Chattanooga City Councilman Chris Anderson, a Democrat, said Thursday that he is weighing a challenge to Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, in next year’s Senate District 10 election, reports the Times-Free Press.
Anderson said in the interview that either he or another Democrat will run against Gardenhire, who is seeking a second four-year term.
“He seems more concerned with pursuing a radically conservative agenda than serving the people of the 10th Senate District and the people of Tennessee,” Anderson said.
Two other Democrats are also said to be looking at running, according to Hamilton County Democrats. Several Democrats said Carl Landsden Jr., son of a former top union leader of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, plans to run. A second name could not be confirmed.
Landsden could not be reached for comment.
Gardenhire said he is “approaching [the election] like it’s a tough race because it’s going to be I’m not taking anything for granted and working hard.”
…The district includes portions of Hamilton County and several portions of GOP-leaning Bradley County.
“I think I’m very in tune with the district and will continue to do what I think is right and go from there,” Gardenhire said.
But Anderson and other Democrats believe Gardenhire is vulnerable for a number of reasons, primarily circumstances surrounding the senator’s two votes against Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal.