Rep. Kevin Brooks won’t seek reelection; running for Cleveland mayor instead

Longtime Cleveland, Tenn., Mayor Tom Rowland announced Thursday that he will not seek reelection to another term and endorsed state Rep. Kevin Brooks to succeed him, reports the Cleveland Daily Banner. Brooks announced he will not seek reelection to his House District 24 seat and will run for mayor.

“I feel the time has come for a new person to continue our progress and growth. I will not be seeking re-election this August,” Rowland declared.

“The decision was not made hastily,” he continued. “It was made with much prayer and the fact that someone has stepped forward who is uniquely qualified to continue the city’s progress.”

“I am excited that our State Rep. Kevin Brooks, a friend who shares our values, is stepping forward to make a total commitment to being mayor of ‘The City with Spirit,'” Rowland added.

“I have watched this young man through the years in various capacities in this community. His work on the state and national level, has been valuable to our progress here, and across the state. I could not think of a more qualified person to take the job and go forward with the progress of this great community,” Rowland said in praise of the mayoral contender.

“Without any hesitation, Sandra and I endorse Kevin and I ask my supporters and friends to support him as well,” Rowland said. “We will be the first to sign his petition tomorrow morning in the election commission office.”

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