MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- The owner of a local bail bonds company recently announced she is seeking the Republican Party nomination in the Rutherford County Circuit Court clerk race slated for May 2014.
Rutherford County resident Melissa Harrell, who is the president of Discovery Investigations and owner of AAAA Bonding Company LLC, said she is throwing her hat into the ring in hopes she will have the opportunity to bring more transparency to the office.
“Having worked closely with the Rutherford County court system for 24 years, I believe now is the time to more actively contribute,” she said. “Taxpayers want someone with a successful business background who will apply conservative values and work tirelessly to curb excessive government spending.
“I know how to balance a budget and run a business, and I have firsthand insight into the needs and requirements of the court system. With this day-to-day experience and a proven track record of hard work, I look forward to putting my experience to use serving the citizens as Circuit Court clerk.”
In addition to her bail bonds business, Harrell owns and manages rental and commercial properties. The Riverdale High School alumna is also a member of the Parent Teacher Organization, having previously served as treasurer, and she is actively involved in the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce.
Harrell is the daughter of Rebecca Bell Harrell and the late Claiborn “Buddy” Harrell from the Kittrell community. Her father was the owner of Buddy Harrell Bonding, a family business that included Harrell and her brother, the late Mark Harrell, a former La Vergne High School teacher.
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