Metro Councilman Jason Potts, elected to his South Nashville District 30 seat last fall, confirmed to The City Paper he plans to run as a Democrat for state House District 53 currently held by outgoing Rep. Janis Sontany.
Sontany, a Democrat and five-term representative, announced in February she would not seek re-election in August, citing a desire to spend more time with her family. Though District 53 still likely leans Democratic, the Republican-led redistricting process added some conservative areas near Williamson County.
Sontanty’s departure led real estate broker Jason Powell to declare his candidacy earlier this month  and Potts, a licensed general contractor, to do the same.
“I just feel that we need someone to step up who can give representation to the area,” Potts said. “I’m local. I’ve been here my whole life. I have ties to Woodbine. I would just like to see someone step in to that seat that’s going to work hard.”
Candidates have until April 5 to qualify for the August state primaries.
Former Councilman Randy Foster picked up qualifying papers to run as a Republican for District 53 but said he’s decided not to run.
Shannon Stoner has also picked up papers to run for District 53 as a Democrat. Nikki Goeser and Tonya Miller have picked up papers to run as Republicans. Jacob Truax has picked up papers to run as an independent.