Democratic candidate announces for state Senate District 25

Kingston Springs, Tenn. — Tony Gross, a small town family businessman and city commissioner, announced Monday he is running for Tennessee State Senate District 25 to restore opportunity for small towns by fighting the extreme politics and big special interests that are blocking progress.

“Our state government could use a big dose of small town values,” Gross said. “As a family businessman and small town city commissioner, I’m in the business of solving problems and creating opportunity so we can build stronger small towns for our children. Right now there are too many extreme politicians and big special interests corrupting

Nashville and making it harder for working families to get by.”

State Senate District 25 includes Cheatham, Dickson, Hickman, Humphreys and Robertson counties.

Gross, his wife Joy, and six-year-old daughter Sophie live in Kingston Springs, where he is a city commissioner and runs the family business — Datco, Inc., a custom manufacturing company.

“Building strong small towns where hard working families can earn good wages and family businesses can prosper is job number one,” Gross said. “I ran for City Commissioner because I believe we should be investing in our future and fighting for a fair deal for our small towns. Too many politicians in the legislature are rewarding wealthy campaign contributors instead of the hard-working middle class.”

Gross is a graduate of Belmont University and he earned a Master’s Degree in Education Policy from Indiana University.

Information about Gross and the campaign can be found at

Note: Senate District 25 is now held by Sen. Jim Summerville, R-Dickson, who already has two announced Republican primary opponents — Rep. Joshua Evans, R-Greenbrier, and former Sen. Kerry Roberts, R-Springfield. Though Gross’ news release doesn’t say so, he is a Democrat, confirms a TNDP spokesman. Summerville defeated former Sen. Doug Jackson, D-Dickson, in 2010. There’s been talk that Jackson might try again, but he’s made no announcement.