Local businessman Bill Shacklett announced Saturday he will drop out of the April 20 Murfreesboro City Council election to focus on his state House of Representatives bid.
Shacklett qualified to run as a Democrat for the 34th District Tennessee House of Representatives seat currently held by Rep. Donna Rowland (R-Murfreesboro). Rowland announced Thursday she will not seek re-election.
Shacklett issued the following statement Saturday morning:
After much counsel with family, friends and supporters, I have determined that I will no longer campaign for Murfreesboro City Council.
I will seek further public service as the representative of the 34th District of Tennessee House.
I feel that it would not be fair to the citizens of Murfreesboro to attempt to fulfill both campaign responsibilities at the same time. The voters deserve to have the opportunity to clearly express their desire for the next City Council.
The unanticipated events of the last few days have compelled me to pursue this opportunity to serve the community that I love at the state level.
I want to express my sincere appreciation for all the encouragement and support that I have received during the City Council campaign. I am also extremely grateful for the prayer offered as I have made this decision. I encourage every citizen to listen to the candidates, learn the facts and participate by voting your conscience. Effective government begins with YOU the VOTER.
As I embark on this State House race, I look forward to bringing civility to the public debate of issues, innovative thinking to collaboratively finding answers to difficult problems and honorable service to the citizens of the 34th District. They deserve no less.