Former Congressman Stephen Fincher Enters Race For U.S. Senate

MEMPHIS, Tenn (localmemphis.com) - The U.S. Senate race in Tennessee is heating up after another person has put their bid in. 

 

Sunday morning former Congressman Stephen Fincher announced he is running for Senator Bob Corker's seat.  The move puts him against one of his former congressional colleagues. 

 

Fincher represented Tennessee's 8th Congressional District from 2011 to 2017 before he resigned.  On his Facebook page he said, "I'm running to help push President Donald J. Trump's agenda and shake up a do-nothing Congress."

 

His campaign website says, "Tennesseans are fed up with Washington dysfunction, special interests and the failure of career politicians to deliver results,"

 

His online profile says he manages Fincher Farms, a 7th generation family business. He also sings in a family gospel music ministry started by his grandmother more than 60 years ago.

 

Fincher's announcement comes after a 10-day listening tour around the state. Fincher, 44, and a Crocket County native, describes himself as a farmer and small business man.  He also said that he is not a career politician.  Local 24 news spoke to local political consultant and Senior Editor of the Memphis Flyer, Jackson Baker about the announcement. 

 

"He is a very strong campaigner, Fincher is. And when I talked to him he seemed particularly convinced that he had an issue he could run on and beat Marsha Blackburn with," Baker explained. 

 

Fincher will be running against at least three other Republicans; conservative activist Andy Ogles, Larry Crim, and U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn.  Baker says Blackburn will be his toughest competitor. 

 

"Most issues they are going to be very identical really, the drug issue is the big difference," Baker said. 

 

That issue centers around legislation about the opioid crisis in Tennessee.  Baker says this issue will be key in the upcoming election because Fincher missed that vote in Washington due to family issues. 

 

"He had a brother who had a serious medical condition and he was absent from Washington when that bill was considered. So he didn't get to vote on the record. Everybody in Washington had voted for it, it was kind of a voice vote thing and Marsha was a very serious sponsor of it," Baker explained.

 

On the Democratic side, Nashville attorney James Mackler announced he's running. Also, former TN Governor Phil Bredesen is considering a run, but he has not officially announced his plans. 

 


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