State Sen. David Fowler, R-Signal Mountain, announced today that he will not seek a fourth term this year in the Tennessee General Assembly and will withdraw his name from the ballot next month.
After much struggle and prayer over the last year about whether to offer myself for another term, it has become clear to me over the last few weeks that it is time for me to conclude my service in the General Assembly, he said in a statement. When I first ran, I had said that two or three terms should be long enough, and it is.
Sen. Fowler, 47, who is chairman of the Hamilton County Legislative Delegation, has served in the General Assembly for 12 years. He was re-elected without opposition in 1998 and again in 2002.
Bobby Wood, chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party, said that the qualifying deadline, currently set for April 6, could be extended to April 20 if no one has qualified by the current deadline and Sen. Fowler does not withdraw until that time.