With the Nov. 3 general election barely behind us, at least one local official says he’s already eyeing a run for office in 2022.
Sumner County Assessor of Property John Isbell announced he’s running for county mayor on his Facebook page on Oct. 2.
“While I have enjoyed my tenure serving the citizens of Sumner County, it has long been my aspiration to lead Sumner County through this period of unprecedented growth and prosperity that is currently shadowed by political uncertainty,” said Isbell. “In 2022, the mayor’s seat will be open and I am confident the Democrats will be eyeing this seat to regain political control of this county.”
The county’s assessor of property since 2004, Isbell was elected to a fifth term in August. He previously sought the office of county executive when he ran against incumbent Anthony Holt and District 6 County Commissioner Jim Vaughn in the Republican primary on May 1, 2018.
In that race, Isbell garnered 28 percent of the vote to Holt’s 38 percent and Vaughn’s 33.7 percent. Holt, who has held the position since 2008, ran unopposed in the August general election that year.
County commissioners voted to change the title of county executive to county mayor following that election.
When reached by phone late last week, Isbell said he wanted to let people know of his intentions because several people had asked if planned to run. He added he hoped to kick off his campaign later this month or in early December.
Isbell, 56, said he spoke with Holt who told him he’s not seeking re-election.
“It’s going to be an open seat and I expect there to be a lot of interest,” he said. “I wanted to energize my base and get everything going.”
Key issues in the next county election are expected to be growth, county taxes, and continuing to have a strong educational system in order to attract businesses, he added.
2022 will also see all 24 county commission seats on the ballot as well as many of the county’s constitutional officers like Road Superintendent, Register of Deeds, Sheriff, Trustee and County Clerk.
When reached on Friday, Holt said he’s still weighing his decision about whether or not to run again. Vaughn, a retired Hendersonville police department detective, could not be reached for comment.
Former longtime at-large Gallatin City Councilman Ed Mayberry has previously said he was actively exploring a potential bid for Sumner County Mayor if Holt chose not to run again in 2022. Mayberry could not be reached for comment.