BY KRISTEN BUCKLES
Long-time Greene County Trustee Dan Walker announced on Monday that he will not run for re-election to the post in 2014, while Tusculum Chief of Police Danny Greene will run for Sheriff.
Road Superintendent David Weems also announced his candidacy for re-election.
The announcements came during Monday's monthly meeting of the Greene County Republican Party, during which County Commissioner Nathan Holt again announced his candidacy for the countywide Trustee position.
Holt represents the sixth district, which includes Mt. Pleasant, Mosheim, Mosheim Corporation, Mt. Carmel and Midway. He has served one term on the County Commission.
Walker has served as trustee since 1986.
"I appreciate all the support I've received over the years," Walker said. "I will not be a candidate for trustee in next year's election."
He thanked everyone for his or her friendship, noting how it was expressed while he was recovering five years ago from serious burns suffered in a farm accident.
"Life can throw you a curve every once in a while, but the friends you make along the way are what makes it good. Thank you for everything," he concluded.
In new announcements, Danny Greene announced his candidacy to run in the Republican primary against current-Sheriff Steve Burns.
Burns again announced that he will run for re-election.
This was the first public forum in which Road Superintendent Weems has announced he will run for a third term.
He took to the podium to remind the crowd of the work he led the department in conducting during the 2011 tornado recovery, as well as a recent difficult winter and the heavy spring rains.
"I just want you to know all the dedication I've got," Weems said. "It's not a 40-hour week."
Kevin Swatsell, a long-time TDOT employee, re-announced his intention to run against Weems in the primary.
County Commissioner Robin Quillen also announced her intention to run for re-election in the third County Commission district, including the precincts of Tusculum North, Tusculum South, Tusculum Corporation, Tusculum View and East View.
Others who repeated prior announcements of their intention to run for office included:
* Dan Armstrong for district attorney general for the Third Judicial District;
* Ed Kershaw for district attorney general for the Third Judicial District;
* Joy Rader for Register of Deeds; and,
* Mike Musick for sixth district constable.
Finally, the party heard from Circuit Court Clerk Pam Venerable, who described her office's responsibility in keeping records for the circuit, criminal, sessions and juvenile courts.
Many members praised Venerable's office for the staff members' careful and detailed work.
In other business, Chairman Brett Purgason said that he would like the party to consider formal memberships that would involve verification of being registered as a Republican with the Election Commission and an oath of affirmation.
He said that he will open the topic for discussion and a vote in January.