Grainger Today Correspondent
KNOXVILLE – The field is beginning to take shape for the August 2018 primaries to choose a potential successor to the retiring U. S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. Duncan announced last week he will retire next year after more than 20 years in Washington. He represents Grainger County, where he now lives, in the 2nd District. Following his announcement, State Rep. Jimmy Matlock, a Lenoir City tire dealer, said he plans to run for the seat in the Republican primary. Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, also a Republican, told a crowd of several hundred at the Market on Western Avenue in Knoxville that he is running. He has already filed his candidacy with the Federal Election Commission in Washington, D. C. Prior to Duncan’s announcement, Knoxville clinical psychologist Joshua Williams announced he will be seeking the Democratic nomination for the seat. Brad Fullington, of Knoxville, announced on Facebook last week he will also seek the Republican nomination.