After Darren Jernigan defeated him by just
160 95 votes last year, Jim Gotto is back for a sequel.
The former Republican state representative announced Tuesday that he will be a candidate for his old state House seat in District 60 next year.
From his release:
“I am running because I believe the citizens of Donelson, Hermitage and Old Hickory need conservative leadership that will remain focused on creating an environment for economic growth and further maintain fiscal sanity in state government,” said Gotto. “I am eager to once again partner with Speaker Harwell and Governor Haslam on the progress that has already been made.
“It was an honor to serve previously in the state legislature and metro council, but I know we still have a lot to accomplish. I appreciate the outpouring of support and encouragement to return to public service. I’m ready to get back to work; and to talk about how we can get our community working again as well.”
Gotto, who is also a former member of the Metro Council, most recently served on the Davidson County Election Commission, but only lasted little more than a month before resigning at a contentious meeting after the firing of then-administrator of elections Albert Tieche.
(Note: This post has been updated to reflect that Gotto lost by 95 votes, not 160.)