Lee Harris has officially filed to run in the Democratic Primary for Tennessee’s 29th District State Senate seat.

From The Commercial Appeal:

Lee Harris made it definite Thursday morning, filing a qualifying petition to challenge sitting state Sen. Ophelia Ford in the Democratic primary in the 29th District.

Harris, a Memphis City Council member from District 7, joined a crowded field: Ricky W. Dixon and Herman Sawyer have also filed to challenge Ford in the primary. Two Republicans — James “Jim” Finney and Anthony D. Herron Sr. — have also filed petitions to run.

If his challenge is successful, it would be another step on a quick ascent for the law professor at the University of Memphis. He was elected to the City Council in 2011, defeating Kemba Ford. He had been publicly toying with the idea of challenging Ophelia Ford for the past few weeks.

“The thing I heard most often is that folks are ready for change,” he said.

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