Dr. Oluyomi Faparusi seeks 4th District seat

The Times-Free Press has a report on Dr. Oluyomi “Yomi” Faparusi, who is running for the Republican nomination in the 4th Congressional District seat now held by Rep. Scott DesJarlais.

Faparusi first ran in 2014, pulling 284 votes out 0f 77,504 cast in the GOP primary…. Faparusi said, he’s running “because our district has not witnessed the same level of prosperity as neighboring districts in Tennessee.”

“This is a decision grounded in the belief that Tennessee 4th is a beacon of hope for economic development, rather than a study of unmet expectations. We need an advocate who will fight for us in Washington DC and beyond,” he wrote.

The Nigeria-born Faparusi holds a medical degree from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria and a law degree from Widener University in Delaware, as well as a Ph.D. in public health from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, his campaign announcement states.

He has a law practice, a consultancy partnership and a service-oriented company, he said. He and his wife, Yetunde Faparusi, have three sons.

Faparusi helped campaign for Rick Perry early in 2012 and later worked in the Mitt Romney presidential campaign, and has been a member of the Young Republicans in Maryland and Tennessee.

His campaign will focus on the need to reduce spending and the national debt, to restore the economy, and to enact viable immigration reform

“Both sides need to stop playing politics and come together to solve this crisis,” he said. “The American democracy that we hold so dear from our country’s forefathers cannot and should not be reduced to talking points and pandering.”