Former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen is running for the open Senate seat in Tennessee.
“I’m running for the Senate because I have the right kind of experience, and the actual track record that it will take to start working across party lines to fix the mess in Washington,” Bredesen said in announcement video Thursday morning.
Bredesen, 74, is the last Democrat to win statewide election in Tennessee. He served as governor from 2003 to 2011 and as mayor of Nashville before that.
Bredesen touted his business experience in his announcement. He started HealthAmerica, a healthcare management company, and could bring his own money to the race.
“Before I ran for office, I was a businessman,” he says in his video. “I was the CEO of a successful public company, listed on the New York Stock Exchange, one that I started on my kitchen table and grew to 6,000 employees.”
Democrats already have a candidate in the race. Iraq War veteran James Mackler has been running since the spring.
“The best pathway to win Tennessee is having a clear contrast between an Iraq war combat veteran that volunteers to serve his country against a career politician who only serves special interests, and with the help of Tennesseans across this state, we’re going to win,” Mackler said in a statement to the Tennessean on Wednesday.
Tennessee Democratic Party chair Mary Mancini called Bredesen’s entrance into the race “truly exciting” in a statement on Thursday.
Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales currently rates the race Solid Republican.