In an interview with Fox News Channel's Neil Cavuto, the former Tennessee senator, 64, said doctors discovered that he had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2004. He said the disease is in remission with no illness or symptoms.
"I wouldn't be doing this if I wasn't satisfied in my own mind as to the nature of it and the fact that not only will I have an average lifespan but in the meantime I will not be affected in anyway by it," Thompson said. "Now of course nobody knows the future but that has been in the history for almost three years now in terms of no symptoms and no sickness."
As the Shelby County Commission voted Monday to hold interviews with potential candidates for interim state representative in House District 89 on Tuesday, April 2, with a vote on the interim member scheduled for a week later, on April 9, contests were developing on the Democratic side of the aisle both for the interim position and for the right to serve as permanent member via a special election.