Rich Hall, a small business owner in Oneida, said he is running for Tennessee’s 3rd U.S. Congressional District House Representative as an Independent write-in candidate in November’s general election.
Mr. Hall, 51, operates a free weekly shopper in Oneida.
He said, "I am married to my wife, Dawn Hall, of more than 30 years. We have two children, a 12-year-old and a 10-year-old. Both children attend public school.
"I want to go to DC to Represent constituents’ concerns and work for a working, strong middle class economy for Tennessee and the rest of the country.
"I started out this election season prepared to support the best candidate for a middle class economy that could represent the 3rd District. I was depending on the Democratic or an Independent because Republicans are already representing the wealthiest constituents with a 0% capital gains tax proposal, and everything that goes with that kind of failed economic policy thinking.
"At this point I believe I’m the best candidate to Represent the 3rd District of Tennessee.
"We are in a crisis, a failing economy. The political establishment has been geared to acting for the most powerful corporations and top wealth holders. We have to take our Congress back by voting in people who will support and represent sane middle class economic policy. Our economy and way of life are hanging on by a thread. The most obvious measures that could be taken are dismissed over ideological differences. I will side with the middle class and middle class economy.
"We need a Congress that will take back our economy from countries rich in low wages and other harmful advantages over nations that work and sacrifice to maintain a healthy middle class civilization. We have to even out the global market playing field a little more in our favor to fix our failing middle class economy. We also need a representative that will work to keep the promise of Social Security and Medicare.
"I’d be in Congress to represent the interests of a middle class economy for the citizens of the 3rd District of Tennessee and all working class Americans. I will work for real improvement to our economy on the working class level and with either party or group that is working towards that result - jobs and a future."