With all the attention so far focused on next year’s Republican primary for the 25th District seat in the Tennessee Senate, a Kingston Springs businessman has announced his candidacy in the Democratic primary. Tony Gross, a Kingston Springs city commissioner, is the first candidate to announce a Democratic bid for the seat currently held by Republican Sen. Jim Summerville of Dickson. The 25th District includes Dickson, Cheatham, Hickman, Humphreys and Robertson counties. The primaries will be held Aug. 7. Gross said he wants to restore opportunity for small towns by fighting the extreme politics and big special interests that are blocking progress. “Our state government could use a big dose of small-town values,” Gross said in his announcement. “As a family businessman and small town city commissioner, I’m in the business of solving problems and creating opportunity so we can build stronger small towns for our children. Right now there are too many extreme politicians and big special interests corrupting Nashville and making it harder for working families to get by.” Gross, his wife Joy and six-year-old daughter Sophie live in Kingston Springs where he runs Datco, Inc., the family owned custom manufacturing company. He is a graduate of Belmont University and earned a Master’s Degree in Education Policy from Indiana University. Elected in 2010, Summerville has already announced his intention to seek a second and final four-year term. Former state Sen. Kerry Roberts of Springfield and state Rep. Josh Evans of Greenbrier also have announced bids for the Republican nomination and Wayne White of Slayden is reported to be considering a run as well. Qualifying for the August 2014 general and primary elections begins Jan. 3 with a deadline of April 3.