Hale unseats 14-year incumbent in state house race

August 4, 2022
Michael Hale

Smith County will be represented by a new member in the Tennessee House of Representatives as Michael Hale defeated Terri Lynn Weaver in the Republican Primary for Tennessee House District 40 during the August 4 election. Weaver carried Smith County with 1,678 votes to Hale’s 1,534; however, Hale outperformed Weaver in the other areas of the 40th District. Click here to see the election results for the entire district.

Weaver, a resident of Lancaster, has represented Smith County and House District 40 since being elected in 2008.

Michael Hale, a lifelong resident of DeKalb County and District 40, is seeking election for public office for the first time. He will move on to the state general election in November, where Tom Cook will be opposite on the ballot as the Democratic nominee.

House District 40 now consists of all of Cannon, DeKalb, Jackson, Smith Counties, and a portion of Wilson County. House District 40 was redrawn for the once-a-decade redistricting after the 2020 census.