Sixth GOP candidate files in 8th Congressional District

Ken Atkins, a corrections officer and former car dealership owner from Fayette County, is the latest Republican to file a qualifying petition for the 8th Congressional District seat being vacated by Rep. Stephen Fincher, reports the Commercial Appeal.

Atkins described himself as a conservative and said he was running to bring jobs to West Tennessee, cut spending in Washington and support law enforcement.

“I’ve never been a politician. My whole life I’ve been living and breathing politics,” he said.

His entry brings the Republican field to six. State Sen. Brian Kelsey, former U.S. Attorney David Kustoff, Shelby County Register of Deeds Tom Leatherwood, Shelby County Commissioner Steve Basar and Memphis radiologist George Flinn have filed or announced their intention to seek the office.