Rutherford County Commission Votes to End Partisanship

The Rutherford County Commission voted 12-8 last night to ask the Republican and Democrat parties not to hold primaries for 21 commission seats in 2014. Commissioner Jeff Jordan called for the resolution asking the parties to stay out of commission elections. Commissioner Robert Stevens of Smyrna joined the eight in the minority vote who opposed asking his fellow Republicans in particular to change their minds about holding a primary for commission seats May 6 to nominate candidates for the Aug. 7 county general election.“It’s not our decision,” said Stevens, an attorney who noted that state law gives political parties the option to hold primaries to nominate candidates for the commission. “It’s not our place.” The Daily News Journal has the story.