The Tennessean: Former judge announces campaign for U.S. Rep. Diane Black's congressional seat

Bob Corlew, a U.S. Army veteran and former judge living in Wilson County, has announced he will run for U.S. Rep. Diane Black's 6th District Congressional seat.

Corlew sent out a news release late Tuesday evening and posted a campaign video on YouTube.

“I'm running for because I've dedicated my life to public service, not political service, serving my community and my country," Corlew said in the video. "It used to be if you played by the rules and worked hard you would be able to get your slice of the American Dream, but sadly politicians from parties have weakened America."

Corlew's video elaborated on his conservative Christian values and support for President Trump, who he said "needs folks who will work with him, not against him."

Black announced in August that she would not seek re-election and would instead run for Tennessee governor, leaving her seat open in the very conservative 6th district, which includes 17 counties in northern Middle Tennessee.

Since then, state Sen. Mark Green, state Rep. Judd Matheny, political strategist and CNN contributor Scottie Nell Hughes and Nashville businessman and former Tennessee Department of Agriculture commissioner John Rose have expressed interest.

Rose and Matheny have launched campaigns while Green opted to run for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who is running for U.S. Senate. 

But word circulated early on in political circles that Corlew, who most recently served as a judge in Cannon and Rutherford Counties, was considering running and could also raise the funds necessary for a competitive campaign.

Corlew served in the U.S. Army at Fort Knox after law school and was elected as a General Sessions Judge in 1984 and in 1990 as Chancery Court judge in Cannon and Rutherford Counties overseeing civil case until his retirement in 2014.
 
In 2016, he served as the president of Lions Club International.

The release said Corlew and his wife Dianne live in Mount Juliet and have five children and eight grandchildren.