This week, The Post profiled the Republican candidates for Rutherford County assessor of property. For the Democrats, Rob Mitchell is the only primary candidate.
Early voting runs through Tuesday, Feb. 28 at these locations in the county:
• La Vergne Civic Auditorium, 283 Old Nashville Hwy., La Vergne;
• Tennessee Rehabilitation Center, 406 Ninth Ave., Smyrna;
• SportsCom, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro;
• Rutherford County Election Commission Annex, 426 E. Vine St., Murfreesboro;
• Blackman Elementary School, 586 Fortress Blvd., Murfreesboro; and
• Rutherford County Election Commission Office, No. 1 Public Square South, Suite 103, Murfreesboro.
Early voting locations will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, with the exception of the Election Commission office, which will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.
Voters go to the polls March 6 to cast ballots in the Presidential Preference and Rutherford County primaries. Voters are asked to cast a ballot for their favorite Republican and Democratic Presidential candidates, Republican delegates, and county assessor of property and road superintendent.
William Austin II
Born and raised in Murfreesboro, William C. Austin II says he can bring a kind of care to the office of Property Assessor that no other candidate can.
He may be a ripe 22-years-old, but Austin is serious about winning the race and said he has deep-rooted heritage in Rutherford County.
“I am the only candidate who was born in Murfreesboro,” Austin said. “My family’s blood stained the ground of the Stones River Battlefield.”
Austin is currently studying accounting and business management at MTSU and plans to graduate soon.
“This is a real bid for caring about our county,” Austin said. “I believe I can bring new life to Rutherford County politics and the way things are run.”
Austin decided not to plaster his name on signs all over the county as he refuses to take campaign contributions from landowners.
“I have not been bought by any landowner or special interest group. I am truly a conservative candidate that has only the interest of the people of my native county at heart,” Austin said in a press release.
Austin promises the people of Rutherford County a fair assessment of their property during these hard times saying, “The free fall of the economy we have suffered over the past three years requires a fresh look at our tax base and the size and cost of government.”
“I believe I can do as good a job or better than the current property assessor,” Austin said.
Barfield community native Lance Jenkins, who previously served as deputy property assessor from 1987-2004, feels his experience make him the perfect candidate in the Republican Primary for Rutherford County Property Assessor.
“I feel my experience while serving in the assessor’s office inspired me to become the next assessor of property. ... As assessor I will strive to insure that each property owner is treated fairly and equally, and that all commercial, industrial, residential and personal property is assessed according to state law,” he said.
During his years working at the assessor’s office under retired Property Assessor Tommy Sanford, Jenkins held multiple jobs in the county department from appraiser to project coordinator to finally deputy property assessor.
Jenkins was actively involved in three reappraisal programs, attended more than 1,000 hours in appraisal and real estate classes, and held many professional certifications including Tennessee certified assessor, real estate appraiser and public administrator.
Jenkins was raised on the farm of his grandparent, John and Roxie Jenkins, in the Barfield community. He attended Rutherford County schools and graduated from MTSU in 1985.
Bill Boner was elected to Rutherford County’s assessor of property in 2008. He could not be reached for comment.