CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A Democrat is challenging U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann for a congressional seat held by Republicans since 1994.

Fifty-9-year-old Bill Taylor is the executive director of Physician Practice Resources.

Over coffee and cookies at Hamilton County Democratic Party headquarters on Thursday, Taylor described the current Congress as "appalling" and said he wants to represent what he called "the 70% in the middle."

His goals include restoring funding for the Chickamauga Lock, regulating pharmaceutical costs and requiring elected officials to sign up for Medicare, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported (

Fleischmann already faces three Republican challengers - Ron Bhalla, Jean-Howard Hill and Weston Wamp.

Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District encompasses parts of 11 counties with Chattanooga and Oak Ridge as its urban centers. Its makeup for 2012 is subject to redistricting.


Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press,

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