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VOL. 35 | NO. 46 | Friday, November 18, 2011




Democrat Eric Stewart announces bid for US House

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NASHVILLE (AP) - State Sen. Eric Stewart announced Thursday that he will seek to reclaim one of three congressional seats lost by Tennessee Democrats last year.

The Winchester Democrat said in a release that he's running for the 4th District seat on a platform of job creation, fighting illegal drugs and fostering small businesses. He said partisanship in Washington has prevented problems from being solved.

"Congress is only focused on slinging mud and pointing fingers instead of taking action to create jobs and reduce our debt," he said in his announcement.

The 4th District seat is now held by Republican Scott DesJarlais, a Jasper physician who last year unseated Democratic incumbent Lincoln Davis. The 4th District spans 24 counties from the state lines of Kentucky to Alabama.

Stewart's decision to run for Congress means he won't be able to be able to mount a re-election bid to the state Senate seat he won in 2008.

State l awmakers have yet to approve redistricting plans for either legislative or congressional seats, though the shape of both Stewart's current state Senate district and the 4th U.S. House District are expected to change dramatically because their current populations fall well below the ideal number following the 2010 Census.

Before his election to the state Senate, Stewart served on the Franklin County Commission. His father is the county's mayor.

Stewart, 39, has run a home improvement business started by his father since selling off his insurance agency.

In the most recent legislative session, Stewart was a leading critic of Republican bills to curb teachers' union rights and making tenure more difficult to maintain. Both measures ultimately became law.

Stewart noted that his wife is a public school teacher and his mother is a middle school principal.

State senators last year had mixed success in congressional races. Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville l ost the GOP nomination in the 6th District to then-Sen. Diane Black of Gallatin, the eventual winner in the general election.

Meanwhile, state Sen. Roy Herron, D-Dresden, lost the 8th District race to Republican Steve Fincher, a Crockett County farmer.

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