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John Gillespie earned the Republican nomination for Tennessee House District 97 yesterday garnering over 78% of the vote. “I’m grateful to the more than 4,600 Republican voters who participated in our primary. It’s an honor to be the GOP candidate and I look forward to the campaign this autumn,” remarked Gillespie.

The general election offers a clear choice to voters. “I want to rebuild our economy and create jobs by supporting small businesses. I support fiscally conservative policies such as low debt, low taxes, and retaining Tennessee’s strong AAA bond rating,” Gillespie said.

Gillespie also discussed his plans for schools. “We can improve education by focusing resources on areas that will make a difference. I want to raise teacher pay, increase support for vocational and technical classes that teach job-ready skills, and focus more on early childhood education,” he stated.

I have the financial experience to keep Tennessee on the right track. My opponent’s plan on most issues is simply to spend more money. I believe we can do better than this,” said Gillespie.

A graduate of High Point University, Gillespie is a native Memphian. He supports the mission of a local senior living facility by serving as Grant Coordinator. Gillespie began his career in banking and finance starting as a customer service representative at a local bank before working his way up to the mortgage division at another Memphis financial institution. He is a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church.

House District 97 includes parts of Bartlett, Cordova, and East Memphis. Representative Jim Coley is retiring from the HD 97 seat at the end of this term and has endorsed Gillespie. More information about Gillespie may be found by visiting