The Moore County Republicans will welcome State Senator Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) to its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 29.
Tracy will speak with the local group beginning at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Building. Last month the group met with Joe Carr, who is attempting to unseat U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander.
“As with Carr, we invite all of Tracy’s constituents, regardless of political affiliation; and of course the foremost reason we invited him is his candidacy for the 4th Congressional U. S. House seat,” said David Baldovin, Chairman of the Moore County GOP.
Carr was originally running for the 4th Congressional District seat, but dropped out of that race in August to focus on challenging Alexander.
That leaves Tracy and newly-announced candidate John Anderson — a Bell Buckle schoolteacher and political activist — to challenge incumbent Scott DesJarlais in the 2014 Republican primary.
Tracy, a Shelbyville native, is a former science teacher, coach and former TSSAA and NCAA basketball referee. In 1989 he started Jim Tracy Insurance Agency in Shelbyville. He has been a member of the Tennessee Senate since 2004, representing District 14, which encompasses Bedford, Lincoln, Marshall, Moore and parts of Rutherford counties.
“My decision to run and my campaign have never been about the other candidates in the Fourth Congressional District, it has always been about the people and who they think can best represent them,” Tracy said when Carr dropped out of the race in August. “I’m focused on running a grassroots, people-first campaign.
“The people of the Fourth District are hard-working, honest conservative folks and they deserve a strong and effective voice in Congress, which right now they do not have. I’m ready for the challenge and I look forward to the opportunity to serve them in Washington.”
In an interview with The Daily Caller following his announcement for candidacy in January, Tracy said his major goals would be to pass a balanced budget amendment — something he noted that he has done successfully for the past 8 years in Tennessee, along with “tax reform, entitlement reform,” and “(cutting) spending in order to reduce the debt and “get this economy moving.”
Tracy added that he would use his time to grow his campaign coffers and get to know the people of Tennessee’s 4th District.
ROBERT HOLMAN, Editor & Publisher