Tuesday (tomorrow, 4/17/12) is election day for three Murfreesboro city council seats and four city school board posts. Each pricinct opens at 7:00 o'clock in the morning and continues until 7:00 at night. When the polls close, WGNS' sixty-fifth year of election coverage begins "live" from the Rutherford County Election Commission office, where the votes are being tabulated.
Those running for City of Murfreesboro positions include:
City Council (you can vote for 3)
EDDIE L. SMOTHERMAN
RICKY R. TURNER
City School Board (you can vote for 4)
WILLIAM (ANDY) BROWN
And this will not be the only city school board election this year for Murfreesboro. With the results of the 2010 census, the city has grown to a point to be included in a law that determines how "open positions" in elected city offices can be filled.
The Murfreesboro City Council filled two vacancies with the appointments of Collier Smith on Sept. 29, 2011 and Nancy Rainier on Jan. 12, 2012. Under past practice, persons appointed to fill vacancies served out the duration of the term. For both the Smith and Rainier appointments, this would have been through 2014.
Under an unusual, population-based, State law (T.C.A. 6-53-106), that became applicable to Murfreesboro with the 2010 Census figures, appointments to vacant School Board positions are deemed interim and an election must be held. WGNS News will keep you informed.