Chattanooga professional Lemon C. Williams is joining the race for the District 28 state House seat that JoAnne Favors is vacating when her term is up.

“I am a father, a son, a brother, an uncle and a small business owner in Chattanooga, but I am not a politician,” Williams said in a prepared statement. “Most people want the best for their family and community, and I feel I can help make a difference by empowering individuals.”

Williams, a cybersecurity and operational risk management professional, said the Gig City is one of the greatest cities in the country and that common-sense leadership and fiscally responsible management are the keys to a safer community and state.

He is a graduate of Chattanooga Central High School, and he graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1996 with a degree in logistics and transportation.


Williams is also still an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. He serves as the vice president of the UTK Black Alumni Council, for which he is an active supporter of causes and activities to improve overall student and alumni engagement and success, according to a news release.

After graduation, Williams worked in the oil and gas industry and then in enterprise security for a federally owned electric utility in Chattanooga.

In 2014, he founded The Ionado Group, a cybersecurity and emerging technologies consultancy that provides advanced security solutions and mitigation strategies against cyber threats facing leading industries.

Former City Councilman Yusuf Hakeem is also seeking this seat. Click here for more about that.

Updated at 3:37 p.m. on March 22 to correct a factual error. Williams is running for the state House of Representatives, not the State Senate, as originally reported.