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Joe Carr has formed an exploratory committee to take on Scott DesJarlais:

State Representative Joe Carr, from Tennessee’s 48th District has announced the formation of a campaign exploratory steering committee focused on testing the waters in a potential bid for Tennessee’s 4th Congressional District. The district stretches across 16 counties in southern middle and east Tennessee. The exploratory committee will be tasked with determining the viability of a successful run to replace U.S. Congressman Scott DeJarlais in the 2014 Republican Primary.

“The formation of the exploratory committee is in response to an outpouring of people from all across the 4th congressional district, asking me to consider running for this office. The voters have told me that a trust has been violated. The voters want someone who not only lives by their values but will fight for them. The time for back slapping good ole boy politics is over and Tennesseans understand this,” said Carr. “I’m extremely proud to represent my fellow Tennesseans in the 48th legislative district and will continue to do so while my family, friends and I determine what is in the best interest of this great state”, said State Representative Joe Carr, 48th Legislative District.

Lee Beaman will chair the committee and in offering his support of Representative Carr said; “we need someone like Representative Carr who understands the principles of personal responsibility and a smaller more efficient government. Joe understands the policy needs of Tennessee and is able to effectively communicate those positions. I certainly hope Joe pursues this.”

Dr. Nate Schott, former Chairman of the Rutherford County Republican Party in Murfreesboro stated, “Joe has an intensity and passion for what’s right seldom seen in our elected leaders. I intend to do all I can to assist Joe in making the best decision, not only for himself and his family but also for the great state of Tennessee. I have encouraged Joe to seriously consider taking his conservative values to Washington D.C. as our next congressman.”

Partial lists of Tennesseans who have volunteered for the exploratory committee are:

Lee Beaman - Chairman        Dr. Nate Schott        W. Ransom Jones
Sheriff Robert Arnold            Bert McCarter            Karen Hudson
Dr. Ron McDow            Rick Peppers            John Simmonds
Edwin McKnight            Laura Messick            Mishelle Perkins
Jane & Cliff Sharp            Dr. Brent Boles        Donald Blankenship