Former Representative Bob Patton, according to an anonymous source, is planning to challenge incumbent Matthew Hill in the Seventh State House District.

Word is that Patton will be conducting polling to determine whether or not to run.

Pro-income tax Patton, you recall, was defeated by Hill in 2004. This is the same Bob Patton who, during the 2006 election was featured in a cover story in the Johnson City Press (despite the fact that he was not running for office during that year) speaking poorly of “far-right Republicans.”

There is talk of a political newcomer from Jonesborough challenging Hill, as well. This would bring the total to four in the Republican primary, including Hill, Patton, and Johnson City’s Todd Smith.