Weston Wamp, a Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Tennessee’s Third District, announced the first members of his campaign staff and leadership team this week.
The group includes three notable Chattanooga entrepreneurs as well as a former staffer for the incumbent, Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, and a 25-year veteran of the Chattanooga Police Department, a press release said.
“I’m honored that people of this caliber have joined my campaign for Congress,” Wamp said. “Our campaign team spans three generations, but shares a passion for seeing Washington work to serve the people again. The Congress does not have to be an embarrassment to our country. We deserve much better representation, and with this team I believe we are on our way to a winning campaign and an opportunity to set a higher standard than the current congressman.”
Members of the Wamp campaign include:
- Corky Coker, finance chairman—Coker is the president and chief executive officer of Coker Tire. One of Chattanooga’s most well-known business leaders, Coker has been active in local politics since the early 1980s, the press release said. Coker will lead the campaign’s fundraising efforts as finance chairman.
- Marshall Brock, finance director—Brock started Clumpie’s Ice Cream on Chattanooga’s North Shore 14 years ago and more recently co-founded Chattanooga Football Club with other local businessmen, the release said. He is the nephew of former U.S. Sen. Bill Brock, who was elected to the represent the Third Congressional District at 31 years old, the press release said. Brock is on staff with the Wamp campaign as the full-time finance director.
- D. Winchester, southern campaign coordinator—A native of Lookout Valley, Winchester is a local conservative political activist and specialist in the Army Reserves. Winchester is on staff to coordinate scheduling, grassroots activity, and volunteers in the district’s lower five counties.
- Adria Landmesser, northern campaign coordinator—A lifelong resident of Anderson and Roane Counties, Landmesser worked as an assistant to Fleischmann from 2011-2013. She has been active with many East Tennessee charitable organizations and political campaigns, the release said. Landmesser is on staff to coordinate the campaign in the district’s upper six counties.
- Nick Macco, technology and media director—Macco is a co-founder of Southtree, a Chattanooga-based digital preservation firm, which he started in his dorm at Lee University and has grown into an industry leader. He will support the candidate in new media and messaging, the release said.
- Rick Mincy, special projects—Recently retired after 25 years with the Chattanooga Police Department, where he served as a sergeant, Mincy will support the candidate in research, fundraising, and building coalitions, the release said.
Wamp said more of his campaign leadership team will be named later.
Wamp is the son of former Rep. Zach Wamp, who gave up the seat he had held since 1994 to run, unsuccessfully as it turned out, for Tennessee governor in 2010.
Weston Wamp also ran for the Third District congressional seat two years ago but lost to Fleischmann in the Republican primary.
Fleischmann is completing his second term.