Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner announced Retirement

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Mike Turner

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner announced today that he will not seek reelection to the House District 51 seat.

“This is a hard place to quit but I will not be running this time around,” Turner said in a brief House floor speech.Turner, 59, who is has held the seat 14 years.

A Nashville firefighter by profession, Turner has said he is eyeing a run for Nashville mayor next year.

The current mayor, Karl Dean, cannot seek reelection because of Metro Nashville’s term limits.

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