published Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Todd Womack, Corker chief of staff, says he won’t run for Chattanooga mayor


by Cliff Hightower
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    Todd Womack poses for a portrait in this file photo.
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Todd Womack said Monday he would not run for Chattanooga mayor at this time.

“It’s humbling that people would encourage you to serve and we’re certainly open to considering a run for mayor down the road,” said Womack, chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Bob Corker.

State Sen. Andy Berke, D-Chattanooga, is expected to announce his mayoral campaign bid today. He plans a meeting at 11 a.m. at the Chattanooga Theatre Center.

Womack said he and his wife, Katie, had discussions about his potential run for mayor.

“After a lot of soul searching, a few weeks ago Katie and I decided we’re where we need to be for now and I don’t plan to run for mayor next year,” Womack said.

He said he thinks he still has work left to do with Corker, a Republican, in the U.S. Senate.

Womack became communications director for Corker in 2001 when the senator was mayor of Chattanooga. When Corker became senator in 2006, Womack worked as state director for three weeks, then took the position of chief of staff.

He also has worked in public relations with Erlanger hospital and Unum.

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