Durham Seeks Re-Election Despite Investigation

Posted at 8:17 PM, Apr 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-03 21:17:52-04

A state representative under investigation after allegations he sexually harassed staff members said he will run for re-election.

According to reports, Franklin Republican Jeremy Durham has filed candidacy paperwork with the Williamson County Election Commission.

Durham in January stepped down as majority whip and then withdrew from the House Republican caucus after a newspaper report said he sent post-midnight text messages asking two women working at the Legislature to send him pictures. He then went on a two-week hiatus from the General Assembly to seek medical and pastoral counseling.

A special House panel appointed by Speaker Beth Harwell named state Attorney General Herbert Slatery's office to head an investigation into Durham's behavior.

Harwell has not ruled out ouster proceedings against the lawmaker.

Durham has denied any wrongdoing.