Chattanooga businessman Brandon Woodruff has announced his plans to run for the state House of Representatives seat that JoAnne Favors is vacating.
Woodruff, owner of Brainerd’s Scenic City T’s, said he will officially declare his candidacy for the District 28 seat Dec. 4.
“I’m running for state House to rehabilitate our community’s view of public servants,” Woodruff said in a prepared statement. “No more politicians. We deserve public servants. I believe I have shown and will continue to show I am trained and passionate about serving those around me.”
Woodruff graduated from Chattanooga School for the Arts & Sciences before getting his undergraduate degree in political science from Middle Tennessee State University. On Dec. 16, he will graduate from Lipscomb University with a master’s degree in leadership and public policy.
Woodruff, who is also a licensed sales producer for Allstate Insurance Co., was one of nine college students selected from MTSU to work at the Capitol in Nashville in 2015. He turned that opportunity into two more years of working with the General Assembly, he said in a news release.
He fended off comments about his youth by saying there’s no such thing as being too young.
“Several of our national and historic leaders were in their youth when they decided to leave their mark on the world,” he said in a prepared statement. “My fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, continuously reminds me of the legacy my brothers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall began … at 25, the same age I will be during my campaign.”
He also said that the biblical scripture Isaiah 6:8 influenced him to run and that he’s listened to community members’ needs and concerns.
The recurring conversation has been that our city is in need of a change. We deserve local and state leaders that genuinely care about supporting a healthy public education system, encouraging businesses to create opportunities for our youth to engage in entrepreneurship and appropriately distributing tax dollars to ensure all communities are benefiting equally from the tremendous growth our city is experiencing. This generation needs public officials who are honest and more transparent with those … they serve.
Rep. JoAnne Favors announced earlier this month that she is not seeking re-election next year.
Former City Councilman Yusuf Hakeem is also running for the seat.