State Rep. Eric Watson, R-Cleveland, wants to trade his legislative ID for a different kind of badge: He's running for sheriff.
Watson said at a luncheon today in Cleveland that he will not seek reelection to the House District 22 seat he's held since 2006 and instead will challenge incumbent Jim Ruth in the May 2014 Republican primary.
"I'm proud of my accomplishments in Nashville, but I will not seek another term," Watson said. "More and more, I've realized we have problems closer to home -- problems that cannot be properly addressed from Nashville. ...
"Communities can't grow if citizens feel unsafe in their homes or worry about the welfare of their families. Now, more than ever, Bradley County needs a strong, energized sheriff who has earned the trust of his deputies and will focus on moving our sheriff's office forward. It is time to provide a stable work environment for those employees, while providing a consistent high level of service to our community."