MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Jeff Jordan announced Thursday that he will not seek a third term on the Rutherford County Commission.
Jordan has represented District 13 for nearly a decade. The district primarily consists of the Bellwood Elementary School, Riverdale High School, and Saint Andrews Drive and Cason Lane areas.
“The support of the voters … has been deeply appreciated,” Jordan said, “and I hope I served them and my country well.”
Although Jordan, did not elaborate on why he has decided to retire from public office, he did offer advice to Rutherford County voters, noting this election cycle is very important because they will be choosing candidates who will be responsible for overseeing an ever-growing population.
Jordan said voters should elect people who have “considerable life experience.”
“They should not be impulsive or immature and should be careful people who value teamwork,” he said in reference to the multitude of candidates. “Beware of those whose favorite word is ‘no’ and have quick and easy solutions to seemingly every problem, no matter how complex.”
He stressed choosing wise candidates is important because the population growth is likely to lead to elected officials facing pressure in regarding to planning, zoning, law enforcement and transportation issues, as well as debt levels and tax rates.
“To elect people with little vision or energy or to elect people who will vote for anything in October but will not vote to fund it when budget time arrives, is unthinkable,” Jordan said, adding he hopes future commissioners will avoid putting political philosophies ahead of constituents and the needs of the county.
“I would advise those running that it is a much more honest campaign strategy to tell the voters specific things you stand for and what you intend to try to do if elected,” he said, “rather than to base your campaign on constant criticism of others.”
Jordan, who has opposed holding party primaries for County Commission elections, concluded his statements by saying he hopes voters elect candidates “who will listen and discuss compromises” and “put politics far down their priority list.”
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