Major shake-up as Gerald McCormick drops re-election bid

Tennessee House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick laughs on Jan. 5, 2016, at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

NASHVILLE - State Rep. Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, says he won't seek re-election to the House District 26 seat he's held for nearly 14 years and he will officially withdraw from the contest Monday. He also will resign from the House on Oct. 1 as he takes a full-time job working for a local firm expanding its presence in Nashville.

"A professional position with Asa Engineering and Consulting, a Chattanooga-based company, requires me to relocate to Nashville to grow the firm's new office," the former House majority leader and current Finance Subcommittee chairman stated to the Times Free Press. "My plan was to run for re-election and I believe the voters of the 26th District would return me to Nashville to continue representing them in the Tennessee General Assembly. Being able to assist Asa, a women-owned firm, expand its business in the broader Nashville/Davidson County market is a great opportunity."

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