After learning that Congressman Jimmy Duncan and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett spoke to the East Tennessee Libertarian Party recently, I decided to check it out for myself. It just so happened the speaker that night was State Representative Jason Zachary.
Zachary got his start in politics as a candidate against Jimmy Duncan for Congress in 2014 and won a respectable 40% of the vote. Zachary, a member of the House Transportation Committee, emphatically stated he would not support a hike in the gas tax, which will put him at odds with Governor Bill Haslam. Raising the gas tax is a priority for the Haslam administration, but bucking the odds and the powers that be doesn’t seem to bother Jason Zachary in the least.
Perhaps the most interesting question asked of Zachary that night was whether he would be a candidate for Congress in 2018. Jason Zachary said he prayed from election to election and while only time will tell, I believe he’s off and running.