Demos joins McFarland campaign

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- The marketing director for the Demos Family Restaurants has been named the new campaign manager for Murfreesboro mayoral candidate Shane McFarland.

Kristin Demos, who worked with McFarland on his Murfreesboro City Council campaign, announced Friday she has decided to join his mayoral campaign as well.

“I learned a tremendous amount about our community when I worked with Shane (McFarland) on his campaign for City Council,” Demos said. “When he asked me to come on board for the mayoral race, I jumped at the opportunity.”

The two-term City Council member has said as mayor he would continue to promote the development of more small businesses, work toward attracting more companies, and make city government more responsive to the needs of residents.

“Economic development has gotten so competitive,” McFarland said. “For Murfreesboro to compete in the current economic climate, we have to be aggressive, creative and thoughtful. … I am personally committed to making Murfreesboro a business-friendly city, the benefits of which are good, quality job creation and lower taxes.”

Demos, who is considered by many as a well-connected community figure, has long been actively involved with several local organizations and initiatives, most notably as the fundraising chair for the annual Duck Derby race sponsored by the Child Advocacy Center.

In addition, she is the former interim president of the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties and past president of the Junior League of Murfreesboro.

Demos said she is confident in his vision of the future, noting McFarland is a small-business owner who has “his finger on the pulse of the community.”

“Because of his involvement as Murfreesboro city councilman,” she said, “he has unique insight and ability to anticipate what this city needs based on growth patterns.”

-- Marie Kemph,

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January 06, 2014 at 2:09pm
It's a shame the family's name was sullied by such codescending behavior toward Bible Park opponents by Peter Demos. Even though the family knows now the park would have flopped and their comments were totally disrespectful and off base, I've heard no apologies from them. I'd never set foot in their restaurant or vote for their candidate as a result.
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