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Anderson enters race for U.S. House seat

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

John Anderson
(Submitted photo)
John Anderson of Bell Buckle has announced his candidacy for the 4th District U.S. House of Representatives seat in the August 2014 Republican primary.

Anderson is a schoolteacher and political activist.

"I work with young people and their families every day, and I see optimism about the future fading," Anderson said in a news release. "There is a sense of helplessness and a quiet anger. We won't accept that. We Americans are a strong, courageous people. We are going to take our country back from the politicians and their corporate cronies. That is the fight I am going to lead."

Anderson has taught mathematics in Bedford County schools for 30 years and served as an officer on the Bell Buckle Fire Department.

"I am not looking for a career in Congress," he said. "I'm not a politician, and I don't like cities. I want two years to go to Washington and start this revolution. We are going to get the federal government out of our telephones, out of our bedrooms, out of our schools and churches and doctors' offices, out of our gun cabinets, and out of our lives. We Americans are taking charge."

In a campaign speech posted to YouTube, he said he supports legislation which would force members of Congress, under penalty of perjury, to assert that they have personally read a piece of legislation before voting on it.

"That would reduce the length of bills," he said, "it would make the language understandable."

The 4th District seat is currently held by Republican Scott DesJarlais, a physician from South Pittsburg, who is seeking re-election. State Sen. Jim Tracy, also a Republican, announced for the race earlier this year and has been campaigning actively. State Rep. Joe Carr of Lascassas had originally announced his candidacy for the race but decided to run for the U.S. Senate seat instead.

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