Evans, who was raised in Putnam County, announced his candidacy for Congress in a speech Tuesday night to the Putnam County Republican Party in Cookeville, according to a news release.
"I am here this evening," Evans said, "to announce that I will seek the Republican nomination to challenge liberal Democrat Bart Gordon for the privilege of representing Tennesseans who reside in the Sixth Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. The general election will be held in November, 2010, but if we are to succeed in our goal of beating liberal Bart Gordon then, we must begin now. I ask for your help and support this evening."
Evans is a Major General in the United States Army Reserve, and was employed in his civilian career first at the United States Postal Service and later at the Department of Defense. In 1990, he was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for his service in the Persian Gulf War, and in 1996 he served in Bosnia and Croatia.
His military career began in 1968, when he graduated from high school in Putnam County and immediately enlisted as a private in the U.S. Marine Corps. In 1972, he transferred to the Tennesse Army National Guard, and since 1979 he has served in the United States Army Reserve.
In his speech, Evans outlined the priorities of his campaign.
"Bart Gordon and Barack Obama think we can borrow our way to prosperity," he said. "They have saddled our children and grandchildren with the most outrageous debt in American history, more than $1 trillion just to pad the pockets of their political friends. My first priority when elected will be to repeal this wasteful spending and to cut income taxes across the board.
He said national security must be maintained.
"Despite claims to the contrary by the current administration," he said, "our country is engaged in a war on terror against radical terrorists. I will vote to vigilantly support our military in its efforts to keep our country safe."
He also urged care for veterans, service members and their families.
"Those who serve our military sacrifice in many ways to protect us," he said. "I will provide assistance to the families of men and women who are serving, and will assist our wounded warriors and veterans to secure those Government services to which they are entitled."
He stressed that any health care program must be based on free enterprise.
"One reason the United States has the highest level of health care in the world is that it's not run entirely by the government," he said. "I will vote to keep it that way."