Published: February 15, 2010
State Sen. Jim Tracy announced Monday that veteran political operative Mike McCrady would be serving as campaign manager in his race for Congress.
“Mike has a great strategic mind and is an expert on grassroots campaigning. He was my first choice for the job,” said Tracy. “I saw first-hand, during the Pat Marsh victory, how Mike works and I knew I wanted him on our team.”
McCrady is a graduate of Lambuth University and holds a degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice. He has over a decade experience in local, state, and federal campaigns in Tennessee and Florida. McCrady is well known with conservatives for running the 2008 campaign to elect Lt. Col. Allen West to Florida’s 22nd Congressional district.
In September, McCrady stepped in and ran the successful campaign of Pat Marsh in the House District 62 special election. The 15 point victory for Marsh was a historic win, making it the first time a Republican had won District 62 in decades.
"I had the chance to get to know Sen. Tracy while working on Repr. Pat Marsh’s campaign," McCrady said. "I have seen how hard Sen. Tracy is willing to work to fight for conservative principles. He is going to make a great congressman and a champion for taking our government back to the basics.”
Tracy is small business owner, former teacher and coach, and former TSSAA & NCAA basketball referee. He has been married to his wife, Trena, for 33 years, and they have three sons. Jim and Trena live in Shelbyville and attend Fairlane Church of Christ, where Jim is an active member and Deacon. Jim is a 1978 graduate of The University of Tennessee at Martin with a degree in Agriculture Education.