published Monday, March 19th, 2012

Another Tennessee Democrat decides to leave the House

NASHVILLE - The exodus of state House Democrats from the chamber continued today when Rep. Mike McDonald, D-Portland, announced he will not seek re-election.

McDonald, who is finishing up his ninth House term, said he decided not run again following “thoughtful consideration and conversations with my family.”

McDonald becomes the sixth House Democrat to announce they will not seek reelection following passage of a Republican-drawn legislative redistricting plan passed in January. He was expected to have a serious Republican challenge in the general election.

Four Senate Democrats have announced they won’t run again in the wake of a Senate Republican-drawn redistrict plan. Among them is Sen. Andy Berke, D-Chattanooga, who is seriously considering running for Chattanooga mayor next year.

On Friday, a Memphis Democratic House member and several non-elected officials from West Tennessee filed suit against the Senate Republican plan, contending it violates the Tennessee Constitution.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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