Third Republican announces run for 2nd Congressional District seat

Knoxville small-business owner Brad Fullington has become the third Republican to announce as a candidate for the 2nd Congressional District seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. John J. “Jimmy” Duncan Jr., reports the News Sentinel.

“It drives me because I see that there are so many opportunities to do so much good in this political position and that’s what drives me – to do good for people,” he said. “And all the people who are telling me that I can’t I just think to myself, ‘Watch me.’”

Fullington said he wants voters in the district to give him a chance, even though he doesn’t have the name recognition as fellow Republican candidates Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and State Rep. Jimmy Matlock, R-Lenoir City. He said he’s afraid voters will be “fooled” into voting the status quo in 2018.

“You know, they’re voting Tim Burchett because he’s a good guy, Jimmy Matlock because he’s a good guy and I don’t disagree with that, they’re both fine men,” he said. “And we’re all going to believe essentially the same thing, but the bottom line is we’re not running for pastor here.

“We’re not running for pastor of the 2nd District,” he continued. “We’re running to represent this district in Washington. And we all have deep, Christian faith. We all want less taxes and we all want the Vols to win every Saturday.”

… Fullington is a Central High School graduate and has been a financial planner for 20 years. In 2015 he launched a new service, called Concierge Family Office, or CFO, to work with athletes. That service is now called Pro Athlete Wealth and Management. He provides his CFO work to non-athlete clients as well

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