MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell confirmed he is considering a run for congress.
He said it is a personal decision he is discussing with friends and family.
He is currently in Washington D.C., but said that trip has nothing to do with him making a bid for the vacant District 8 congressional seat.
Luttrell said he is in Washington for a conference on county governments and is not meeting with the Republican National Committee.
Luttrell also said that despite rumors, he has not put together an exploratory team or commissioned any polls to evaluate his chances for winning.
Several people are currently running to fill the seat vacated by Congressman Stephen Fincher. Fincher announced he would not seek re-election at the beginning of February.
Luttrell would join six Republicans, three Democrats and one Independent currently seeking the seat.
Republicans Steven Basar, George S. Flinn Jr, Brian Kelsey, Ken Atkins, David Kustoff, and Thomas Leatherwood III will face off in the Republican primary in August for the seat.
Democratic candidates Robert Hatton, Michael McCusker and David W. Vinciarelli will face each other in the Democratic primary in August.
The Republican and Democratic candidate winning the primary will face each other, as well as Independent candidate Kurt Budke in the November election.
Luttrell could join this pool of candidates, all seeking to fill what will soon be a vacated Congressional seat in Washington D.C. by Fincher.
Luttrell said he will make a final decision sometime next week about whether he will run for the seat.