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Staff Photo by Angela Lewis Foster / Lt. Glenn Scruggs speaks to a crowd Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at Carver Recreation Center.

NASHVILLE — Chattanooga Assistant Chief of Police Glenn Scruggs on Monday announced his candidacy for the Tennessee Senate District 10 seat held by Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga.

"For 25 years, I've served my community as a police officer," said Scruggs, who is running as a Democrat, in a campaign release. "Now I'm hoping to continue that service in the state Legislature, bringing the voices of the people of District 10 to the Capitol."

Scruggs, 48, said that when he speaks with friends and neighbors, "I hear that they are concerned about safety, access to good jobs, and the quality of our schools.

"My campaign will be about addressing the real issues that are currently being ignored in Nashville in favor of politics as usual," he added.

Born and raised in the Avondale section of Chattanooga, Scruggs is a 25-year veteran of the police department.

He said he often finds himself protecting the very streets he grew up on as well as families he knows.

Scruggs, a graduate of Brainerd High School and Belhaven University, attends Olivet Baptist Church. He, his wife and son live in East Brainerd.

Gardenhire, first elected in 2012 to the district which includes portions of Hamilton and Bradley counties, is seeking a third four-year term.

Scruggs said he will formally kick off his campaign in the neighborhood in which he was raised on Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. at the All Good Coffee Shop, located at 2426 Glass St. The public is invited.

Read more about the campaign at glennforsenate.com.

Contact Andy Sher at asher@timesfreepress.com or 615-255-0550.

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