Former official ophthalmologist to the Memphis Grizzlies seeks GOP U.S. Senate nomination

Dr. Rolando Toyos, founder and CEO of eye care clinics operating in the Memphis and Nashville areas, metros, has become the fourth Republican to announce as a candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Bob Corker.

From the Commercial Appeal:

Toyos, who unsuccessfully ran as a Republican for Shelby County Commission in 2010, announced his bid on a new website and in a YouTube video last week.

The son of Hispanic immigrants, Toyos grew his eye care business from one location in Jackson to its current five locations. He served as the official ophthalmologist to the Memphis Grizzlies NBA team for about 10 years but moved from Shelby County to Brentwood last year.

In an interview Wednesday, Toyos — a self-described conservative Republican — said he decided to run for office again after growing frustrated with the governmental dysfunction created by out-of-touch “career politicians.”

He joins U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, former U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher and perennial candidate Larry Crim as contenders in the GOP primary.

One Response to Former official ophthalmologist to the Memphis Grizzlies seeks GOP U.S. Senate nomination

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    One of the top conservative PACs, The Club For Growth, just named the election of Marsha Blackburn to the U. S. Senate one of the top five races in the country in 2018 for economic conservatives. Marsha is a proven conservative through her years of service in the Tennessee Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. Conservatives should not waste their votes on some ophthalmologist, electrical engineer, accountant, etc. with no record of public office who woke up this morning thinking that it would be fun to be a U. S. Senator simply because they are rich enough to run a quixotic campaign.

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