MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - After much speculation, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell officially announced he will chase a congressional seat.
However, Luttrell said the people of Shelby County should not worry, because his primary job is to be the county's mayor.
"This is my primary job and it will be for as long as the campaign is going," Luttrell said.
Luttrell announced he will run for the 8th District in Congress, seeking the seat that will soon be vacated by U.S. Representative Stephen Fincher.
"The campaigning I do will be after hours, weekends, times like that," he said.
Luttrell joins 10 others in the race for the open seat. Now that he has decided to run for the office, Luttrell said the real work begins.
His campaign spans 14 counties and represents 750,000 people.
If elected, Luttrell must vacate his position as county mayor. The Shelby County Commission chairman would serve as acting mayor for up to 45 days. The county commission chairman is chosen each year by commissioners. Terry Roland is currently the chairman. Should Luttrell win, his successor would depend on when he stepped down as mayor.
What happens after that 45 days remains to be seen.
"Some people have said that the commission appoints, but if you get over to state law, state law says if it's more than 12 months left in a term then you've got to have a special election. So, we're trying to iron out all those terms right now," Roland said.
In the meantime, Luttrell says he still has a job to do.
"It's going to be time consuming, but my health is good, my energy is strong, I'm in good shape, and I'm ready for it," Luttrell said.