Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke will endorse Lenda Sherrell in 4th Congressional District

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke will endorse Lenda Sherrell in 4th Congressional District

August 16th, 2014 by Staff Report in Local Regional News

Lenda Sherrell

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke

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NASHVILLE - Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke will endorse 4th Congressional District Democratic nominee Lenda Sherrell next week, the Sherrell campaign says.

Berke, a former state Democratic senator who once represented Marion County, will lmake his endorsement when Sherrell visits the after-school program, Educating Youth Ensures Success (EYES) in South Pittsburg in Marion County.

Sherrell ran unopposed in last week's Democratic primary. She will face either incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., or his GOP primary challenger Jim Tracy. Unofficial returns show DesJarlais, a South Pittsburg physician, is up by 38 votes over Tracy, a state senator from Shelbyville.

Results from the election won't be certified until Aug. 25. Tracy has refused to concede and it is unclear whether he will seek a recount or possibly challenge the contest's outcome before the Tennessee Republican Party's Executive Committee, acting in its capacity as the GOP's State Primary Board.