A Knoxville-based attorney and Navy veteran announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate on Monday.

Terry Adams received strong encouragement from a wide range of people from the Volunteer State to jump into the race, he said in a news release.

“We think the time is right for someone with a unique profile to run and win this seat and to serve Tennessee,” he said. “Washington is broken, and we are not going to fix it by sending back the same people responsible for breaking it in the first place.”


Adams cited his business and military experience in the announcement, and he pointed to the latter as a potential means to end gridlock in the nation’s capital.

“We have fewer veterans serving than in recent memory, and I think that’s one of the reasons Washington is so painfully partisan and amazingly ineffective,” Adams said.

Sen. Lamar Alexander and state Rep. Joe Carr are campaigning for the Republican nomination, Adams noted, and tea party candidates like Carr have defeated establishment Republicans in at least eight recent GOP primaries for the Senate. Five out of the eight tea party candidates went on to lose in their general elections, according to the announcement.

Adams is being backed by Bob Tuke, former chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party and the last Democrat to run against Alexander for U.S. Senate, who will serve as campaign treasurer.

A formal campaign kickoff and statewide tour is being scheduled. For more information on Adams, a bio is available on his law firm’s website.