Has Held Office
Ever Since 1990
BY O.J. EARLY
Alan Broyles, Greene County's chief executive official for 20 of the last 24 years, will not seek re-election in 2014.
Mayor Broyles, 65, made his announcement Monday night at the monthly meeting of the Greene County Republican Party, held at the County Courthouse. He stated no specific reasons for his decision.
Broyles told The Greeneville Sun in a short interview this morning that he is ready for a "slow-down," but said there are no other major reasons for his decision to not seek re-election.
"During all my campaigns, I said that I would strive for fairness, quality and equality for all citizens," he said Monday night at the Republican Party meeting. "I've tried my hardest to do that."
"This position of county mayor has afforded me many opportunities and experiences that I never expected. I have really enjoyed serving Greene County and representing you across the state," he said at the meeting.
"I have dined with foreign dignitaries, I have had dinner with governors, and I'll have to admit that, sometimes, I felt like a brown shoe in a room full of tuxedos," he added with a laugh.
"It's time for me to turn to the next chapter, not close the book," he said.
Broyles and his wife, Peggy, have a large farm near the county's western tip.
County Commissioner and Greeneville Police Detective Lt. David Crum, a Republican, is so far the only person to formally enter the race for county mayor.
Broyles, a native of Greene County and a resident of Warrensburg, first entered politics in the early 1980s. He was then a teacher and coach in the Greene County School System, as well as a farmer.
He was elected to the County Commission in 1982 and re-elected in1986. He ran unsuccessfully for the state House of Representatives in 1986 and 1988.
Broyles won his first countywide race in 1990, when he was a candidate for the office of county executive: the previous title for the position now known as county mayor.
He was re-elected to that post in 1994 and in 1998, before losing a tight race in 2002 to then-County Commissioner and county educator Roger Jones, a Democrat.
In 2006, Broyles chose to run again for the position that was by then known as county mayor. This time, he defeated Jones, who returned to the county school system and went on to serve as county school board member and then board chairman.
Broyles' last strong opponent for the county mayor position was then-County Commissioner Kevin Morrison, 41, a fellow Republican, who was a self-employed farmer and a former pharmaceutical representative.
Broyles bested his younger opponent in the 2010 GOP primary, earning more than 56 percent of the vote.
The qualifying deadline for the May 6 County Primary Election is noon, Feb. 20.