Crim challenges Cohen to give Memphis a ‘Nashville connection’

Larry Crim, who unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination to the U.S. Senate in 2012 and 2014, is this year among candidates running the Democratic nomination to the 9th Congressional District seat held by Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen.

Crim finished fourth in the 2012 primary, won by Mark Clayton who went on to lose to Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, and was also fourth in the 2014 primary, won by Gordon Ball, who went on to lose to Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander. And he also has announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in 2018, when Corker’s seat will be up again (Crim 2018 website HERE.)

(Note: Insofar as Democrats go, the late John Jay Hooker was unquestionably the best known perennial candidate and won his party’s nomination for governor twice, in 1970 and 2006. Among Republicans, Hubert Patty of Maryville is the standout, winning the party gubernatorial nomination in 1962 (losing to Democrat Frank Clement) and subsequently running for governor six more times and for U.S. Senator seven times.

Crim’s 2016 news release is below.

News release from Larry Crim
NASHVILLE. MEMPHIS. Nashville businessman Larry Crim, CEO of Christian Counseling Centers of America Inc. and a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate statewide, has announced his campaign for U.S. Congress District 9 in Memphis in 2016.

Larry Crim says “the people of Memphis are in more serious need of a voice in our nation’s capitol in Washington and the state capitol in Nashville than any other city in Tennessee I’ve toured, which is why I decided to run for U.S. Congress to give the people of Memphis a voice.” Mr. Crim will be in the Democratic primary to be held August 4, 2016. He said he will advance a new federal and state partnership to address the long standing problems facing citizens of Memphis. “Who better to make a Nashville connection happen for Memphis” said Crim “than a Nashvillian who has been reaching out to make a connection with the people of Memphis?”

For voters wondering whether a Nashvillian can represent the people of Memphis in the U.S. Congress the answer is “Yes”. The U.S. Constitution provides a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives when elected shall be an inhabitant of “that State in which he shall be chosen.” {U.S. Const. Article 1 Sect 2). A congressional representative does not have to reside in the district (in Memphis) on the date of the election or for that matter after the election. He or she must reside in the State of Tennessee. Therefore, Larry Crim of Nashville may constitutionally either continue to reside in Nashville or move to Memphis to represent the citizens of Memphis if elected to Congress.

Crim says if elected he may move to Memphis but “it would make sense to also keep a residence in Nashville so the people of Memphis would have a Nashville connection.” Regardless, Crim pledged he will “be more visible, accessible and available to all the citizens than has been seen by the people of Memphis in a long time.”

Larry Crim said he is committed to “honoring our nation’s commitments to our country’s veterans, protecting the social security of workers who’ve paid for their retirement benefits all their lives, advancing equal educational opportunity for our youth and bringing jobs with economic improvements for all Americans residing in Memphis.”

Mr. Crim holds a Master of Public Administration from U.T. and Tennessee State University and a Master of Arts with Major in Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University. Larry Crim is CEO of Christian Counseling Centers of America Inc. and President of Veterans Comprehensive Network Inc.

The U.S. House of Representatives District 9 seat is currently held by Stephen Cohen. The Democratic primary for Congress will be held in Memphis on August 4, 2016.