With just over a year until the general elections, the race to determine who will be the next Rutherford County Circuit Court clerk is starting to heat up with Laura Bohling already facing a challenger.
On the same day that Bohling, a first-term Republican Party member who has served as Circuit Court clerk since 2010, confirmed she plans to run to for re-election next year, Lance Jenkins announced his intentions to run for the seat.
Jenkins announced Monday he will be a candidate for Circuit Court clerk in the Republican primary in May 2014.
“My life’s work includes time spent in both public and private service,” Jenkins said. “I have seen both sides of the spectrum. When I look at the public and private sectors, which have worked tirelessly to ensure the success of our growing country, they always place themselves in positions to learn and grow.”
Jenkins, a former captain in the Tennessee Army National Guard, has 18 years of experience with the Rutherford County government.
Touting his longtime experience in both sectors, Jenkins noted that he served as county coordinator for Gov. Bill Haslam’s campaign during the 2010 election season.
“I believe that my experience in both the public and private sectors over the past years can provide the right leadership for the clerk’s office,” Jenkins said.
His campaign leadership team consists of his mother, Linda E. Jenkins, a retired administrative assistant for the Circuit Court Clerk’s office, and Eloise Gaither, former Circuit Court clerk.
The Rutherford County native said he feels honored that both his mother and Gaither, women with more than 70 years of combined service in the clerk’s office, will be supporting his campaign efforts.
“I look forward during the next seven months to meeting the Rutherford County citizens,” he said. “I would appreciate everyone’s support and vote.”
Bohling officially kicked off her campaign during an event Thursday inside the Rutherford County Republican headquarters, located on East Main Street in downtown Murfreesboro.
“I look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Rutherford County as their Circuit Court clerk,” she said in a press release. “We have made many significant changes in the clerk’s office during my first term to better serve the public, such as creating a modern, efficient office, and plans are already in process for additional upgrades over the next few years.”