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2010 elections to bring fresh faces to local gov

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There are going to be some fresh faces in government come August and possibly in April.

At least two county commissioners – John Rodgers and Bob Bullen – are not running for re-election in August when Rutherford County voters pick the county commission, mayor, trustee, clerk and several other posts.

For Bullen’s seat Avent Lane and Matthew Young have have picked up petitions from the Rutherford County Election Commission but have not qualified yet.

No one has shown interest in Rodgers’ District 14 seat yet, but hopefuls and incumbents have until April 1 to qualify.

Along with the open seats, Commissioner Gary Farley could be facing opposition from David Beardsley and James Kitzler, who have not qualified yet.

And Farley’s not alone is facing possible opposition. Jeff Jordan may have to face off with Ronald Henderson and Paul Johnson, who have yet to qualify.

Bradley Turner also picked up petitions this week to possibly challenge Anthony Johnson in the 10th District.

A handful of commissioners, Robert Peay (Dist. 4), Mike Sparks (Dist. 11), Rick Hall (Dist. 12), Trey Gooch (Dist. 20), and Jim Daniel (Dist. 21), haven’t picked up petitions yet.

Update: Doug Shafer (Dist. 1) has picked up his petitions.

But Daniel did express interest in running for re-election. He just hasn't picked up the paperwork yet.

For the April 20 Murfreesboro City Election, all incumbents have qualified for election with the exceptions of School board members Ray Butrum, who hasn’t turned in his paperwork, and David Hopper, who hasn’t picked up petitions.

But time is running short for these guys with the deadline to qualify set at noon Thursday, Jan. 21. Hopper couldn’t be reached for comment about his re-election campaign.

Two familiar faces will be on the city school board ballot with former school board member Patrick McCarthy making a run for it. McCarthy lost his seat two years ago when Nancy Duggin and Butch Campbell were elected to the board.

Former Murfreesboro Parks & Recreation Director Dennis Rainier has also expressed interest in a seat on the school board, but must still qualify.

In the city mayor’s race, Tommy Bragg may see a challenger in Timothy Davis.

For three at-large seats on the city council, incumbents David Edwards, Shane McFarland and Doug Young have qualified.

Challengers Madelyn Scales Harris, Mark Nobles and Brian Vaughn have qualified for the race. Bill Jakes, Thomas Moss and William Tocco have picked up petitions.
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Members Opinions:
January 12, 2010 at 3:35pm
For slapping us with a tax increase in a recession with rising unemployment, the entire bunch on the county board should get the shoe-leather express.
January 13, 2010 at 8:59am
With all the development, high appraisals and huge influx of people moving and living here, the county should be flush with cash.
January 13, 2010 at 4:17pm
They have done as good of a job as anyone...if you think you can do better I suggest you run for office.
January 15, 2010 at 3:40pm
too much of the development has been "starter" homes--not that there's anything wrong with them--that don't pay enough in property taxes to fund the cost of educating the kids that live there. nor do their families pay enough in sales taxes--not that I'm saying anyone should pay more. it's just a fact that residential development costs government more than it pays. the huge influx of people does not produce a net gain for the county coffers. unfortunate, not widely understood, but true.
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