Challenger to Davis steps up

Challenger to Davis steps up

September 13th, 2009 by Matt Wilson in Local - Breaking News

Challenger to Davis steps up

By Matt Wilson

mwilson@timesfreepress.com

A definite challenger to U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis, D-Tenn., stepped forward in the early hours this morning as a Chattanooga-area group rode home after a day of protesting in the nation's capital.

Ron Harwell, 63, of Rockwood, Tenn., said he will run as a Republican against the incumbent congressman.

"This is my first trip into anything political," Mr. Harwell told the group traveling on a bus at about 5 a.m.

Mr. Harwell asked the protesters, who marched yesterday to protest federal spending, for prayers. He also criticized President Barack Obama and those who call the president's critics racist.

"Color has nothing to do with it," said Mr. Harwell, who is black. "It's about right and wrong."

Pat Bugg, 67, of Crossville, Tenn., said she was considering a run as well. She said she was inspired to get into politics after having open-heart surgery and has become active with her local Republican party in the last year or so.

At least one other Republican, Don Strong, of Crossville, has announced his candidacy for the seat.