Berke tweets support for Bredesen in Senate race

07 December, 2017, 23:40 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • News reports say Bredesen will challenge Blackburn for Senate

"Since Governor Bredesen left office and our state with a 10.4 percent unemployment rate, Tennesseans have seen their state and their lives improve". Next year's U.S. Senate election will be about comparing the Tennessee of today, to the Tennessee of yesterday, and the records and results are clear.

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, former U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher and Dr. Rolando Toyos are also seeking the position, The Tennessean reported.

Berke served in the state Senate during the last few years of Bredesen's second term, working with Bredesen on a variety of issues including K-12 and higher education.

Bredesen was Nashville mayor when he earned the Democratic gubernatorial in 1994.

Bredesen is expected to formally announce his candidacy Thursday morning.

Bredesen said back in October that he had been mulling an entry into the race after several people urged him to reconsider his initial statements that he had no interest in running.

Although Tennessee's political landscape has drastically shifted since then, with Republicans controlling both U.S. Senate seats, seven of nine Congressional seats, the governor's mansion and supermajorities in both state legislative chambers, Bredesen candidacy makes the race immediately competitive for Democrats.

Blackburn, 65, has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2003.

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