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Jerry Cooper won't run for county exec
Former state senator ends speculation
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There are 11 potential candidates eyeing a run for county executive. Former state Sen. Jerry Cooper is not one of them.
The longtime lawmaker put rumors to rest this week when he publicly announced he will not be seeking the office of county executive or any other office. Recent rumors had put Cooper in the large field of potential candidates.
“I’m not running for anything,” Cooper said when called Monday. “I’ve put in my time.”
Cooper has been retired from politics since leaving the Tennessee Senate in 2008. He served over 20 years in the office.
“Back when I was in the state Senate, I served several counties so I pretty well stayed out of local politics,” Cooper said.
Cooper said it is no surprise his name was bantered around given the upcoming race. Incumbent County Executive John Pelham has announced he will not run for re-election, leaving the office wide open.
“I’m humbled people think about me at election time,” Cooper said. “But I spent 26 years away from my family. I want to spend time with them now.”
Presently there are four candidates who have qualified to run for county executive. They include Herschel Wells Sr., Jonathan A. Ferrell, Kenneth Rogers and Hackett Lee Lance.
Those who have picked up qualifying papers but who have not yet qualified include Elbert Trent Anderson, David H. Hill, Mike Neal, Billy D. Orr, John Raymond Shields, Blaine Wilcher, and Jeff Bottoms. Kristopher Gore has also picked up papers, but intends to run for 43rd District state representative instead.