Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, announced he will seek Sen. Bob Corker’s seat in Congress.
“I love the people of our state of Tennessee, and we need and deserve something better than we’re getting in Washington,” the former Nashville mayor said in a new video. “I’m applying for the job.”
Bredesen also discussed his leadership success, both in business and government, and touched on the topics of health care, the opioid crisis and the economy.
“We all know Washington is broken,” he also said. “While politicians are up there playing partisan games and working on their re-election, out here in America—back here in Tennessee—we have some real problems.”
He mentioned the national debt and said that the mess can be fixed, and said he wants to help do that.
Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke has also been mulling on the idea of running for the position. A spokesperson didn’t immediately respond to requests for an update on that.
U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, former U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher and Dr. Rolando Toyos are also seeking the position, The Tennessean reported.
Corker announced in September that he won’t seek re-election when his term in the United States Senate expires next year.