State Representative Gary Moore, a Nashville Democrat, won’t run for re-election this fall.
Moore was recently elected president of the Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council.
He’s one of two members of the Firefighter’s Union to serve in the House. The other is Nashville’s Mike Turner, House Democratic Caucus Chair, who grimaced as he acknowledged losing another Democrat from his hard-pressed minority party.
“We kinda saw it coming, even though he didn’t make his mind up ’til late. But he’s just got a lot to do at the AFL-CIO, and I think …he just had to lessen his load, I guess.”
Moore served eight years in the House. He becomes the seventh Democratic House member to retire this year, following the Republican-controlled redistricting earlier this year. Four Democratic senators are also retiring.
Metro Councilman Bo Mitchell filed papers today to run for the district being given up by Moore. Mitchell is a Democrat.
Meanwhile on the Republican side one senator and four House members are stepping down. Two other House reps are running for state Senate seats.