A letter to my supporters and volunteers

August 25, 2014

Dear Friends and Supporters,

I am announcing my decision about whether or not to file a contest of the August 7th Republican Primary for the Fourth Congressional District. When I started this campaign, my goal was to offer the citizens of the 4th District a choice in who to represent them in Congress. I presented my plan to offer conservative, effective leadership, and my opponents offered theirs. And after over 75,000 votes were cast in the Republican Primary, less than 40 votes separated the incumbent Congressman and me.

Our campaign staff and volunteers have been diligently gathering and analyzing information from all 16 counties in the District. Through the Secretary of State’s Office, as well as directly, we have communicated with the County Election Commissions. Our staff has attended many of the meetings at which Election Commissions counted provisional ballots, as well the meetings at which the Election Commissions certified the votes in all of the August 7th elections. A great deal of information has come to me through formal and informal sources.

For example, there were votes by people who were not on the rolls and should have cast provisional ballots, but voted on machines so there was no way to determine whether those were legal votes. There were voters who were not given ballots for the primary election, but only for the General Election. There are counties that are split between the Fourth District and a different district, either the Seventh or the Third, and we know of at least one voter who was given a ballot for the wrong Congressional District. We know of a voter who was told that he had already voted, when he had not, which leads to the inference that other voters were told the same thing and did not take the time to assert their rights.

We have consulted with knowledgeable people, and I have consulted with my family and, most importantly I have prayed for guidance. In the end, the decision of whether or not to file a contest was mine and mine alone.

I have decided to refrain from contesting this election. I am not willing to put the State Republican Primary Board, the Secretary of State’s Office and Division of Elections, the County Election Commissions, the campaign staff, my volunteers, my family and the public through additional weeks of litigation, with uncertainty as to who the nominee will be.

State law provides that ballots must be ready to send out to military, overseas and other absentee voters 45 days before the November election, and I am not willing to put them in a difficult position. A contest would not be the right thing for the Republican Party and the conservative cause in Tennessee. Contests of primary elections are extremely compressed. The Fourth District is geographically widespread. Under state law, if there is a recount, all votes in every county must be recounted, even in counties where we are confident that the counts were accurate. A recount does not uncover votes that were illegal or that were illegally kept from being cast. These factors weigh against a contest.

I assure the public that the Secretary of State’s office, and the Division of Elections in that office, have been responsive, fair and objective and have done their job in an exemplary way. That office is in the best of hands. Chairman Chris Devaney, the staff and the counsel for the Tennessee Republican Primary Board went into action immediately after Election Night to prepare for a contest, and I thank them. I am forever grateful to my family, staff, volunteers, contributors, and the voters who placed their faith in me and have encouraged me throughout the campaign and in this decision-making period. I also want to comment that the press has reported fairly, neutrally and calmly, and I sincerely appreciate their demeanor.

I have called Rep. DesJarlais to inform him of my decision to concede and congratulated him. One reason why I am at peace about my decision is that I am devoted to my service as the Senator from the Fourteenth Senatorial District of Tennessee. Serving the people of the Fourteenth District and helping to make Tennessee a better place to live, work, do business and go to school is a high honor. I will continue to serve in the Senate with dedication, energy and integrity. Much is at stake for our country and our state; I look forward to helping us meet the challenges ahead.

God bless and Thank you,

Jim Tracy


Sheriff-Elect Eric Watson Endorses Jim Tracy Over Incumbent Scott DesJarlais for the 4th Congressional District Republican Primary

July 28, 2014

Cleveland, TN- Sheriff-Elect Eric Watson announced today his endorsement of Jim Tracy over incumbent Scott DesJarlais in Tennessee’s 4th congressional district republican primary. Sheriff Watson joins Mayor Rowland of Cleveland, State Representative Kevin Brooks, former Congressman Van Hilleary and a long list of other supporters on Jim Tracy’s leadership team.

“Jim is the type of person we need in Washington,” said Sheriff Watson. “Now more than ever we need people on the federal level that listen and work with people at the state and local level. If I have an issue, all I have to do is call Jim Tracy on his cell phone. Jim not only listens, but he works to get results. I encourage you to get out and vote for Jim Tracy in the republican primary during early voting or on election Day August 7th.”

“Eric Watson has been a great colleague at the state legislature, and now he will make a great Sheriff for Bradley County,” said Jim Tracy. “I couldn’t be more honored to have Eric’s endorsement and support on our leadership team. I look forward to working with him in Bradley County if I am elected to serve the 4th district in congress.”

To learn more about Jim Tracy visit www.tracyfortn.com


State Representative Kevin Brooks Endorses Jim Tracy Over Incumbent Scott DesJarlais for the 4th Congressional District Republican Primary

July 21, 2014

Cleveland, TN- State Representative Kevin Brooks announced today his endorsement of Jim Tracy over incumbent Scott DesJarlais in Tennessee’s 4th congressional district republican primary. Representative Brooks joins Mayor Rowland of Cleveland, former Congressman Van Hilleary and a long list of other supporters on Jim Tracy’s leadership team.

“Jim is a man of integrity, a man of spirit and a man of faith,” said Representative Brooks. “I have served with Jim in the Tennessee General Assembly, and believe that Jim will serve admirably in Washington. Join me in supporting Jim Tracy for Congress as early voting begins July 18th.”

“I am honored to have Representative Brooks support,” said Jim Tracy. “Kevin has not only been a good colleague to work with in the General Assembly, but also a good friend. Trena and I could not be more thankful for his support and encouragement.”

To learn more about Jim Tracy visit www.tracyfortn.com

About Kevin Brooks:
Representative Kevin Brooks has served the Cleveland and Bradley county area since being elected in 2006. He is currently serving his fourth consecutive term as a State Representative from the 105th-108th General Assemblies. In 2011, Kevin received the “Legislator of the Year” award by a statewide organization. He graduated from Lee University with a B.A. degree. Kevin is a member of the Cleveland Rotary Club, the United Way of Bradley County, Main Street Cleveland and the Sons of the American Revolution, Benjamin Cleveland Chapter. Kevin is married to his wife Kim and they have two children, Zach and Elizabeth. They are members and attend the Church of God in Cleveland, TN.

About Jim Tracy:
Tennessee State Senator Jim Tracy, a former science teacher and coach and former TSSAA & NCAA basketball referee, has been a small business owner and leader in the community for over 25 years. Jim has been married to his wife Trena for 37 years and they have raised three sons Chad, Craig, and Connor. Jim and his wife attend North Boulevard Church of Christ in Murfreesboro where Jim is an active member. Senator Tracy has served in the State Senate since 2004 and is the Chairman of the Senate Transportation and Safety Committee.

Jim is a 1978 graduate of The University of Tennessee at Martin, where he played baseball and earned a degree in Agriculture Education. Education has been the foundation of the Tracy family. Jim’s mother is a retired teacher from Hardin County and his father is also a former teacher who retired from the UT Extension office.

In 1985, Jim became a small business owner and in 1989 he started Jim Tracy Insurance Agency in Shelbyville, TN. As a small business owner, Jim knows how to meet a payroll and balance a budget. He realizes the issues that make it difficult for a small business owner to succeed. That is why Jim decided to give back to his community again. He joined the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce and also served as President while helping to bring new businesses to the community. In addition, Jim is a member of the Shelbyville Breakfast Rotary Club, as well as the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. Jim has also served on the Board of Directors for the Rutherford YMCA and was the former Chairman of the NFIB Leadership Council. Jim is currently a Board Member of the MTSU Honors College and the State Board for Habitat for Humanity.


Jim Tracy Receives “A” from NRA

July 16, 2014

The NRA announced that Jim Tracy received the score of an A for his support of the Second Amendment. This score represents a solidly pro-gun candidate who has supported NRA positions on key votes in elective office as well as a candidate with a demonstrated record of support on Second Amendment issues.

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Oath (VIDEO)

July 14, 2014

We are proud to announce we’ve recently launched our next television ad. Our ad, “Oath,” will be on airwaves across the district. Please take a moment to watch “Oath” below.

 


Mayor Tom Rowland of Cleveland Endorses Jim Tracy Over Incumbent Scott DesJarlais for the 4th Congressional District Republican Primary

July 10, 2014

Cleveland, TN-Tom Rowland, the longest serving Mayor in Cleveland’s history, announced today at the opening of Jim Tracy’s Bradley County office, his endorsement of Jim Tracy over incumbent Scott DesJarlais in Tennessee’s 4th congressional district republican primary. Mayor Rowland joins former Congressman Van Hilleary and a long list of other supporters on Jim Tracy’s leadership team.

“I have known Jim for several years and have had the opportunity to watch him as a State Senator and as Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. Even though he did not represent our area in the State Senate, he has been tremendously responsive of our needs. He has worked along with our outstanding legislative delegation here in Bradley County to get so many projects done,” said Mayor Rowland.

“I have served with Jim on the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) for several years and have been able to see him at work. Jim has been a mentor to me, often giving me wise counsel on many issues,” continued Mayor Rowland. “I have seen this man at work as a public servant in the true sense of his commitment to the people of Tennessee. I am voting for Jim Tracy to be the U.S. Congressman from Tennessee’s 4th district. I can endorse him without reservation, and urge my friends to join me in putting Jim Tracy to work for us. He is a leader and will take with him fresh ideas and a strong voice to Washington to represent our values.”

“I am honored to have Mayor Rowland not only endorse me to represent the 4th District, but also join our team,” said Jim Tracy. “Tom understands what it takes to get things done. We need to get new people in and get our nation back on the right track,” said Jim Tracy.

To learn more about Jim Tracy visit www.tracyfortn.com

About Mayor Tom Rowland:

Tom Rowland was sworn in as Mayor of Cleveland, Tennessee on September 9, 1991. He is now in his 22nd year, the longest serving Mayor in Cleveland’s history.

He is past president of the Tennessee Municipal League. He was named Mayor of the Year in 2004. He is vice chairman of the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, and serves as a board member of the Tennessee Risk Management Pool and is vice chairman of the Tennessee Municipal Bond Fund, In 2009 he was named Tennessee’s Community Leader of the Year.

He is co-founder of Cleveland 100, an organization that assists surviving family members of emergency personnel killed in the line of duty. He serves on several boards; Board of Public Utilities, Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Council, Industrial Development Board, and the Keep America Beautiful Board.

About Jim Tracy:

Tennessee State Senator Jim Tracy, a former science teacher and coach and former TSSAA & NCAA basketball referee, has been a small business owner and leader in the community for over 25 years.  Jim has been married to his wife Trena for 37 years and they have raised three sons Chad, Craig, and Connor. Jim and his wife attend North Boulevard Church of Christ in Murfreesboro where Jim is an active member. Senator Tracy has served in the State Senate since 2004 and is the Chairman of the Senate Transportation and Safety Committee.

Jim is a 1978 graduate of The University of Tennessee at Martin, where he played baseball and earned a degree in Agriculture Education. Education has been the foundation of the Tracy family. Jim’s mother is a retired teacher from Hardin County and his father is also a former teacher who retired from the UT Extension office.

In 1985, Jim became a small business owner and in 1989 he started Jim Tracy Insurance Agency in Shelbyville, TN. As a small business owner, Jim knows how to meet a payroll and balance a budget. He realizes the issues that make it difficult for a small business owner to succeed. That is why Jim decided to give back to his community again. He joined the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce and also served as President while helping to bring new businesses to the community. In addition, Jim is a member of the Shelbyville Breakfast Rotary Club, as well as the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce.  Jim has also served on the Board of Directors for the Rutherford YMCA and was the former Chairman of the NFIB Leadership Council. Jim is currently a Board Member of the MTSU Honors College and the State Board for Habitat for Humanity.

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AFP Announces Senate Champions for Prosperity

June 27, 2014

These Tennessee senators consistently fought for economic freedom this legislative session.

NASHVILLE — AFP-TN has completed its legislative scorecard and will release the final scores within the week. The scores are based on votes taken, survey response, and sponsorship of free-market legislation. The legislators scoring the highest overall were selected as our Champions for Prosperity.

AFP- TN state director Andrew Ogles said the following:

“It is an honor to name the Senate Champions for Prosperity. They have proven themselves dedicated servants, doing what’s best for our state. These leaders support statewide school-choice vouchers, stopping the federal over-reach of Common Core, and repealing the Hall Income tax. These issues will define the next generation as well as the one before us. Our children’s ability to get a quality education and our elders’ ability to thrive in retirement depend upon the issues facing us today.”

Champions for Prosperity Senators: Mae BeaversMike BellJanice BowlingStacey CampfieldMark GreenJack JohnsonBill KetronJim Summerville, and Jim Tracy.

“We commend these members for achieving this honor, leading our state to a brighter, more prosperous future,” said Ogles.

The legislative scorecard for both chambers will be released in the coming week.

Read more: http://americansforprosperity.org/tennessee/newsroom/afp-announces-senate-champions-for-prosperity/#ixzz35qvJHwGW


Signature (VIDEO)

June 10, 2014

We are proud to announce we’ve launched our first television ad of the campaign. Our ad, “Signature,” will be on airwaves across the district this week. Please take a moment to watch “Signature” below.


Van Hilleary Named Honorary Campaign Chairman for Jim Tracy for Congress

June 5, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 5, 2014
Contact: Stephanie Jarnagin
615-556-7192
stephanie@tracyfortn.com

 

Dayton, TN-Van Hilleary, former Republican Congressman for the 4th District, announced today on the steps of the Rhea County Courthouse his endorsement of Jim Tracy in Tennessee’s 4th congressional district primary election against incumbent Scott DesJarlais. Hilleary joins the Tracy campaign as the Honorary Campaign Chairman.

“I’ve known Jim and his wife Trena for many years, and have always been impressed with their integrity, their friendly and approachable nature, and their sincerely held conservative values,” said Hilleary. “I can say without reservation that Jim Tracy is the type of strong and effective conservative leader we need in Congress to get our country back on the right track.”

Van Hilleary, a native of Rhea County, represented Tennessee’s 4th congressional district for 8 years from 1995 to 2003. Van and his wife of 14 years, Meredith, currently reside in Murfreesboro, TN with their four children.

“I am honored to have Van Hilleary on our team as the Honorary Campaign Chairman,” said Jim Tracy. “I appreciate the confidence that he has placed in my conservative principles. Van understands what it takes to represent the 4th congressional district with trust and Tennessee values.”

To learn more about Jim Tracy visit www.tracyfortn.com

 

About Van Hilleary:

William V. “Van” Hilleary is a Rhea County, TN native, born in Dayton, TN and raised in Spring City, TN, and a 1977 graduate of Rhea County High School. He is a 1981 graduate of the University of Tennessee and is a 1990 graduate of the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University. Hilleary was  commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Air Force in 1981 and served in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm as a C-130 Navigator, flying 24 combat and combat support missions.

He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Reserve Officers Association.

Van and his wife of 14 years, Meredith, currently reside in Murfreesboro, TN with their four children, Laura, age 10; Susanna, age 7; Ginny, age 6; and Camp, age 4.

He served eight years (4 terms) in U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 – 2003, representing TN’s 4th congressional district and was the Republican nominee for Governor of Tennessee in 2002. Van currently is a Senior Advisor with Dentons LLP.

 

About Jim Tracy:

Tennessee State Senator Jim Tracy, a former science teacher and coach and former TSSAA & NCAA basketball referee, has been a small business owner and leader in the community for over 25 years.  Jim has been married to his wife Trena for 37 years and they have raised three sons Chad, Craig, and Connor. Jim and his wife attend North Boulevard Church of Christ in Murfreesboro where Jim is an active member. Senator Tracy has served in the State Senate since 2004 and is the Chairman of the Senate Transportation and Safety Committee.

Jim is a 1978 graduate of The University of Tennessee at Martin, where he played baseball and earned a degree in Agriculture Education. Education has been the foundation of the Tracy family. Jim’s mother is a retired teacher from Hardin County and his father is also a former teacher who retired from the UT Extension office.

In 1985, Jim became a small business owner and in 1989 he started Jim Tracy Insurance Agency in Shelbyville, TN. As a small business owner, Jim knows how to meet a payroll and balance a budget. He realizes the issues that make it difficult for a small business owner to succeed. That is why Jim decided to give back to his community again. He joined the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce and also served as President while helping to bring new businesses to the community. In addition, Jim is a member of the Shelbyville Breakfast Rotary Club, as well as the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce.  Jim has also served on the Board of Directors for the Rutherford YMCA and was the former Chairman of the NFIB Leadership Council. Jim is currently a Board Member of the MTSU Honors College and the State Board for Habitat for Humanity.

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Family Research Council Action PAC endorses Jim Tracy for Congress

March 19, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 19, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – FRC Action PAC, the political action committee connected with Family Research Council Action (FRC Action), has endorsed State Sen. Jim Tracy for Congress in the fourth district of Tennessee.

Of the endorsement FRC Action PAC President Connie Mackey said:

“These are challenging times. Our economy has been decimated. The culture has been challenged beyond all reasonable limits. The strong, conservative men and women elected in 2010 and 2012 need reinforcements.

“State Sen. Jim Tracy’s consistent record while in the Tennessee State Senate on the issues of the family is to be commended. The votes he has cast on the life issue reflect his concern for mother and child and his support for marriage as between one man and one woman is strongly supported by the majority of Americans.

“We are confident that he will be a strong advocate for limited government, for individual liberties and for family values.”

Jim Tracy statement on FRC endorsement: “I am honored to have the support a great family values conservative organization like Family Research Council,” said Tracy. “I am even more thankful for the confidence they have placed in my conservative principles.”

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