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4th District Race Now ‘Head to Head Matchup’ Between Tracy, Desjarlais

Press release from Jim Tracy for U.S. Congress; August 20, 2013:

Murfreesboro, TN– Joe Carr dropped out of the 4th Congressional District Race today at a press conference held in Murfreesboro leaving the race to a head to head matchup between State Senator Jim Tracy and Scott Desjarlais.

“I’m focused on running a grassroots, people-first campaign,” said Jim Tracy. The people of the Fourth District are hard-working, honest conservative folks and they deserve a strong and effective voice in Congress, which right now they do not have.”

Jim Tracy has dominated the fundraising arena since announcing to run in January and ended the second quarter with over $656,000 cash on hand compared to Desjarlais’ $88,000.

“My decision to run and my campaign have never been about the other candidates in the Fourth Congressional District, it has always been about the people and who they think can best represent them. I’m ready for the challenge and I look forward to the opportunity to serve them in Washington.”

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Carr Announces Congressional Candidacy

Press release from the Joe Carr campaign for Congress; April 26, 2013:

Lascassas, TN– Rep. Joe Carr announced today his candidacy for the 4th Congressional district. The decision follows a successful exploratory phase chaired by prominent business leaders, Lee Beaman and Dr. Nate Schott. In just 6 weeks, Carr’s exploratory committee raised over $205,000 (nearly double the amount raised by incumbent Rep. Scott DesJarlais during the most recent filing period).

“Ginny and I are humbled by the outpouring of encouragement and financial support over the past several weeks. We are grateful for those who served on our exploratory committee and for so many friends who have demonstrated their confidence in me,” Carr stated.

“I am running for Congress because our country is in crisis and Tennesseans are hungry for strong, principled, conservative leadership. Our families face chronic unemployment and our leaders in Washington are taking us down a path of decay and financial ruin. Washington is paralyzed because our representatives are more interested in themselves than the people they represent. The Obama administration and their liberal allies in Washington continually assault our rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution. The only way to change the culture in Washington, is to change the men and women we send there,” Carr added.

Carr’s Exploratory Committee Chairman, Lee Beaman, praised the decision and pointed to Carr’s proven record in the state house as indicative of the strong, principled leadership he will bring to Washington. “Rep. Carr led the fight to curb illegal immigration, abolish the death tax, protect the 2nd amendment and secure funding for the desperately needed MTSU science building,” Beaman stated. “Joe’s outstanding leadership in introducing and fighting for economic reforms in the General Assembly has helped Tennessee become the 4th most business friendly state in the nation. If there’s one thing I know about Joe Carr, it’s that he’s a proven conservative leader and fighter,” Beaman added. “He will shake up Washington, DC.”

“I will lead with integrity and advance the conservative movement in Washington,” Carr promised. “I will continue fighting for the Constitution and the first principles that made our country great: personal responsibility, individual liberty, and limited government. Additionally, I will stand firm in defense of the 2nd amendment against the assault from the Obama administration. We must protect the gun rights of law abiding citizens; otherwise the rest of the Bill of Rights and our status as a free society will be in jeopardy.”

Rep. Carr, a 1981 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, is a business consultant who helps companies become more energy efficient. Additionally, he and his wife Ginny own and operate Cedar Snag Farms in Lascassas.

He was elected to the Tennessee General Assembly in 2008 and currently serves as Chairman of the Local Government subcommittee. He is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and member of the National Federation of Independent Business, Tennessee Right to Life, Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raider Athletic Association and supporter of Greenhouse Ministries. He is also an accomplished private pilot and member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association.

Rep. Carr has been married to Ginny for 30 years, and they have three children, Erin, Maddie and Joe, Jr. Ginny and Joe also have a grandson, Colby. He has lived in Rutherford County since he was a young boy and his family roots go back five generations in Rutherford County. Joe, Ginny and Joe Jr. are members of Believers Chapel in Murfreesboro.

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Ketron Won’t Run For 4th Congressional District

Statement from Senator Bill Ketron; Jan. 23, 2012:

Senator Ketron will not be candidate for4th Congressional District

(MURFREESBORO, TN), January 23, 2012 –

“After careful consideration, I have decided not to enter the Congressional race for the new 4th District in Tennessee.

I have grown up believing that elected office is still one of the best ways a person can contribute to our society; and service in the United States Congress is certainly the pinnacle of civic responsibility. The most important step in launching any campaign, however, is to evaluate the impact it will have on your family. My family is my inspiration and support. My father, who was my best friend passed away 11 months ago. I made a promise to him that I would take care of my mother, my family and the business that he started 43 years ago.

Another factor which has significant weight in this decision is that my leadership position in the Tennessee Senate affords me the opportunity to positively impact the future of my district and our state. It has taken us years, working together in the legislature, to move Tennessee forward in becoming one of the best states in the country to live and work. I am honored to have played a role in these changes but feel my work is not done here. I can be much more productive by being 1 of 33, instead of 1 of 435 and starting at the bottom.

This decision-making process has been very beneficial. Running for Congress has been a public service in which I have aspired since I was young. Sometimes in life we discover that what we always thought we wanted, when weighed against other factors, is not the most important priority in your life. Running for Congress is just that scenario for me.

I will commit to join with Congressman Scott DesJarlais as we work for the betterment of our great State.