Henry Won't Seek Another Term As Commission Chairman As He "Strongly Considers" Race For Circuit Court Clerk; Skillern, Fields Considered To Be Contenders

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Fred Skillern, a candidate for County Commission chairman, right, speaks with fellow Commissioner Joe Graham and his children.
Fred Skillern, a candidate for County Commission chairman, right, speaks with fellow Commissioner Joe Graham and his children.

Larry Henry, who has served three straight terms as County Commission chairman, said he is not seeking the job this time around. 

Commissioner Henry said it was time for someone else to take the leadership posts.

Instead, he said he is "strongly considering" a race for Circuit Court clerk in the 2014 election.

He stated, "A lot of people were asking me to run for Circuit Court clerk before Paula Thompson announced that she was not running again. Since she made the announcement, a lot more have asked me to run.

"I am flattered and honored by the support and I am looking at this very closely. I will have an announcement very shortly."

Fred Skillern, who has served several terms as chairman, and Jim Fields, who has not, are considered contenders.

Commissioner Skillern said, "I am willing to serve if that is the wish of my fellow commissioners."

Commissioner Fields declined comment.

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