Democrat Luther Mercer II declares for Tanner seat


Associated Press

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - Educator Luther Mercer II has announced he will run for the Democratic nomination to succeed U.S. Rep. John Tanner in Congress.

Thirty-four-year-old Mercer is a Jackson native who works as coordinator of global education for St. George's Independent School in Memphis and teaches classes at Bethel College. Mercer tells The Jackson Sun that his family history of public service and international experience from studying and working in Egypt, China and Italy have helped prepare him for the job. Mercer is the son of political activist Shirlene Mercer, who worked as a district field director for Tanner, and Madison County Commissioner Luther Mercer.

He joins state Sen. Roy Herron of Dresden in the Democratic field. Crockett County farmer Stephen Fincher and network engineer Donn Janes of Brighton have declared for the Republican nomination.