GOP group touts candidate to challenge Rep. Tanner

GOP group touts candidate to challenge Rep. Tanner


NASHVILLE (AP) -- The National Republican Congressional Committee is touting Crockett County farmer Stephen Fincher's bid to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. John Tanner in next year's election.

Fincher, 37, is a managing partner of Fincher Farms and lives in the Frog Jump community, about 16 miles south of Dyersburg.

He's been a member of The Fincher Family singing ministry since he was nine, performing at more than 100 events each year.

NRCC spokesman Andy Sere says Fincher's candidacy "sends a strong signal to career politician John Tanner."

Tanner has not faced a serious challenge since first being elected to Tennessee's 8th House District seat in 1988.

In 2006, Tanner defeated Republican John Farmer with 73 percent of the vote.

He faced no Republican opposition last year.

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