Businessman Shane Reeves announced his bid Tuesday to replace state Senator Jim Tracy (SD 14) in the upcoming special election to be held within the next six months.
Tracy resigned Monday to accepted an appointment by the Trump administration to the USDA.
“I want to personally thank Senator Jim Tracy for his years of service to the middle Tennessee community,” Reeves told WGNS radio. “His legacy of growing business and supporting rural Tennessee will continue through his well-chosen appointment as State Director for Rural Development.”
Hailing from Murfreesboro, Reeves is well-known as the former owner of the Reeves-Sain Family of Medical Services. Reeves sold his majority interest in the the company to Fred’s in 2015, and currently owns TwelveStone Health Partners where he employs 125 people in Rutherford County.
“As a 7th generation Tennessean, I’ve spent my whole life here raising a family, opening businesses, and creating jobs,” Reeves said in a statement. “I genuinely love the people of Tennessee, and I believe that conservative values, strengthening families, and rethinking healthcare will make for an unstoppable Tennessee.”
Reeves said he will use his years of experience as a business owner to “cut through the red-tape that often hinders growth.”
“My desire is to use my experience running successful businesses in healthcare to come up with conservative solutions for our healthcare crisis,” he added.
Reeves was raised in Rutherford County by his late mother, Carolyn Reeves, a school teacher, and father, Richard Reeves, a small business man, city councilman and former mayor of Murfreesboro. “Family has had a huge role in my life,” said Reeves. “Watching my own parents devote themselves to the community, I knew that I wanted to be the same type of servant leader.”
Reeves’ announcement comes just one day after former State Representative and former U.S. Senate candidate Joe Carr launched his bid for the state senate district 14 seat.