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James Mackler, a Nashville attorney and Iraq War veteran, will on Monday become the first Tennessee Democrat to announce plans torun in 2018 for the state’s U.S. Senate seat held by U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee.

Mackler cited his military background repeatedly in a news release provided to The USA Today Network – Tennessee ahead of the formal announcement, saying he’s “running to restore respect, honesty, and most importantly, integrity in Washington.”