Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has definitely thrown his hat into the ring as a candidate for the soon-to-be-vacant 8th District congressional seat.
The mayor’s bid, which was not unexpected and which, as a likely and pending matter, he discussed at length last week with the Flyer
, was announced at a Reagan Day dinner of Madison County Republicans in Jackson on Monday night.
Luttrell instantly becomes one of the favorites in the GOP primary field, which also includes state Senator Brian Kelsey of Germantown, Shelby County Register of Deeds Tom Leatherwood, Shelby County Commissioner Steve Basar, former County Commissioner and radiologist/broadcast executive George Flinn, and former U.S. Attorney David Kustoff.
While the field of Republican contenders proliferates for the seat now held by Stephen Fincher of Crockett County, who has chosen not to run for reelection, the field of Democrats has not developed in kind. Shelby County assistant District Attorney Michael McKusker had indicated an interest in running but late last week bowed out, saying, "Simply put, I do not believe I can properly balance both the demands of my career and my family life with a campaign of this magnitude