State Sen. Bo Watson said he has decided not to make a race for the Third District House seat being vacated by Zach Wamp, but former Tennessee Repubican Party Chairman Robin Smith apparently will.
Ms. Smith, who is from Hixson, said she will make an announcement on Wednesday.
She said she has toured all the counties in the Third District and plans another tour.
She recently resigned her GOP post and said she was looking into the Third District contest.
Mark Winslow of Ms. Smith's staff said there will not be a single announcement, but events in each of the 11 counties in the district on Wednesday and Thursday.
She is set to be at Wally's Restaurant on McCallie Avenue in Chattanooga on Wednesday at noon.
Sen. Watson, a Republican from Hixson, said he will concentrate on his state Senate job.
He said, "I love what I am doing. I love the district and the people I represent. I believe that at this moment in time my service to my community is best served in the Tennessee state Senate.".
Here is the Robin Smith schedule:
DISTRICT TOUR SCHEDULE
July 1, 2009
7:00 Polk County: New York Restaurant
95 Ocoee St, Copperhill
9:00 Bradley County: Little Old Fort Inn
1422 25th St NW, Cleveland
12:00 Hamilton County: Wally’s Restaurant
1600 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga
2:00 Meigs County Jones Street Café
17861 State Highway 58 N, Decatur
4:00 Rhea County Dayton Coffee Shop
280 2nd Avenue, Dayton
6:00 Roane County Shoney’s
1809 South Roane Street, Harriman
July 2, 2009
7:00 Jefferson County Perkins Family Restaurant
501 Patriot Drive, Dandridge
9:00 Grainger County Hardees
Hwy 11 West, Rutledge
12:00 Anderson County Flatwater Grill
100 Melton Lake Peninsula, Oak Ridge
5:00 Union County McDonald’s
2716 Maynardville Hwy, Maynardville
7:00 Claiborne County Old Town Grill
1440 N Broad St, Tazewell