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With the deadline to file looming, the field of candidates for Murfreesboro’s April election has become crowded quickly.

Thursday is the final deadline for candidates to file for the April 20 election and the city council race has attracted nine candidates for three at-large seats. Likewise the Murfreesboro City Board of Education race has six candidates for three seats, one of which may be up for grabs.

Incumbents David Edwards, Shane McFarland and Doug Young have qualified to run.

Taking on the incumbents are Madelyn Harris Scales, Bill Shacklett, David Boyce, Thomas Moss, Mark Nobles, and Brian Vaughn.

For the school board, Incumbents Ray Butrum and Mary Wade have qualified to run for re-election, but David Hopper has not picked up petitions yet. Calls for comments to Hopper have not been returned.

Former school board member Patrick McCarthy has qualified to run, as have former Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Director Dennis Rainer, Kevin Fisher and Eric Newell.

Also, Tim Davis has qualified to run against incumbent Murfreesboro Mayor Tommy Bragg.

Michelle Willard can be contacted at 615-869-0816 or mwillard@murfreesboropost.com.
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Members Opinions:
January 20, 2010 at 3:46pm
OK folks...Everyone (most everyone) wants to complain about how things are run in the boro so now is your chance to mix things up..GO VOTE!!!
January 20, 2010 at 4:29pm
A good time to clean house! Now is you chance for change.
January 20, 2010 at 9:01pm
"Tim Davis has qualified to run against incumbent Murfreesboro Mayor Tommy Bragg."

Does Tim Davis ever smile. He always appears to have on too tight of underwear, frowning. What is he so unhappy about - is business that bad?
January 20, 2010 at 9:45pm
ItsGood, he realizes Tommy has done a pathetic job and is always upset about it. Or he could be upset with all this money they waste. LOL
January 21, 2010 at 9:36am
Macgyver, give me one instance when the Mayor did something pathetic. I'd say it's pathetic to support someone who dropped out of school to run a bookstore. What practical use is there for a guy like Davis? He's lost elections before and he's going to lose this one too. It's not because it's the good old boy system (which is BS) the the Mayor will win, it's that he has done an excellent job and his rival in the election is simply a crap candidate.
January 21, 2010 at 10:05am
Macgyver, even at his own store - when you see him, Davis is frowning. Evidently now a happy Christian.
January 21, 2010 at 10:57am
You're gonna tell me that there has been no waste of our money under the watch of Tommy? Please don't be blind to the Good Ole Boy network. Have you ever tried to get a building permit without using Huddleston or I forget who the other "recommended" engineering firm is? If you know one of the good ole boys you can still get your job done. I've seen and expirenced it firsthand. As for Davis, I don't even know who he is or what store he owns/owned. It was a joke hence the "LOL", but you couldn't see it cause you were too upset about the Tuesday loss.

Here is a few instances, wasted our money with a national search only to select Rob Lyons, has allowed a police department to make many errors and doesn't hold anyone accountable, and a waterpark! How much money did the city give to the Chamber to build their new building. Does he even know how to save money?
January 21, 2010 at 11:35am
First of all, citizens (not the council) WANTED a large scale search for Haley's old job so whiners like you can say that Lyons is too much like Haley (and your BS G.O.B's) to get his job done. Secondly, Mayor Bragg is NOT in charge of our police force. That duty is delegated to the police chief. Have a problem with the police or crime? Tell Glenn Chrisman. Third, I think it would be great to revamp SportsCom with a water park. It is an existing building, things will not have to be rezoned like they would if they decided to build a new park entirely. If you really knew all of the answers to these ignorant posts, pull up you skirt and run for office instead of hiding behind a fake moniker.
January 23, 2010 at 7:24pm
M'Boro is one of best operated cities in TEnnessee...even has job growth and business growth during recession....and honest law enforcement...I'd think long and hard before voting against the leaders who led the growth....
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