Two-term Murfreesboro City Council Member Shane McFarland announced today he will run for Mayor in 2014, citing economic development, orderly growth and building an even better quality of life as his top priorities.
“Economic development has gotten so competitive. For Murfreesboro to compete in the current economic climate, we have to be aggressive, progressive and thoughtful. I am a husband, father to three young boys and a small business owner. I am personally committed to making Murfreesboro a business-friendly city, the benefits of which are good, quality job creation and lower taxes,” McFarland said.
As a former member of the Parks and Recreation, Cultural Arts, and Planning commissions, McFarland understands the importance of making Murfreesboro one of America’s most livable cities. “Murfreesboro has a lot to offer. It is a great place to live, raise a family, or enjoy in retirement. We have an outstanding quality of life, and that’s why so many new residents now call it home,” he said.
McFarland, an MTSU graduate and former Student Government Association President, began Shane McFarland Construction in 2008. The local company employs a staff of five. He is vice chair of the Master Custom Builders Council. “I know about making payroll and the struggles of small businesses. I’ve had to be fiscally responsible and conservative, doing more with less – principles I’ve applied to serving on the City Council,” he said.
Murfreesboro has not had a property tax increase in 15 years, an accomplishment McFarland credits to the City’s retail venues, tourism and recreational offerings. “We rely on our property tax revenue less, as our sales tax base grows. Lower tax rates are a key factor in recruiting business,” he said.
McFarland helped initiate the City’s customer service program, which is not only business friendly, but helpful to City residents, as well. “The Council, working together as a team, implemented customer service training and performance measures to improve the level of service residents and business experience when dealing with our municipality.
“I am grateful for the privilege of serving on the Murfreesboro City Council. As Mayor, I will work to build a team, involving the Council; federal, state and local officials; the Chamber of Commerce; and residents, seeking their direction on the challenges and opportunities facing Murfreesboro.”
McFarland serves on the Pension and Golf commissions and is president of the Linebaugh (library) Foundation board. He is a past Discovery Center and Special Kids board member and Noon Rotary secretary. McFarland is a founding board member and treasurer of the Murfreesboro Half Marathon and coaches his sons’ baseball team. McFarland, his wife Ashley, and their three boys reside in Murfreesboro. The McFarlands attend World Outreach Church.