Byrd announces run for 62nd District seat

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Joseph C. Byrd of Unionville has announced his candidacy for 62nd District state House of Representatives, saying he believes "we need to see a return of statesmen to the political offices instead of having professional politicians."

Byrd is one of four Republicans running in the special election to replace Curt Cobb, who resigned his seat in June to accept the position of Bedford County Clerk and Master, the court clerk for Chancery Court.

The others running in the GOP primary on Aug. 27 are Pat Marsh of Shelbyville, Bobby Scott of Shelbyville and Casey Walters of Fayetteville. Ty Cobb, Curt's brother, is the lone Democrat in the race and Chris Brown of Shelbyville has qualified for the general election as an independent.

Byrd, who has lived in Bedford County for the past 11 years, said in a statement that he is "pro-life as well as a Second and Tenth Amendment advocate.

"I believe in the 'little man' and that the people have a right for their choices to be heard," said Byrd.

He has served in "the Tennessee State Guard, Second Regiment Headquarters Company, Military Police Section and would now like the opportunity to serve the people of the 62nd District."

Byrd and his wife, Chelsea, have one son and are expecting another baby. They attend Victory Baptist Church of Shelbyville. He teaches air rifle to high school students in Victory Baptist Academy as well as martial arts at the Kicks for Christ School of Martial Arts, a ministry of the church.