Rutherford County’s Last Democratic Officeholder Retiring

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — James M. “Mike” Williams won’t be the last Democrat standing in Rutherford County for long.
The 63-year-old road superintendent is the last Democrat to hold a local elected office here and plans to retire next August.
Williams told The Daily News Journal that part of his decision not to seek a sixth four-year term is that Republicans captured the other seven county constitutional offices as well as all six of the county’s delegation seats in the Tennessee General Assembly (http://on.dnj.com/syNQG3).
Williams considers himself a conservative Democrat and says if he did run again he would stick to his party because “I don’t feel you should jump parties to get elected.”

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