Terry Adams, a Navy veteran, entrepreneur and attorney, announced Monday that he has filed to run as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate in 2014.
“After getting strong encouragement from a wide range of people around Tennessee, I have decided to enter this race,” Mr. Adams said. “We think the time is right for someone with a unique profile to run and win this seat and to serve Tennessee.”
Mr. Adams said, “Washington is broken and we are not going to fix it by sending back the same people responsible for breaking it in the first place.”
Mr. Adams noted that if we had more small business owners and military veterans in Washington that common sense might prevail over out-of-control gridlock and brinksmanship.
“We have fewer veterans serving than in recent memory and I think that’s one of the reasons Washington is so painfully partisan and amazingly ineffective.”
With Republicans Lamar Alexander and Joe Carr battling for the nomination, Mr. Adams also noted that the Tea Party candidate had defeated an establishment Republican in at least eight recent Republican primaries for Senate: in Utah (Senator Lee), Colorado, Delaware, Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky (Senator Paul), Nevada, and Texas (Senator Cruz). Five out of the eight candidates then lost general elections.
Mr. Adams has roots in East, West and Middle Tennessee. He and his wife Phillis have two businesses in the Knoxville area where they live. Mr. Adams was raised in Nashville and went to college at UT Knoxville and the University of Memphis.
Nashville attorney, former Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman, and former U.S. Senate Democratic Party nominee, Bob Tuke is the treasurer of Mr. Adams’ campaign.
A formal campaign kickoff and statewide tour is being scheduled.