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Thu Nov 16, 2017, 12:33 PM

Tennessee state Rep. JoAnne Favors: 'Time to take a different path'

NASHVILLE State Rep. JoAnne Favors, D-Chattanooga, announced Monday she won't seek re-election in 2018 and instead will retire at the end of her current term.

"It has taken a lot of introspection and talking to some close friends and family," said Favors, first elected to the House in 2004, in an interview.

Favors, now in her seventh term, is the only black representative now serving in the Hamilton County legislative delegation and just the third from the county elected to the General Assembly since the end of the 19th century.

A retired registered nurse and former health facilities administrator, Favors said her decision was based in large part on her responsibilities for taking care of her great-grandchildren and her mother, among other considerations.

Read more: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2017/nov/14/favors-time-take-different-path/456952/

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