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Thu October 17, 2013
Politics

Murfreesboro Mayor Bragg Will Not Seek Reelection in 2014

Murfreesboro Mayor Tommy Bragg
Murfreesboro Mayor Tommy Bragg
Credit City of Murfreesboro

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Murfreesboro Mayor Tommy Bragg has announced that he won’t seek reelection next year.

Bragg was first elected in 2002 and is well into his third four-year term.

Bragg is a Murfreesboro native and the son of long-time state legislator John Bragg who died in 2004.

Mayor Bragg led Murfreesboro through some tumultuous years. The economic downturn that began in 2008 brought the city’s rapid expansion to a grinding halt. But Murfreesboro rebounded quickly and in recent years has attracted a number of high-profile employers, including a new Amazon distribution facility that opened in the spring.

Bragg told the Tennessean that he's accomplished all the goals he had for the city when first elected.

He cited education as a major thrust of his efforts, including improving the city’s public schools and contributing to the expansion of Middle Tennessee State University.

Local businessman and City Council member Shane McFarland has already expressed interest in running for the mayor’s post next year.