Tennessee state Rep. Glen Casada announced Wednesday on social media his plans to seek re-election this year.
“After much prayer and consultation with family and friends, I have decided to run for re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives. I am honored to serve as your voice in Nashville and remain committed to the conservative principles that make Tennessee the absolute best state in the nation,” Casada said. “My promise is continue fighting to help businesses grow and prosper, to be a proponent for lower taxes and less government, to ensure our constitutional rights are protected, and to always work to support the unborn. I humbly ask for your confidence, your support, and your vote in 2020.”
Casada (R-Franklin) has held his seat in the House since 2003. He represents Tennessee’s 63rd district and currently sits on the state House Transportation Committee, State Committee, Departments and Agencies Committee and serves as the vice-chair of the Naming, Designating and Private Acts Committee.
Last year, he was appointed as the state’s Speaker of the House, but after a controversy involving sexually explicit text messages, he resigned from the leadership role in August.
As a legislator, Casada co-sponsored a bill creating the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia Advisory Council, and he has supported past versions of the fetal heartbeat bill, which would ban abortions after the detection of a heartbeat, as early as six weeks.
More recently, he, with State Rep. Jason Hodges (D-Clarksville), announced the formation of the recent Metropolitan Service Area Caucus, which will work towards regional — not just local — solutions to accommodate growth in areas such as transportation, schools and business.
“Tennessee’s high-growth metropolitan areas and surrounding counties are experiencing new challenges every day,” Casada said in a press release. “The caucus will provide an opportunity for members to collaborate and work toward our shared goal of improving the quality of life for those who call these high-growth areas home.”
Williamson County Board of Education member Brad Fiscus announced in July his plans to run against Casada in the 2020 elections, though he has not yet officially filed with the Williamson County Election Commission. As a coach, educator, church leader and school board member, Fiscus has worked as a public servant for much of his life and is anchoring his campaign in an appeal to those middling the two-party system.
Casada is one of four so far to file a bid to run. Also officially on the Aug. 6 ballot is incumbent District 65 State Rep. Sam Whitson (R-Franklin), District 61 Democratic candidate Casey Ward, who will run for incumbent State Rep. Brandon Ogles’ seat, and incumbent WCS Board of Education member for District 7 Sheila Cleveland.
The voter registration deadline for the general election is July 7, and early voting begins July 17. For more information, visit govotetn.com.