MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell formally announced he will run for Congress.
He is seeking the District 8 congressional seat.
"50 percent of the voting district comes out of Shelby County. 80 percent of the geographics are from outside the region. It's a balance that must be struck. It's a delicate balance and I think I can do it," Luttrell said.
A product of rural West Tennessee, Luttrell moved to Memphis as a teenager and said whoever runs the 8th district must understand urban, rural and suburban issues.
Luttrell confirmed a big meeting with 11 county mayors and 11 sheriffs out of 14 counties in the district, many supporting him.
He said his father, Mark Sr., is always on his mind. Mark Sr. ran the Shelby County penal farm, which is now his dad's namesake.
"I think of him daily and he certainly has been my inspiration," Luttrell said.
Luttrell's focus if he wins would be economics, education and workforce development.
He said his first step with his campaign is launching a listening tour.
Luttrell joins a crowded race for the seat that will be vacated by Congressman Stephen Fincher, who announced in February he would not seek re-election.
Luttrell said his trip to Washington D.C. earlier this month had nothing to do with his intent to see the congressional seat.