Tennessee House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick announced at a meet and greet his support for state representative candidate Marc Gravitt. The event kicked off the Gravitt campaign for the House District 30 seat currently held by Rep. Vince Dean.
"I think Marc's going to be successful as a candidate and, more importantly, as an elected representative," stated Rep. McCormick. "He's going to represent you in a way that will make you proud, and I'm proud to be part of his team."
Rep. McCormick said he was looking forward to having another former Army sergeant in Nashville, pointing out Mr. Gravitt's six-year service in the U.S. Army. McCormick also mentioned that his wife Dr. Kimberly McCormick, associate vice president for academic affairs at Chattanooga State, had grown up with Mr. Gravitt and knew him as a man of character.
Highlighting the challenges of the upcoming budget year, Rep. McCormick praised Mr. Gravitt's business sense as a successful business owner: "I want to point out what we need in a state representative, from Hamilton County especially," said McCormick. "One of those things is business experience and the ability to go through a budget...and we know Marc has that experience as a business owner."
Rep. Dean was in attendance to lend Mr. Gravitt his support, citing Mr. Gravitt's business abilites and introducing him as "a good friend."
Rep. Dean said, "As an East Ridge resident, I've seen first-hand how Marc conducts himself as an elected official. He's brought stability to the East Ridge City Council, and proven himself to be both an ethical and professional public servant and small business owner. We need folks in Nashville who do their homework and listen to the citizens they represent, not the special interests."