FIRST ON 3: Chattanooga City councilman announces bid for District 10
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- A Chattanooga City councilman has set his sights on Nashville.
Thursday, Andrae McGary announced he is running in the August Democratic primary for the District 10 senate seat, currently held by Democratic Senator Andy Berke.
Berke said in February he would not be seeking re-election after the lines of District 10 were moved to include much of Bradley County, which is largely Republican. He is reportedly exploring a race for Mayor of Chattanooga in 2013.
McGary says he's running because he wants a seat at the table when it comes to making decisions for education and the advancement of the area's workforce.
McGary will make a formal announcement at the Hamilton County Commission Friday at 11:00 a.m.
Two other Democrats are also interested in the Senate seat. District 8 School Board representative David Testerman has qualified to run, and Quenston Coleman has picked up papers but not yet qualified. Two Republicans have qualified, Greg Vital and Todd Gardenhire.
The winner of each party's primary in August will face off in the November general election.
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