By BROOKE WANSER
Mayor Ken Moore announced his decision not to run for Congress during a WAKM 950-AM radio show Wednesday morning.
Moore had previously said he was doing “due diligence” in researching the implications of running for the seat currently held by Republican Marsha Blackburn.
The seat, which will be vacated by Blackburn as she runs for Sen. Bob Corker’s seat in the U.S. Senate, is in the U.S. House 7th district.
Moore, 73, said many of his friends and peers had encouraged the run.
“I had adrenaline rush moments when people tell you you’re the one to do it, and you’d be great,” he said Thursday.
He consulted several friends and his wife, Linda, in the process. “She said, ‘If you want to do it, do it. I support you,” Moore said.
Moore described himself as “results-focused,” and said that might serve as a source of exasperation.
“I think I was concerned I might get frustrated based on my perception of what’s happening in Washington right now,” he said. Moore also said the two-year term gave him pause for concern.
Through the deliberation process, he said he realized the importance of his current position.
“It gave me an opportunity to hit the pause button and realize what I’m doing right now is extremely important,” Moore said, pointing to initiatives like transportation, sustainability, and working towards a new campus for Columbia State Community College.
As for his future in local politics, the next mayoral election in Franklin is in October of 2019, and Moore has every intention to run.