Lots of Republians eyeing run for Black’s seat — if she runs for governor

While state Rep. Judd Matheny has declared flatly that he’s run for the 6th Congressional District seat if incumbent Republican Diane Black runs for governor instead of seeking reelection, Cari Wade Gervin reports there’s a long list of others considering the idea as well.

If Black does not run for Congress, the 6th District is likely to have a crowded Republican primary, with Matheny, Cookeville blogger Christopher B. Monday and possibly television pundit and Trump surrogate Scottie Nell Hughes. Meanwhile, rumors are swirling about other current state legislators contemplating a race, like state Sen. Mark Green (R-Clarksville), Rep. William Lamberth (R-Cottontown) and Rep. Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville).

Lamberth said he has not decided anything about a run but “is flattered that my fellow Tennesseans would consider me a possible candidate.” Also, House Majority Caucus Chair Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville) said he “has not ruled anything out” regarding a congressional run. But, he added, “It’s still a long ways away. Right now my only focus is on leading my caucus and serving my constituents.”

Another possible candidate is John Rose, the president of Boson Software, a Nashville-based information technology training provider, and a former state secretary of agriculture under then-Gov. Don Sundquist. Rose serves on the board of the Tennessee Tech University Foundation and is the chair of the Tennessee State Fair Association. Rose also owns one of the state’s oldest working farms, established in Smith County in 1790, prior to the formal existence of Tennessee.

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