Republican Green Launches Campaign Against Sen. Barnes

Dr. Mark Green – Republican hopeful for the District 22 state Senate seat currently held by Democrat Tim Barnes – fired an opening campaign shot at his presumed opponent Friday evening.
From the Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle:
Speaking to a dinner audience of almost 100 campaign supporters at the Hilton Garden Inn near Exit 4, Green didn’t mention Sen. Barnes by name, but said, “I won’t ride on the coattails of (state Rep.) Joe Pitts.”
Backed at the complimentary dinner by leading Tennessee Republicans including U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, Green, who has lived in Clarksville for 10 years, officially launched his bid for the GOP nomination for Tennessee’s Senate. Earlier in the day, Blackburn and Ramsey had led other fundraising efforts for Green’s campaign.
Green is CEO of Align MD, a Clarksville-based health care company serving hospitals in five Southeastern states. He also founded Align MD Foundation, which provides physicians for humanitarian mission trips to Ethiopia and Cambodia. Green served in the Army as a ranger and as a special operations physician, participating in the capture of Saddam Hussein. He interviewed Hussein on the night of his capture.
In an evening event emceed by retired Gen. Hugh Smith, Green was hailed as a “true American hero” by Ramsey. Blackburn said Green joins the party platform focused on “jobs, the economy, and out-of-control government spending.”
“I am a warrior, and I am a fighter,” Green told his audience, “and I want to fight for this community.”

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