MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Murfreesboro Vice Mayor Ron Washington has officially announced plans to seek the city’s highest elected office.
“This is not only my hometown, but a premier city that I truly love,” Washington said in a press release. “It is with great humility that I announce that I am a candidate for the mayor of the city of Murfreesboro.”
Washington has served on the Murfreesboro City Council since 1998 and was unanimously voted by his peers to serve as vice mayor earlier this year. As vice mayor, he leads in the absence of Mayor Tommy Bragg, who is not seeking re-election in the April 15 election.
Washington also serves as a liaison to Murfreesboro City Schools, the Senior Citizens Commission and the Water and Sewer Department.
Washington is best known for his efforts in the Maney Avenue corridor enhancement project to revitalize the area and various other economic growth opportunities, such as the development of Medical Center Parkway.
“As we continue to grow, we must have a sustainable community, maintain a high quality of life, and provide increased opportunities for our citizens,” Washington said. “With my proven experience of building successful partnerships between the public and private sectors, I believe I am the best qualified person who can continue to lead us in the right direction.”
Washington, who is a Middle Tennessee State University alumnus, has 15 years of management experience with Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation. During his tenure, he oversaw day-to-day operations, managed an annual budget in excess of $1 million, and supervised 90 employees. Just recently, he was named the district manager for special projects.
Currently, Washington is also in his third term as a member of the board of directors of the Tennessee Municipal League.
On a national level, Washington has served on the Transportation Committee and the Community and Economic Development Committee for the National League of Cities.
In regard to his public sector work, Washington said, “I am committed to this community and am blessed to have been called to serve others.”
“I look forward to continuing conversations with residents in the days ahead,” he said.
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