Tuesday, July 29, 2014 · 8:43 a.m.
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Eric McRoy announced Friday he will run for an open seat in the state House.

Eric McRoy plans to run for the Democratic nomination in an open state House race. (Photo: Contributed)

The 34-year-old IT professional is running for the Democratic nomination in the 27th District, where he says he was born and raised. He wants to ensure constituents’ concerns are brought to the forefront in the Legislature.

If elected, he plans to focus on health care access and tougher criminal penalties for people who abuse children and the elderly. Medicaid expansion has been put on a backburner in Tennessee, but it’s an important issue that needs to be resolved, he said.

"A lot of people have fallen through the cracks and haven’t had the ability to get health insurance," he said. "The people who are affected are those who can’t afford it or part-time workers."

McRoy initially planned to run against state Rep. Richard Floyd. Floyd announced this week he would not seek re-election. Election Commissioner Tommy Crangle announced Thursday he would run for the Republican nomination.

Primary elections are Aug. 7. The general election is Nov. 4.

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