Contested GOP primary develops in House District 61 (held by retiring Sargent)

Williamson County Commissioner Jeff Ford announced Wednesday he will seek the Republican nomination in House District 61, where veteran Rep. Charles Sargent has announced he will not seek reelection next year.

He joins Rebecca Burke, a state GOP executive committee member, in the primary. Burke declared herself a candidate prior to Sargent’s retirement announcement. (Previous post HERE.)

Further from The Tennessean:

“With the retirement of Rep. Sargent, Williamson County needs representation by an experienced, conservative leader who has a track record of promoting and supporting business growth and excellence in education,” Ford said.

Ford, 59, said he wanted to run out of concern on the impact that state policies have on the area and his desire for more local flexibility. He also would like to see Mack Hatcher Parkway completed, along with other road expansion projects on Franklin Road.      

“Here in Williamson County we are the economic engine that supports Tennessee,” he said. “Our business community leads Tennessee in innovation and job creation. Our school systems are the best in the state. We consistently rank as one of the top places in the country to live and retire.”

Ford has lived in Williamson County for 23 years… He is a sales representative for a software company in the workers compensation’ insurance industry. He has three children, who all attended Williamson County Schools.

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