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TN State Representative JoAnne Favors announces she will not seek re-election

Tennessee State Representative JoAnne Favors announced in a statement Monday that she will not seek re-election in 2018. (Image: WTVC)

Tennessee State Representative JoAnne Favors announced in a statement Monday that she will not seek re-election in 2018.

"After much meditation and conversations with family and close friends, I have decided to not seek reelection in 2018 for State Representative in the 28th Legislative District," says Favors. "My sincere gratitude is extended to the thousands of voters who elected me to serve seven very productive terms in the Tennessee General Assembly."

Favors was elected in 2004, and currently serves as House Democratic Whip and Vice-Chair of the TN Black Caucus of State Legislators.

After the Woodmore bus crash in November of 2016 killed 6 children, Representative Favors introduced a school bus seat belt bill.

The bill was put on hold, and was later pulled. The office of JoAnne Favors told us Monday that she still intends to re-introduce the school bus seat belt bill in January.

Despite her decision not to seek re-election, Favors says she shill has work to do.

"I will continue to be a strong advocate for child restraints on school buses, accessible and affordable health care, public education, and economic opportunities for vulnerable populations. May God continue to bless us all in this great city, state and nation."

Favors had mounted a successful Democratic primary campaign against then-Rep. Brenda Turner to win the seat in 2005.

Favors persevered in another tough primary race after Republican redistricting plans in 2012 placed her and then-Rep. Tommie Brown in the same district.

Favors is the only African-American member of the Hamilton County delegation, and one of just two Democrats from East Tennessee.

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