Church Hill's Mike Faulk to make Senate bid official today

Hank Hayes • Mar 27, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Church Hill Republican Mike Faulk will make formal his bid to become the state Senator from Tennessee’s 4th Senatorial District at the Hawkins County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner Friday night in Rogersville.

The Senate seat is currently held by the Senate’s only independent member – Maynardville state Sen. Mike Williams, who hasn’t announced whether he will seek re-election.

Faulk began serious consideration for the post when Williams dropped his Republican Party affiliation in March 2007.

Faulk’s exploratory committee was formed in June 2007. Since then, he has been lining up support and raising money from all across Tennessee.

"I have been humbled and had my heart warmed by the terrific response from all across the state and especially so in the 4th District. There appears to be a hunger for a change in our representation in Nashville," Faulk said, adding the shear number of financial donors to this campaign is staggering – over 300 now. I expect our next financial disclosure will show our coffers with a balance exceeding $100,000.

Faulk said strengthening Tennessee’s DUI laws would be one of his priorities.

He has served terms on the Hawkins County Commission and the Tennessee Human Rights Commission.

Faulk said he’s a Mountain Republican – a old fashioned, leave-me-alone conservative who believes in limited government and values liberty most highly.

"We’re passing so many laws they can’t all be read or understood. That needs to stop," said Faulk.

The Senate district includes Claiborne, Grainger, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, and Union counties.

For more on Mike Faulk go to faulkforsenate.com.

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