Senator Bob Corker’s decision not to seek re-election scrambled the Democrat political landscape in Tennessee as well as the well-documented Republican side.
Nashville State Sen. Jeff Yarbro is a no now about running for the Corker seat, but who else is running on the democratic side?
“I am running to make sure the people of TN have access to high quality good paying jobs, good educational opportunities and access to quality health care,” says former Nashville lawyer and Iraq war vet James Mackler.
Mackler announced six months ago that his full-time job would be seeking the Democratic nomination for Senator Bob Corker’s seat, whether the incumbent was running or not.
“No my message does not change. I am out there meeting people, learning from them, making sure they understand I stand for, what my values are and what I am going to do for the people of TN,” says Mackler.
With State Senator Jeff Yarbro out, former State Senator and now Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke is weighing the U.S. Senate race. He’s talked a long time about growing the Democratic party, which he did here in 2012.
“Organize, be strong and say to be people, here are the things we believe and not be ashamed to say those things,” says Berke.
Nashville lawyer and businessman Larry Woods is also considering a run on the Democratic side.