“I am very, very excited that the citizens—even though it was a tough decision—they did elect me,” Favors said Thursday night via phone. “I’m just very appreciative of that, and I hope that together we can create a new vision for the 28th District.”
JoAnne Favors—3,957 votes, 72 percent
Tommie F. Brown—1,514 votes, 28 percent
Favors will now face Republican candidate Johnny Horne in the November general election.
Favors acknowledged that the primary was “a unique situation” because she and Brown had previously been in different districts.
Favors had been in District 29 and unseated longtime District 28 Rep. Brown, who couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Thursday night.
Favors said she received encouragement from people of all generations to run. She also “had to do a lot of praying” to come to the decision to vie for the seat.
Favors, 69, is a registered nurse and former Hamilton County commissioner. In her first race, she beat out Democratic incumbent former Rep. Brenda Turner in 2004.
Brown, 78, is a retired professor of social work at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She won her first election to the House in 1992.