary election two weeks ago.
The telecommunications broker won the seat over nurse and school board member Karen Carson by nearly 700 votes. The Knox County Election Commission certified the election results Monday morning.
Because no Democrat ran in the primary and there was no certified write-in candidate, Zachary was all but guaranteed to win the general election next month. The Knox County Commission, by state law, is allowed to appoint someone to fill the seat in the interim, which they did with Zachary.
“It’s really just about serving the people. It’s about representing the issues that are important to them. It’s not my agenda. It’s their agenda. So as long as I’m speaking for them and representing them well, we’ll be good,” said Zachary.
He will serve as representative of House District 14, serving Farragut and parts of west Knox County, replacing former State Rep. Ryan Haynes. Haynes stepped down to become chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party.