Rutherford County Elections Administrator Hooper Penuel will not seek the 48th District Tennessee General Assembly seat vacated by Rep. John Hood.
“After discussions with close friends and family we agreed that presently at this stage of my career, I am in a better position to assist all of Rutherford County residents by continuing to administer fare and impartial elections with the Election Commission rather than begin a new career as a Tennessee Legislator from Rutherford County,” he wrote in a letter March 13.
“I especially look forward to the future and beyond with the challenges and opportunities this 2008 election year will bring,” he continued.
Penuel has overseen elections in Rutherford County for the past eight years.
Hood announced he would step down from the seat he has held since the 100th General Assembly in 1997.
While in the state House, Hood has served as vice chair of the House Calendar and Rules Committee and member of the House Education Committee; House Finance, Ways and Means Committee; and Higher Education Subcommittee.
Joe Carr has officially announced he runs as a Republican for Hood’s 48th District seat. John Jakes has also submitted paperwork for the seat, but has not officially announced his candidacy.