Friday, March 26, 2010

More Candidates Show Interest In Races

As the deadline approaches for candidates interested in running for office in the August elections, more and more people are picking up petitions. Cookeville city council member Ryan Williams picked up papers today to run for the Republican nomination for the 42nd District seat in the State House of Representatives. Another city council member, Ricky Shelton, had also considered a race for the state House, but decided against it, and independent candidate Jeffrey Judd also pulled out of the race earlier this year. Republican Bill Cody has already qualified to run in the Republican primary. The incumbent is Democrat Henry Fincher. Meanwhile, Zach "Papa" Bollen, who manages a Papa John's restaurant in Cookeville, has also picked up papers to run for city council. He becomes the eleventh potential candidate for that race, with nine who have returned qualifying papers thus far for the five seats on the council.