Brackins: Not running against Carr in 2014

Gatlinburg police chief says he's not behind phoned poll
Apr. 16, 2013 @ 11:24 PM

Gatlinburg Police Chief Randy Brackins says he's not running against State Rep. Dale Carr next year and doesn't know who might be behind a telephone poll conducted in recent days that asked people what they thought of him as a challenger to Carr.

"I heard about that survey, but I don't know anything about it," Brackins said Monday when reached at his office. "I have no idea what they're talking about. I didn't authorize it or anything else."

A number of people in the area reported receiving a call at their homes in which a recorded voice asks those who receive the call a series of questions, including who they might vote for if Brackins ran against Carr and if they have a favorable impression of Brackins.

"I am not running," Brackins said.

Carr, serving his first term as state representative for District 12, said Monday he'd heard from people about the telephone poll as well.

"It's anybody's privilege to run if they want to run," Carr said. "That's what I did. If Chief Brackins wants to run, that would be fine."

District 12 includes most of Sevier County. Carr challenged incumbent Richard Montgomery in last year's Republican Primary and won by around 100 votes.

"I know the first time around an incumbent is usually challenged," Carr said. "I know if I can stave off a challenge in 2014, the road gets a little easier."

Carr said he he looks forward to seeking re-election.

"I've enjoyed the experience," he said. "I've had a good time. There have been several controversial issues, but I have enjoyed doing what I think my constituents want me to do."