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City Council candidate wants election moved

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Republican City Council candidate Toby Gilley declared his support for moving Murfreesboro City Elections to Rutherford County’s August Primary election date.

Currently, Murfreesboro City elections are held on the third Tuesday of April and have seen a dramatic decrease in voter participation.

“I recently learned from Election Commissioner Nicole Lester recently and learned that due to new state guidelines, the City Elections will cost nearly $67,000, a substantial increase from prior elections," Gilley said. "This expense to the taxpayer is unneeded and can be eliminated if we simply move City Elections to the August Primary election date. ... The combination of low voter turnout, confusion and expense warrant a move of the City Election to an August date.”

Gilley has served the citizens of Murfreesboro for 12 years on the Council and looks forward to another term in order to address issues such as Safe and Livable Neighborhoods, providing a healthy environment for Small Business Growth and continuing to improve Education and Recreation resources for the community.

During his 12 years on the City Council Gilley has chaired the Risk Management Committee, served on the Water Board, the Planning Commission and represented the City Council on the Cable Commission and Library Board.

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March 12, 2012 at 3:43pm
Voters have been clammoring for this and district representation for years. Why does Gilley suddenly realize that this is a money saver. Why hasn't he championed this idea in the 12 yrs. that he has been on the Council?
March 16, 2012 at 12:05pm
It has nothing to do with money. The reason the Council keeps the elections on that particular time and date is so City politics will be given proper attention and not lost in the face of much larger federal elections.
March 18, 2012 at 1:08pm
It has nothing to do with issues because in the city elections usually there are none. The low voter turnout allowed minority voters voting as a bloc along with those who are tiring of the current bunch to elect Ms. Scales-Harris. This bounced one of the good ol boys out. Predictably it was David Edwards and I think that the same thing could happen to Chris Bratcher. Moving the election date will involve more voters and dilute the effect of a bloc vote if one should form in the future.
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