"McLeary Forms State Senate Committee"
(Jackson, Tennessee) - Former State Senator Don McLeary has obtained the necessary paperwork to begin a campaign for the Republican nomination for the 27th Senate District. From 2003-2007, Senator McLeary served Madison, Gibson, and Carroll Counties in the District, currently represented by Democrat Lowe Finney.
"Like many in West Tennessee, I have watched the events of 2009 unfold and with each passing day I have found myself becoming ever more frustrated," said McLeary. "Broken promises, job losses, government spending, and the lack of personal choice have convinced me that my service is needed in Nashville for future challenges we will face."
McLeary is currently working with the United Methodist Church of West Tennessee and is a volunteer football coach at South Gibson High School. Prior to entering politics, McLeary worked in banking and in education.
"Over the last several weeks I have recieved a tremendous amount of encouragement about this decision. After much thought and prayer, I have come to the conclusion that I am willing to undertake this fight and I am ready to serve from the first day," said McLeary. "I look forward to telling the voters my unique story of putting principle over politics and always standing up for what I believe is right."
Don McLeary was born in Humboldt, Tennessee and grew up in a farming family in north Madison County. He is graduate of Northside High School and the University of Tennessee where he played tailback on the Vols’ 1967 National Championship team. He previously served as head football coach at the University of Tennessee at Martin and as an assistant coach in the United States Football League. Don and his wife, Mary Carolyn, have been married for 40 years. They have three children and six grandchildren and continue to live on the McLeary family farm in Madison County.