Rep. Joe Carr Studying Possible Race Against DesJarlais

Thursday, December 20, 2012
Rep. Joe Carr
Rep. Joe Carr

State Rep. Joe Carr, from Lascassas in Tennessee’s 48th District, on Thursday 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.

Rep. Carr said, “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.

“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.”

Lee Beaman will chair the committee and in offering his support of Rep. Carr said, “We need someone like Rep. 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

Sheriff Robert Arnold

Dr. Ron McDow

Edwin McKnight

Jane & Cliff Sharp

Dr. Nate Schott

Bert McCarter

Rick Peppers

Laura Messick

Dr. Brent Boles

W. Ransom Jones

Karen Hudson

John Simmonds

Mishelle Perkins

Donald Blankenship

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