Evans announces for Senate Dist. 25; Roberts touts fundraising

State Rep. Joshua Evans, R-Greenbriar, formally announced as a candidate in state Senate District 25, the seat now held by Sen. Jim Summerville, R-Dickson.

Meanwhile, former state Sen. Kerry Roberts, R-Springfield, who had announced for the seat earlier, is touting his first fundraiser.

The three-way race is thus continuing to shape up as one of the most competitive Republican primaries in the state next year (with rumors of other possible entries).

News releases from both Evans and Roberts are below.

News release from Joshua Evans campaign:
SPRINGFIELD, TN – State Representative Joshua Evans announced his candidacy for the newly formed 25th District of the Tennessee State Senate. As a first responder, small businesses owner, and public servant, Evans has a unique understanding of the issues that face the five-county district, and the experience to achieve solutions.

“It has been an honor to serve in the General Assembly, and I look forward to the opportunity to serve in the Senate, and continue the fight for Tennessee’s families, to reduce our tax burden, improve our schools, and to develop an environment where business owners can succeed and create jobs,” said Evans.

During his five years in the General Assembly, Evans has been instrumental in moving forward key legislation that has resulted in the reduction of the sales tax on groceries and the Hall Income Tax, elimination of the state’s gift and death taxes, and establishment of essential education reforms that have led to measurable improvement in student achievement. Evans has also been a consistent champion for our constitutional rights, and for the sanctity of all human life. By focusing on fiscal restraint, improving education, and creating an environment where businesses can create jobs, Evans has shown a clear understanding of what it takes to make Tennessee and the district he represents appealing to employers and residents.

Through his years of service in elected office, Evans has built a strong reputation as a hard worker and responsive public servant. This strong reputation of hard work in both Nashville, and at home, is reflected in the strength of his early fundraising efforts. As he kicks off his Senate race, Evans has more than $50,000 cash-on-hand – significantly outpacing the other announced candidates in the race, who have each raised less than $7,000 as of the latest filing.

“I have been overwhelmed by the interest and enthusiasm I have seen as I have traveled across the 25th District. I share the values that characterize this district: a commitment to strong families, a passion for hard work, and a strong sense of responsibility to the community. These values will always shape my decisions as I work with the residents of the 25th District to improve opportunities for job growth, support parents and teachers in their efforts to provide the best education to our young people, and ensure that our values are reflected in the work that is done in Nashville,” continued Evans.

The 25th Senate District was created as a result of the 2012 redistricting, and it includes Cheatham, Dickson, Hickman, Humphreys, and Robertson Counties.

For more information, visit EvansForSenate.com or Facebook.com/RepJoshuaEvans.

About Joshua Evans:

Joshua Evans served eight years in local government and was elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2008. He is a small business owner and has served as a volunteer firefighter in Robertson County since 2001. Joshua and his family live in Greenbrier, and he is a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church.

News release from Kerry Roberts campaign:
Springfield, TN (Monday, September 23, 2013) – Kerry Roberts’ Senate Re-election Campaign kick-off dinner was a record-breaking success and his Robertson County campaign office is now open. Roberts is seeking re-election to the Tennessee Senate to represent Cheatham, Dickson, Hickman, Humphreys, and Robertson counties.
“Senator Roberts’ kick-off dinner was one of the largest political dinners and fundraisers that we’ve seen in Robertson County,” said Raymond Knowles, who hosted the event along with his wife, Jane, at their Owens Chapel farm. “The enthusiasm for Kerry is strong. Robertson County folks want to see Kerry re-elected and his momentum continues to grow.”
The kick-off dinner was a success for Roberts. “The dinner was the best-attended event for Kerry ever, including events hosted by Governor Haslam in 2012 and Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey in 2011,” said Eric Jones, CPA, campaign treasurer. “After all the pledges are collected, we expect it to set a record for money raised.”
Jones went on to state that during Roberts’ previous Senate campaign, Friends of Kerry Roberts raised over $200,000. “Our team was highly successful raising money for the last campaign. People appreciate the job Kerry did in the Senate and want to see him return. We expect this campaign to be equally successful.”
In other news, the Robertson County campaign headquarters is now open at 607 S. Locust Street in Springfield. “Our Robertson County volunteer team is over 20 strong and we had outgrown Kerry’s parlor,” said Denise Burnett, volunteer coordinator for the campaign. “We now have a great environment for our team to gather and feed off each other’s energy. We have momentum and we are excited!”
To volunteer for the campaign, sign up at www.kerryroberts.com/join or contact Burnett directly at 615-651-6903.
 Kerry Roberts is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and small business owner. Married since 1987, Kerry and Dianne, along with their three children, live on a small farm where Kerry enjoys working with antique tractors. His children are enrolled in Robertson County public schools.
Roberts was first elected to serve Robertson and Sumner counties in March 2011. In 2012, Senate districts were changed as a result of population growth and the new Senate district includes Cheatham, Dickson, Hickman, Humphreys, and Robertson counties.
In addition to serving in the Tennessee Senate, Kerry previously worked as a Certified Public Accountant, taught accounting and business classes at Lipscomb University, and served as President and Chairman of the National Bicycle Dealers Association. He is a 1983 graduate of Lipscomb University.
Kerry is a strong conservative. For more on Kerry’s values, his stand on the issues, and legislation sponsored in the Senate, visit www.kerryroberts.com