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Democrats Have a Chance in 3rd District?

From the Chattanooga TFP:
To hear Hamilton County Democratic Party Vice Chairman Rodney Strong tell it, “Do-Nothing Chuck, Little Prince Wamp and maybe The Milkman” can be defeated.
Strong renamed the Republican U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann; his 24-year-old son-of-a-former-congressman primary challenger, Weston Wamp; and another potential GOP opponent, dairy mogul Scottie Mayfield, at the local Democratic Party’s executive committee meeting Thursday night.
Wamp and a spokesman for Fleischmann declined comment. Mayfield could not be reached.
In a brief interview after the meeting, Strong said Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District race is within reach for a party that hasn’t tasted victory since 1992. Strong said the newly drawn congressional district, which includes parts or all of six fresh counties, could benefit Democratic hopefuls Mary Headrick, a physician from Union County, and Chattanooga businessman Bill Taylor, both of whom attended the meeting.
“We’re feeling good,” said Strong, an assistant district attorney for Hamilton County. “The new district gives the Republican [candidates] no better name recognition than our own people.”

Union County Doctor Seeks 3rd District Democratic Nod

Dr. Mary Headrick, an internal medicine physician from Maynardville, Tenn., tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press she will oppose businessman Bill Taylor in August’s Democratic primary for the party’s 3rd Congressional District nomination.
The winner will face U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., or one of his many Republican primary challengers.
In an email to local Democratic operatives, Headrick, 63, said she would campaign to “spend no more dollars and lives in Afghanistan and Iraq,” push for American manufacturing jobs and reverse a Supreme Court ruling that stopped government from limiting how much corporations can spend for political purposes.
“We should have one man, one vote,” she said in an interview. “Not [catering to] corporations and ignoring how the people vote.”
State legislators kept Union County within the 3rd Congressional District in a redistricting plan approved last week, but Headrick will face unique challenges. Her Maynardville home stands in the 3rd District’s rural, northeastern quadrant, and she’s not particularly well known in Chattanooga, widely considered to be the district’s fundraising hub and urban center.