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Story published: 12-03-2013 • Print ArticleE-mail Story to a Friend

Carriger announces plans to run against incumbent Hill

By Lynn J. Richardson
Publisher

Phil Carriger has announced he will be a candidate in the upcoming election, opposing incumbent Representative Matthew Hill (R) to represent District 7 in the Tennessee General Assembly.

Carriger called the Herald & Tribune on Monday, Dec. 1, saying he will make a formal announcement in January.

The state house election is set for August 7, 2014.

“People have encouraged me and the votes and financial support are out there,” Carriger said.

Born and raised in Johnson City, Carriger said he believes his four years serving as a Johnson City city commissioner and his many years as a businessman has prepared him to serve.

“I think people deserve a representative who will do something about unemployment in this area,” Carriger said. “I don’t know that Matthew (Hill) has ever done anything to encourage jobs up here.”

Carriger attended Johnson City public schools and served in the Air Force as a staff sergeant. Following his military service, he attended the University of Tennessee, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1971.

Carriger founded Peoples Bank in 1995 and has 36 years of banking experience. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Bank of Tennessee.

He was elected to the Johnson City Commission in 2009 and has served on a variety of nonprofit boards, including two four-year terms on the Johnson City Power Board’s Board of Directors.