Cookeville Herald-Citizen: Candidate for Congress visits Cookeville

A retired judge who has thrown his hat into the ring to replace U.S. Congressman Diane Black, who is trying to become Tennessee's next governor, spent much of Monday in Cookeville.

Retired judge Bob Corlew of Mt. Juliet started the day having breakfast with voters in Sumner County before heading to a fast food restaurant in Cookeville, having coffee at a local coffee shop, meeting Cookeville officials at city hall and ending the day speaking to members of Tennessee Tech's Student Government Association.

"To be very fair, I've always had an interest in government," Corlew said Monday afternoon. "In high school, I worked a year as a page in Congress. That whetted my appetite."

After spending 30 years as a judge and 15 years teaching law classes, Corlew traveled to various countries as international president of the Lions Club before announcing in January to become a Republican candidate for Tennessee's 6th congressional district in the U.S. House.

Corlew said he's concerned about the country's morals and wants to restore Christian values to government. He's also concerned about bringing more jobs to the 6th District, which includes Putnam as well as Macon, Cannon, Smith, Clay, Overton, Sumner, DeKalb, Trousdale, Jackson, Robertson, Wilson, Fentress, Cumberland, Coffee, Pickett and White counties.

He's also worried about the national debt.

"I'm frustrated with the bills continuing through Congress," he said. "The government seems to spend money like there's no tomorrow. We need to balance the budget and reduce the national debt."

Other Republican candidates in the 6th Congressional District include Judd Matheny of Tullahoma, Christopher Brian Monday of Cookeville, John Rose of Cookeville and Lavern "Uturn LaVern" Vivio of Springfield. Democratic candidates for that seat are Dawn Barlow of Rickman, Christopher Martin Finley of Nashville, Peter Heffernan of Gallatin and Merrilee Wineinger of Hendersonville. Independent candidates are Lloyd Dunn of Portland and David Ross of White House.