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Jim Tracy, who currently represents state senatorial district 14, announced his candidacy for Congress Wednesday at the famed Reeves-Sain Pharmacy in Murfreesboro.
Tracy, a small business owner and conservative state senator, said he was running for Congress because government is both financially and morally bankrupt, and in order to get America back on the right track, the country needs leaders of character and integrity with a core belief in conservative principles serving in Congress.
“I am running for Congress because our government is broken – morally and financially,” said Tracy (Rep., Shelbyville). “I am a conservative in word and deed. I have lived my life both personally and professionally in a way that is consistent with my core conservative values.
“If you give me the honor of serving you in Congress, I will work to implement solutions that cut spending, rein in government and keep taxes low,” he continued. “I promise that I will never embarrass you with my personal conduct or compromise on my conservative principles. I have served my constituents for the past eight years in an honorable and consistent way. I will continue to do so if you give me the honor of serving you in Washington.”
Tracy, a former teacher and coach, small business owner and life-long resident of the district, said he has a solid conservative record in the Tennessee State Senate where he has served for the past eight years. He has a 100% rating from Tennessee Right to Life and a 100% rating from NFIB.
He has been married to his wife, Trena, for 36 years and they have raised three sons, Chad, Craig, and Connor. He and his wife attend Fairlane Church of Christ where he is an active member and deacon.
Tracy said he shares the frustration of Tennesseans with the direction of our country, adding that he is committed to getting our fiscal house in order, protecting our Constitution, limiting the reach of the federal government and restoring the values that made America the greatest nation on earth.
“The only way we are going to get our fiscal house in order is with real structural reform,” he said. “Spending is out of control, and our tax code is broken.
“We must pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution and fundamentally reform our tax code. I won’t rest until we do,” said Tracy. “As a small business owner, I know it is imperative that we get government out of the way so that the private sector can create jobs. I will fight to eliminate job killing regulations and mandates so that the private sector can grow and create jobs.”
Tracy will face incumbent Dr. Scott DesJarlais in the August 2014 primary. DesJarlais is a fellow Republican who, in the November election, faced controversy when he was challenged by Eric Stewart (Dem., Winchester).