VOL. 131 | NO. 43 | Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Luttrell Declares for Congressional Bid
By Bill Dries
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell announced Monday, Feb. 29, that he will be a candidate in the August Republican primary for the 8th Congressional District.
Luttrell announced in Jackson, Tenn., at the Madison County Republican Party’s annual Reagan Day Dinner, according to the Jackson Sun newspaper.
The event featured a forum for each of the declared contenders in the race to speak for a few minutes.
That is when Luttrell announced he is in the race for the seat incumbent Republican Stephen Fincher is leaving.
Fincher announced in February that he would not seek another House term in the 2016 elections.
A field of Republican contenders began forming just hours after the surprise announcement. They include former Shelby County Commissioner George Flinn, current county commissioner Steve Basar, former U.S. Attorney David Kustoff, state Sen. Brian Kelsey and Shelby County Register Tom Leatherwood.
Luttrell becomes the sixth declared contender for the seat from Shelby County.
Other declared Republican contenders are Jackson businessman Brad Greer and Ken Atkins, a corrections officer from Fayette County.
In the Democratic primary, assistant District Attorney Michael McCusker of Memphis is running.
The district takes in parts of East Memphis and Cordova and a larger piece of rural West Tennessee.
Contenders in that and other state and federal primaries on the August ballot have until noon April 7 to file their qualifying petitions for the race.