Republican state Sen. Jim Tracy continues his second bid for a seat in Congress.
On Tuesday, the Shelbyville native announced additions to his leadership team, which reads as a virtual who's who of Rutherford County.
“I am humbled by the outpouring of support from so many folks in the 4th Congressional District,” Tracy said in a press release. “I won’t let them down. I am a conservative in word and deed. I have lived my life both personally and professionally in a way that is consistent with my core conservative values.
"If I have the honor to serve in Congress I will work to implement solutions that cut spending, rein in government, and keep taxes low. And I promise that I will never embarrass my constituents, my state or my country with my personal conduct or compromise on my conservative principles.”
A small sampling of the team includes Rutherford County School Board Member Wayne Blair, Kristin and Peter Demos, Smyrna Mayor Tony Dover, Doris and Clyde Jones, Drs. Mary and Max Moss, Kitty and Matt Murfree, former newspaper publisher Mark Pirtle, Joyce and Chuck Taylor, and Mary and Jack Weatherford.
"The overwhelming support from grassroots activists, elected officials and fundraisers highlights the desire in Tennessee’s 4th Congressional District to be represented by a person of strong character and integrity who people can trust to be true to conservative Tennessee values," Tracy said.
Tracy announced earlier this month his intention to challenge incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais in the Republican Party primary in 2014.
In the waning weeks in the 2012 election season, DesJarlais became embroiled in personal scandals surrounding allegations of abortions, adultery, domestic abuse and the possible revocation of his medical licenses for inappropriate relationships with patients for whom he was prescribing narcotics.
Although Tracy acknowledged that he initially supported DesJarlais, the Shelbyville native said he was astounded by what was included in court transcripts detailing the allegations and felt betrayed, as did many in the Republican Party.
Tracy previously ran for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008 after former U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon announced his retirement. Tracy narrowly lost in the primary in a three-way race between U.S. Rep. Diane Black, who represents the 6th Congressional District, and the former chair of the Rutherford County Republican Party, Lou Ann Zelenik.