Mayor Andy Berke considers U.S. Senate

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – A couple of known political names could throw their hat in the ring for the upcoming U.S. Senate race. One of them is Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke.

Berke said, “Over the course of the past couple of years we’ve had a record of accomplishment. The city is on the right track, and I have seen our job numbers way up.. as our wages have risen. We want to see our middle class built, and I think that we’ve seen that happen right here in Chattanooga”.

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Tennessee has long been a red state, voting for mostly republicans. Former Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield believes, if Berke does decide to run, it will be a difficult task.

“It’s going to be a tough pull for someone that has a rather limited reach across the state to do what he’s proposing to do,” stated Littlefield.

The Hamilton County Democratic Party Chair Khristy Wilkinson says she doesn’t know if Berke will actually run, but thinks he would add to the qualified candidates who have already announced they’re running.

She says, “Berke is a very talented politician. He does a lot for our community. I think he is, you know, I think he’s a great. I think he would be a great just like the other candidates that we currently have”.

Berke is also a former state senator, and a democrat.

Hamilton County Republican Chairman Marsha Yessick thinks even if Berke ran, the outcome wouldn’t change.

Yessick explains, “Well we are a very strong republican state, and so I feel we will have a republican candidate.. and that candidate will win for Tennessee”.

It’s not clear if he’ll actually run. The Mayor has not formally said he is, but it’s something that he’s apparently considering.

Read his statement here.