Rep. Gerald McCormick closes door on Chattanooga mayor bid

Rep. Gerald McCormick closes door on Chattanooga mayor bid

October 20th, 2016 by Paul Leach in Politics Local

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Rep. Gerald McCormick, has confirmed he intends to stay in the Tennessee Assembly and not enter the Chattanooga mayor's race.

"I'm on the state legislature ballot and I intend to fulfill my obligation to that commitment," McCormick, a Chattanooga Republican, said Thursday. McCormick has served as the House Majority Leader and represents House District 26.

In late September, he said was undecided on the possibility in seeking the mayor's office, although he had received encouragement from many people. 

Ultimately, it comes down being more effective in the state House, especially in light of seniority and influence he has there, McCormick said. 

"While being in Chattanooga all the time has its upsides, I believe I can do a better job for my community in the Tennessee Legislature," he said. 

Currently, incumbent Democrat Andy Berke faces Republican Larry Grohn in the mayoral race.