Tracy makes it official

Republican state senator will make run for seat being vacated by Rep. Bart Gordon

State Sen. Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) has made it official, informing and other media outlets that he will be a candidate for the congressional seat being vacated by longtime Democratic Cong. Bart Gordon.

"I am running on common sense and conservative principles." Tracy said, "I want to represent the folks in the 6th district and not the politicians in Washington."

He added, "I look forward to the campaign and getting to know people all across the district and listening to the issues that important to them."

In the coming days Tracy said that he will be announcing a committee that will steer his congressional campaign. That committee will advise him politically as well as raise money for his efforts.

Republicans who have already announced that they will challenge Gordon are former Rutherford County GOP chair Lou Ann Zelenik, retired U.S. Army Reserves Major General Dave Evans of Bedford County, and businessman Kerry Roberts.

Republican state Senators Diane Black (Gallatin) and Bill Ketron (Murfreesboro) are said to be considering a run as well.

While this seat has been held by Democrats for decades, formerly held by heavyweights like Al Gore and Cordell Hull, it will likely see a bumper crop of GOP candidates as the district has shifted in the past decade and leans more Republican.