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February 7, 2013

Tarr run talk spurs rush of support

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Tarr said he is weighing two major obstacles before he will make a decision on candidacy. For starters, collecting 10,000 certified signatures of support for candidacy by the end of February will prove no easy task, Tarr noted.

”The biggest hurdle is actually getting the signatures by the 27th,” Tarr said. “I’m still in the process of looking at the situation and trying to make a good decision. I don’t want to start down the path until I’m 100 percent committed.”

Tarr will need to prove he can garner financial support too. At the end of last year, Tarr held about $189,000 in cash in his state fund-raising account, according to the Office of Campaign and Political Finance. But a U.S. Senate race would require funds raised in the millions of dollars.

”One of the things we’re examining is if we’re able to raise a sufficient amount of money to be able to communicate a strong message,” Tarr said.

But Tarr has overcome at least one former roadblock. People who long questioned whether a perceived aversion to air travel would suppress Tarr’s reach for higher office can rest assured that the need for flight will not keep Tarr grounded.

The 49-year-old state senator lived 47 years never travelling by plane, first because the necessity never arose and later because air travel became a “what if.” Then at 47, Tarr decided to step off the tarmac.

”It was something I decided I needed to tackle,” Tarr said.

After travelling the last couple years in flight, Tarr said, he has become “accustomed” to that mode of travel, jetting to Washington D.C., New York and Florida on various occasions.

“I don’t consider it to be an impediment. I do not fear it. I don’t find it unpleasant,” Tarr said Wednesday.

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