Saturday, March 13, 2010

Shelton Decides Against Race For State Rep

The race for state representative in Putnam County is a bit more clear today. Cookeville city councilman Ricky Shelton, who had been considering a bid for the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent Democrat Henry Fincher, has decided against running. Shelton says he has received hundreds of calls and e-mails in support of his candidacy, but says the "timing is not right." Independent candidate Jeffrey Judd had earlier withdrawn from the race, which means that Cookeville resident Bill Cody will be seeking the Republican nod, while Fincher will run as a Democrat. In his announcement, Shelton said, quote, "whoever represents the 42nd District needs to have a clear mandate to help spur economic growth and strengthen the private sector’s ability to create new high-quality jobs. We must promote entrepreneurship and innovation so Tennessee can better compete rather than piling on more taxation, regulation, and litigation that kills jobs."