Jim Tracy has officially announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress.
In a release sent to the media on New Year's Day, Tracy threw his hat in the ring and took a dig at the current congressman representing the district he is vying for, Rep. Scott DesJarlais.
Tracy is a Republican state senator and former candidate for the 6th Congressional District who, due to redistricting, now lives in the 4th. He said he is running for Congress "because our government is both financially and morally bankrupt and in order to get America back on the right track we need leaders of character and integrity with a core belief in conservative principles serving in Congress."
If that wasn't subtle enough, the campaign release goes on to state, "Tracy will face incumbent Dr. Scott DesJarlais in the August 2014 primary. DesJarlais is a fellow Republican embroiled in personal scandal surrounding abortions, adultery, domestic abuse and the possible revocation of his medical licenses for inappropriate relationships with patients for whom he was prescribing narcotics."
Tracy has served in the Tennessee State Senate for the past eight years and is a former teacher and coach.
Over the past few weeks, State Rep. Joe Carr (R-Lascassas) and State Rep. Kevin Brooks (R-Cleveland) have expressed interest in mounting a challenge to DesJarlais. Carr has gone as far as forming an exploratory committee to “determine the viability of a successful run.” Tracy becomes the first actual challenger and will file as such with the Federal Election Commission.
A formal announcement is expected Wednesday in Murfreesboro.