Wednesday, February 16, 2022

No newcomers: Maury mayor Andy Ogles considers 5th district seat after Ortagus bid

Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles
 by Kerri Bartlett, The Daily Herald, Feb. 16, 2022- As interest in the newly-drawn 5th Congressional District revs up in Middle Tennessee, Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles is considering running for the seat.  ... 

The 5th District's boundaries include all of Maury County, Lewis, and Marshall counties as well as southeast Williamson County, including Brentwood and southeast Davidson County, including Bellemeade, and parts of Wilson County. The once Democratic seat is now ripe with potential Republican candidates. 

Ogles says the 5th District, with a primarily conservative voter base, is no place for a newcomer, stressing that most Republicans are seeking someone with "roots" in Tennessee. 

"She (Morgan Ortagus) just moved to Tennessee," Ogles said. "She's never voted in a Tennessee election. I am offended. We can't be expected to bow down. We need someone who knows this district, someone who fits the mold." ... Ogles said when Ortagus and other potential contenders began showing interest in the 5th District, he began receiving calls from Republican officials, encouraging him to run for the seat.  (read it all)

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