By LISA WHALEY
Washington County’s 7th House District has chosen a new representative.
In Tennessee’s Thursday, Aug. 6 election, Rebecca Keefauver Alexander defeated longtime incumbent Matthew Hill, earning more than 63 percent of the vote versus Hill’s 37 percent.
On Friday, still trying to process her win, Alexander admitted to being more than a little surprised as the numbers started to roll in Thursday night.
“I was like ‘Oh my! I might win this thing,’” she said. “Then the numbers just got larger and there was a greater distance between me and my opponent.”
Alexander credited her many supporters for the win, as well as the men and women who prayed not only for her, but that God’s will be done in the 7th District race, she said.
“All I could think of was anybody could have done this,” Alexander said. “It was just God leading someone to do it. And the way He provided for me to knock on doors and for so many to help support me. . .”
“Now we have a lot of work to do.”
Alexander will be stepping into a seat held for 16 years by fellow Republican Hill, who expressed his appreciation for the support he had received from his Washington County constituents over the years.
“I am truly thankful for the opportunity that was given to me to represent our community and its values,” Hill said. “There will be time to reflect and remember the many victories we had for Washington County, but for now, my focus is to finish this term with the determination and hard work you have come to expect.”
Hill also thanked his wife, Amanda, for “her love and support,” as well as his assistant in Nashville, Carol Burroughs.
He said he had called Alexander and was able to leave her a voicemail of congratulations. “I wish her the best in her new role and will pray for her as she begins this new chapter of representing us in Nashville.”
As for Alexander, she is already getting ready to hit the ground running.
“The first thing I want to do is meet with all the county and city officials,” she said, returning to her previously stated commitment to draw from those in the county’s trenches when looking at wants and needs. “My job is going to be to listen.”
She plans to take that knowledge back to Nashville to help Washington County become the even greater success she knows it can be.
Alexander also remains committed to fully funding Washington County schools, bringing agriculture back home to its farmers, supporting small businesses and ensuring broadband for all county citizens.
Alexander said she knows she has a great deal ahead of her, but she is not worried. She said she knows a ton of people who have switched from praying for God’s will during this election to God’s wisdom as she moves forward.
“God never leads us to something that he doesn’t lead us through,” Alexander said.
In other local election news, Mary Beth Dellinger, Whitney Riddle and Mike Masters were selected to serve on the Washington County School Board, 2nd District.
Bill Hagerty defeated Dr. Manny Sethi to win the Republican Primary for U.S. Senate. Marquita Bradshaw was the victor in the Democratic Primary for the U.S. Senate.
Diane Harshbarger defeated Timothy Hill, Rusty Crowe, Josh Gapp and Steve Darden in the U.S. House Republican Primary, District 1. Blair Walsingham won the U.S. House Democratic Primary District 1.
Tim Hicks defeated Micah Van Huss in the State House, Republican Primary District 6.
All results are unofficial until certified by the Election Commission.