Duncan won’t seek reelection to Congress

Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., the longest-serving Tennessean in Congress, will not seek re-election next year to the 2nd Congressional District seat he has held since 1988, reports the News Sentinel.

“It has been a very special privilege to represent the people of the Second District in the U.S. House of Representatives,” the Knoxville Republican said. “However, I will not be running for re-election in 2018.”

Duncan, who turned 70 on July 21, said he had considered retiring even before his last election in 2016.

“Since then, in part, because people knew or assumed that I might be thinking about retiring, I have never had so many people urging me to run again,” Duncan said. “Also, because of the recent attacks against me from the far left, my support among the conservative Republican base has never been more enthusiastic. I am grateful for their kind expressions of support. However, now is the time for me to move on to the next chapter of my life.”

Duncan’s announcement came just a few hours after Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett said he would disclose his own political plans at an event on Saturday.  Burchett is expected to run for Duncan’s seat. (Previous post HERE.)

…”I have decided I wanted to spend less time in airports, airplanes, and traveling around the district and more time with my family, especially my nine grandchildren, who all live in Knoxville,” he said. “I love my job, but I love my family more.”

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