State Senate Democrats are still looking for a strong candidate to try and capture the seat being given up by Sen. Tim Burchett, who is running for Knox County mayor. The Democrats need to pick up open seats in order to win back control of the Republican-controlled Senate.
State Sen. Andy Berke, D-Chattanooga, was in Knoxville last week prospecting. He had lunch with Cortney Piper, who has a public relations business and did fund-raising for Mike Padgett's senatorial campaign. She is interested in pursuing the race.