Mayfield Dairy President Scottie Mayfield said today he’s considering a congressional run against U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann.
The 61-year-old milk and ice cream mogul said if he decides to enter the race, he’ll run as a Republican. He would join a host of challengers, including Weston Wamp, the son of former congressman Zach Wamp.
Mayfield donated to the elder Wamp for a number of years, according to federal campaign finance records.
Mayfield lives on his family farm in Athens, Tenn., which recently was placed in Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District. Until a few weeks ago, it was in the Knoxville-centric 2nd Congressional District.
In an interview, Mayfield said he would make a final decision within two weeks.
“We need people in Washington, D.C., that care more about their country and their state than they care about themselves,” Mayfield said.
For complete details, pick up tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Chris Carroll covers federal politics for the Times Free Press. A Chattanooga native, he went to Red Bank High School and graduated with honors from East Tennessee State University. Chris investigated violent crime, municipal government and hospitals before taking the political beat. For tornado coverage, he and Pam Sohn won a first-place Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors deadline reporting award. In 2010, Chris won the Golden Press Card Award of Merit and another deadline reporting ...