Republican opponent emerges in House 13 race vs. Johnson

From the Post Politics inbox comes an announcement of a GOP challenger to Gloria Johnson (D-Knoxville) in the 13th District. Jason Emert, a vice president of business development and marketing at First Choice Medical, will run against Johnson, who won by 288 votes in 2012.

“While the 13th district may not be a conservative haven, it is certainly not as liberal as Representative Johnson’s record would indicate,” said Emert. “Ms. Johnson believes that her election as our representative gave her unconditional authority to push legislation influenced only by her own liberal ideology. The people of this district will be shocked by what Representative Johnson has said and done on their behalf in Nashville. I know I certainly was.”

“Gloria Johnson’s crusade to force New York-style liberalism on Tennessee is among the reasons I have decided to run,” remarked Emert.

You can find an excellent profile of Johnson, the race and why Republicans have targeted her here.