MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Murfreesboro Vice Mayor Ron Washington said Thursday he will apply for the open mayoral position for the April 15, 2014, election.
Three-time Mayor Tommy Bragg, 66, announced earlier last week that he will not seek another term.
“I’m weighing my options about running for mayor,” Washington said during an interview on WGNS Radio. “I’m going to apply. I’m going to qualify to run. I just talked to my family, my friends and pastors.
“We have a plan together real quickly to see what we’re going to do. I’m going to qualify to run. I think my experience in the past, the planning commission and being in public service with my company — and my board endorses me. We’re ready to go. We’ll see what happens."
Candidates have until Jan. 17, 2014, to qualify for the position.
Joyce announces candidacy for City Council
Candy Roberts Joyce recently announced her candidacy for the 2014 Murfreesboro City Council.
A long-standing community volunteer and an executive with a local nonprofit organization, Joyce is stepping into the political race with extensive community service and leadership experience.
“Having worked alongside many past mayors, City Council members and community leaders, I am excited to step up and serve our city as we continue to move forward with new opportunities,” Joyce said. “I have been encouraged by many friends to take a more active, engaged role, and now is the time to do so.”
Joyce is the executive vice president of the Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors, and she has led organization for almost 20 years. She is a certified association executive, trained mediator and professional standards administrator, and works to assist real estate professionals, their clients and customers to complete their transactions smoothly.
Additionally, she has volunteered on many city boards and commissions and currently serves as the chair of the Saint Clair Senior Citizens Commission. She also holds an appointed position on the Murfreesboro Public Building Authority and serves Murfreesboro Bicentennial Celebration Steering Committee.
Joyce is a former president of the Murfreesboro Little Theater and works with numerous charity organizations such as the American Red Cross, United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties, American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association.
Joyce is married to William Joyce, has a son, Bob Roberts, and is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University.
Nichols seeks Circuit Court judgeship
Nathan Nichols, an assistant district attorney general for Rutherford County, has announced his intention to seek the Republican Party’s nomination for Rutherford County Circuit Court judge for Division II of the 16th Judicial District, serving Cannon and Rutherford counties, during the May 6, 2014, primary.
Division II hears half of all Circuit Court criminal cases filed in Rutherford County and all of the criminal cases filed in Cannon County. If elected, Nichols would be the first prosecutor to become a judge in decades.
Nichols currently prosecutes a wide range of criminal cases in Division III in Rutherford County.
Prior to becoming an assistant district attorney, Nichols worked as a criminal investigator with the District Attorney’s Office in Rutherford County and also as a deputy Circuit Court clerk in Cannon County. Nichols describes himself as a “conservative constitutionalist and a no-nonsense prosecutor who seeks justice in every case.”
“I am honored to fight alongside our dedicated law enforcement professionals on a daily basis in our community's war on crime,” Nichols said. “While my experiences as a prosecutor have shaped many of my beliefs, if elected, I promise to be fair, honor and obey our Constitution, and impartially apply the law as written.”
Nichols, a Cannon County native, received his doctorate from the Nashville School of Law and was awarded his bachelor's degree in English from MTSU.