There are three contested District Attorney General races in East Tennessee that will be decided on Election Day.
3rd District: Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, and Hawkins Counties
Update- with 75% of the vote counted, it appears that Dan Armstrong has defeated Cecil Mills.
Longtime DAG Berkley Bell is retiring after more than 30 years on the job. The two men vying to replace him are co-workers and friends.
Dan E. Armstrong Works is an assistant district attorney in Morristown. Cecil Mills holds the same position in the Greeneville DA's office. Both men have vowed to run a clean campaign and the winner will continue to employee the competitor.
8th District: Campbell, Fentress, Claiborne, Scott, Union Counties
Update: With 80% of the vote in, it appears that Jared Effler has defeated incumbent Lori Phillips-Jones.
Current DAG Lori Phillips-Jones is running in her first election campaign. She was appointed to the post by Governor Bill Haslam in May 2012 to fill the seat held by her uncle, longtime DAG Paul Phillips. She was an assistant DA in his office for 11 years before taking the top job. She is being challenged by Jared Effler, who was a prosecutor in the district for more than a decade.
13th District: Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, and White Counties
Update: WIth 86% of the vote in, it appears that Brent Dunaway has defeated Tony Craighead.
Current DAG Randy York is running for a circuit court judge seat. Two men are campaigning to replace him. Bryant Dunaway, a republican from Crossville is a former police officer and City Attorney for Algood, Tenn. Tony Craighead is a democrat from Cookeville. He's spent twenty years as a prosecutor in the DAG's office.
Other DAG races:
All other District Attorney General races in East Tennessee are unopposed, with the current DAG remaining in office. The only exception is the 6th District, which covers Knox County. Current DAG Randy Nichols is retiring. Charme Knight, who has been at the DAG's office since 1989, will replace him.