Andy Ogles nominated as GOP candidate for Maury County mayor

Andy Ogles, the former Americans for Prosperity director for Tennessee who briefly launched a campaign for the U.S. Senate last year, was nominated to become Maury County mayor at a county GOP convention Saturday, reports the Columbia Daily Herald. Three other candidates for the office are running as independents.

Ogles was planning to challenge U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., for his seat until Corker announced he was not running. When U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn announced her candidacy, Ogles withdrew and supported her.

“Maury County faces major fiscal issues in the coming years, and I think I am the candidate to solve them,” Ogles told The Daily Herald moments after his nomination.

Ogles was nominated by state Rep. Sheila Butt, R-Columbia. He will face at least three candidates in the Aug. 2 general election, County Mayor Charlie Norman, County Commissioner Sonny Shackleford and U.S. Army veteran Amanda Kelton.

Known as a conservative activist, Ogles most recently was the head of Americans For Prosperity in Tennessee. He lives in Culleoka.

…Norman, Sheriff Bucky Rowland and County Clerk Joey Allen, declined to participate and will run for re-election with no party affiliation.

The local GOP chose candidates for the general election for the first time with a nominating convention. County residents who voted in three of the previous four GOP primaries were eligible to participate. Instead of paying $35,000 for a primary, the GOP picked candidates with a show of hands at the Memorial Building in Columbia.

A state-record 122 voters turned out for the convention, Chairman Scott Cepicky said.

If incumbents had sought the nomination and the right to put “R” next to their name on the Aug. 2 ballot, the candidate would have been ineligible to pursue the office as an independent.

…Cepicky said a nominating convention allows voters to choose candidates with similiar political values.

…“He is distinguished and he helped with some of the problems we’ve had [in county government] in the last four years.”

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