McCord opts out of running for re-election

Longtime lawmaker to leave after 12 years in House

On Wednesday evening, District 8 State Rep. Joe McCord announced he was not running for re-election to his seat in the State House of Representatives.

The text of his statement reads as follows:

“After much consideration, I am announcing today that I will not seek re-election to the 8th House District in the 107th Tennessee General Assembly. Before I go any further, I would like to thank two groups of people, my family and the people of Blount and Sevier County for allowing me to serve for the past 12 years My wife Jules, my daughter Morgan and my son Clay have been very understanding and supportive as well as my extended family. Sacrifices have been made by all over the years and we have been successful as a group. When I was first elected, my daughter was 3 and my son was just born. Today Morgan is 15 and Clay will be 12. It has been a fast paced and exciting 12 years.

To the people of Blount and Sevier Counties, it has been an honor to represent you and a pleasure to get to know so many people that I would not have otherwise worked with. The dedication for the betterment of our community that I have seen is overwhelming in both the private and public sectors. To be allowed to represent such a special area and people of the state has been the greatest professional honor I have ever received.

I truly enjoy and thrive on the process by which we govern. Working with such a variety of people and issues make it fun to go to work, but, as my role has increased over the years, so has the amount of dedication to meet that role. With a fixed amount of time we constantly juggle the role of family, work and governing. All of those roles have increased in demand over the years and I cannot continue to do them all the justice they deserve, so I must prioritize.

This is also a good time for transition to occur. We have a good legislative team in Blount and Sevier County and they work well together. Rep. Richard Montgomery, Rep. Bob Ramsey and Senator Doug Overbey will be here to help a new freshman member learn the process. This communication and oversight will guarantee that the needs and interests of Blount and Sevier Counties will be met as we go into the legislative re-districting process.

I hope to continue to be active in public service and perhaps even seek elected office again in the future, but this seems to be the best opportunity to step aside for at least a brief period. Thank you for the opportunity, the support, the education and most of all for the friendships.”

The Primary election date for state house races is Aug. 5 and the general election is Nov. 2

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