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State Representative Joe Carr to visit Lynchburg Tuesday

Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 9:00 am

Joe Carr

Joe Carr

Tennessee state Rep. Joe Carr is scheduled for a town hall meeting here in Lynchburg on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. At the invitation of the Moore County Republican group, Carr who is challenging incumbent Lamar Alexander to be the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, will meet with citizens of Moore County at the American Legion Building next week.

Carr, who has been a state representative since 2008, represents Rutherford County, Dist. 48. He describes himself as “a conservative, a farmer, small businessman, and husband of 30 years, father of three children, a grandfather and a man of faith.” He and his wife Ginny own Cedar Snag Farms, a 95-acre farm in Lascassas.

In his campaign release, Carr quotes Ronald Reagan: “Man is not free unless government is limited.” He states that he believes in limiting the Federal Government and empowering the States. He believes elected officials are elected to lead and must lead on principle.

David Baldovin, Moore County Republican chairman, invites and encourages all registered voters, regardless of political persuasion, to attend this open meeting.

“These opportunities are provided to help us all become better informed voters,” said Baldovin.

When announcing his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, Carr told WTN-FM host Ralph Bristol that he decided to abandon his challenge to embattled U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais to instead take on Alexander because he considers the senator “the most liberal member of the delegation from Tennessee.”

Carr was elected in 2008 to an open seat in the state House, where he has sponsored legislation seeking to address illegal immigration, gun rights and reduce state sales taxes on coins and bullion.

Earlier this year, he proposed making it a crime in Tennessee for federal agents to enforce any effort to ban firearms or ammunition in response to last year’s shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school that left 20 students and six teachers dead.

“We’re tired of political antics, cheap props of using children as bait to gin up emotional attachment for an issue that quite honestly doesn’t solve the problem,” Carr said at the time.

The bill, which ultimately failed in a Senate committee, would have also required the state’s attorney general to defend any Tennessean prosecuted for violating the potential federal gun violations.

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