This means Wamp will face freshman incumbent U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann in the Republican primary next August, in a bid to serve in the seat his father, Zach Wamp, held until January of this year.
In addition to cashing in on his significant name recognition, Wamp is starting out of the gate by appealing to citizens of his age group, as a video posted to his campaign website and YouTube account reveals.
One other Republican candidate, Jean Howard-Hill, has announced a campaign to win this primary election, while at least two others are said to be considering a run. These include Robin Smith, former chair of the Tennessee Republican Party, who finished in second place in the 2010 primary; and Tres Wittum, former state chair of the Tennessee College Republicans.
To date, no Democrats, independents, or third party candidates have announced an intent to run.
As just a passing note of semi-related interest: Chris Carroll, who wrote the Times Free Press article linked above, is the son of Chattanooga media veteran David Carroll, currently an anchor at WRCB. Fathers passing “the mantle” to their sons is a time-honored tradition. In Wamp’s case, it will be up to the voters to decide if it holds true.