Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Berke tweets support for Bredesen in Senate race

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke has previously expressed interest in the entering the race but may be reticent to do so with Bredesen's candidacy.

In a major recruiting coup, Democrats have successfully recruited popular former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen to run for the Senate seat that is now occupied by Bob Corker (R).

"Since Governor Bredesen left office and our state with a 10.4 percent unemployment rate, Tennesseans have seen their state and their lives improve".

Phil Bredesen is joining the race to become a US senator.

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, former Congressman Stephen Fincher and Dr. Rolando Toyos have all announced their intentions to seek the GOP nomination.

Three sources confirmed the Democrat's candidacy, as first reported by the Nashville Post, on Wednesday.

The former governor, who recently turned 74 years old, was the last Democrat to win statewide election.

Bredesen was a popular governor and widely credited with helping build Nashville's booming economy.

Bredesen, who served two terms as governor from 2003 to 2011, formally announced earlier today in a 2-minute video that he is seeking the seat being vacated by incumbent U.S. Sen.

Bredesen is entering the race after initially indicating that he felt his time had past, but numerous individuals from Tennessee and Washington have urged him to run.

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