Mary Headrick became the first Democrat to announce a campaign for Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District Tuesday.

In the announcement, the retired physician from Maynardville, Tenn., said 3rd District residents “deserve representation we can trust, not uncompromising ideology.”

Headrick ran unsuccessfully against Rep. Chuck Fleischmann in 2012. Here’s her full statement from the announcement:


All the people, especially the working families and retirees of District 3, deserve representation. They are not getting it. Special wealthy and corporate interests hold the power and benefits while the middle class shrinks and democracy falters. Too few people control too much money and power, and they are grabbing more by “buying” a Congress that will pass laws and regulations to enhance their personal profit at the expense of the rest of us. I will defend our economy, jobs, Social Security, Medicare, public education. We deserve value for our hard work and tax dollar. We, the people of District 3, deserve representation we can trust, not uncompromising ideology. We deserve results, like a rise in minimum wage and to stop wasting resources in Afghanistan. We must be heard; we must restore democracy.

The Democratic primary is Aug. 7. The general election is Nov. 4.