Republicans are striving to regain control of the U.S. House and the party believes that one of the seats it can flip is Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District.
The seat is currently occupied by Rep. Jim Cooper (D), who has represented the district since 2003 but announced in February that he would not seek reelection.
Nine candidates are vying for the Republican nomination.
The list includes attorney and former Tennessee National Guard joint staff director Brig. Gen. Kurt Winstead, former Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell, retired small business owner Geni Batchelor, West Point graduate and U.S. Army combat veteran Jeff Beierlein, Homeschool academy operator Natisha Brooks, entrepreneur and Maury County mayor Andy Ogles, former legislative senior policy and research adviser Tres Wittum, real estate professional Stewart Parks, and medical professional Timothy Lee.
The winner will face State Sen. Heidi Campbell, who is unopposed in the Democratic primary; and independent candidates Derrick Brantley, Daniel Cooper, and Rick Shannon, in the Nov. 8 general election.
Epoch Times Television will present the Tennessee 5th Congressional District Republican primary debate on July 12 at 6:45 p.m. CST.
The district is rated as solid Republican by the Cook Political Report, safe Republican by Sabato’s Crystal Ball, and likely Republican by Inside Elections.
Presented by Epoch Times Television, the 5th district candidates will take the stage for a debate on April 12 at 6:45 p.m. (CST).
Hosted by the Nashville Republican Women, the Nashville Young Republicans, and the Williamson County Young Republicans, the forum will be live-streamed from Landmark Auditorium in downtown Nashville.
The debate will feature questions asked by an expert panel in election integrity, economics, healthcare, education, foreign policy, and immigration.
Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and a former member of the Federal