Rep. Womick won’t seek reelection; endorses political ally

State Rep. Rick Womick tells the Daily News Journal he will retire after his two-year term ends this year and will not seek reelection, reports the Daily News Journal. He’s endorsing a successor against an already-announced challenger.

“First and foremost, I want to spend more time with my wife and my children,” the Republican lawmaker said during a Monday phone interview. “My parents are also getting older. I just need to be spending more time with my family. And, secondly, I need to step aside and let somebody else serve.”

Womick resides in Rutherford County’s Rockvale community southwest of Murfreesboro and has represented Tennessee House District 34 since winning the seat in 2010 to succeed former state Rep. Donna Rowland, a fellow Republican who retired that year.

…”It’s time for me to step aside and let somebody else serve,” said Womick, who made news in 2015 by suggesting that Republican Gov. Bill Haslam be impeached for not challenging the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling that made same-sex marriage legal.

…When it comes to his successor, Womick said he supports fellow Republican Tim Rudd to be the next Republican to serve District 34.

“Tim’s a good conservative, and I know what he believes in,” Womick said. “He will fill my shoes very well.”

Rudd served as Womick’s campaign manager for an initial unsuccessful run in 2008 as the Republican nominee against former Democratic state Rep. Kent Coleman of Murfreesboro. Rudd also served as a campaign consultant for Womick’s successful elections in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

Note: Murfreesboro attorney Jimmy Turner had previously declared his candidacy for the seat, saying he would run whether Womick or Rudd was his opponent.
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