McFarland eyes Wilson mayoral election in 2010

From Post staff reports

There may yet be another candidate to toss his hat in the ring for Wilson County mayor.

Former Wilson County Emergency Management Agency Director Jerry McFarland and now a member of the Wilson County Commission has indicated that he is quietly exploring a candidacy for the post which is to be on the ballot next year.

Joining McFarland with an interest in the office are announced candidates State Sen. Mae Beavers and former Lebanon Mayor Don Fox, and one other who says at this time he is only considering entering the race, Lebanon Special School District Assistant Director Randall Hutto.

McFarland, who was selected by the County Commission some two months ago to replace the late Carolyn Thompson in District 5, said he has been asked by several to consider running for the county mayor job.

A retired colonel from the Tennessee Army National Guard and the former state director of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, McFarland is a native of Wilson County and currently resides on his family’s farm on Coles Ferry Pike.  Among the interests he cited in considering his candidacy, he said he believed Wilson County should direct more attention toward finding job opportunities for the immediate future.