Darren Jernigan endorses Larry Hagar for council seat
Michael Cass, June 5, 2014
Former Metro Councilman Darren Jernigan of Old Hickory has endorsed Larry Hagar in the three-man election to fulfill the last year of his council term.
“Larry has the knowledge, skill and most importantly the heart to represent Old Hickory and Hermitage for District 11 on the Metro Council and I will be voting for him in August,” Jernigan, now a state representative, wrote in a message to friends and supporters.
“He grew up in this area, graduating from McGavock High school. An attorney, married with three children and a dedicated community leader, makes him a great choice to sit on the Metro Council and represent our interest on what happens on this side of the river in Davidson County.”
Hagar is running against William Guthoerl – who unsuccessfully challenged Jernigan in 2011 – and Jared Throneberry in the election, which is scheduled for Aug. 7. District 11 voters will choose their council member for a full four-year term a year later, and this year’s winner would presumably have a leg up in that race.
Jernigan, a Democrat, resigned from his council seat in January to focus on his General Assembly role. He’s running for re-election this year against the Republican he beat two years ago, Jim Gotto (another former councilman), and said he’s gearing up for a June 21 campaign event at which U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper will be the special guest.