State Rep. to Make Mayoral Run

State Rep. Kent Williams, I-Elizabethton, announced today he will not seek a fifth term to instead run for Carter County Mayor next year, the Memphis Daily News reports. Williams, who unsuccessfully lobbied to have his right to run as a Republican restored by the state party after his contentious election to the House speaker post in 2009, said he will challenge the GOP nominee for mayor in next year's general election.