WILLIAMSON COUNTY -- Retiring after 34 years behind the camera as a meteorologist at WSIL-TV 3, Jim Rasor is already looking for a new job.
Rasor announced his candidacy on Saturday evening during a gathering of family and friends at the Kokopelli Golf Club in Marion.
"This is something I've thought about for a very long time," said Rasor on Monday afternoon. "I had a good, strong career at WSIL and it was a bit of an internal struggle on whether it was time to step away."
Rasor said his decision came following a discussion with a respected friend about changes he felt are needed in county government.
"I felt like somebody has to step up," he said.
Rasor said he also realizes that he has a lot to learn.
"I have a full year now to just listen," he said, noting that he has no other commitments. "I plan to a whole of listening and learning. If I'm fortunate enough to be elected, I can step in and make a difference."
"Recruiting and supporting quality candidates for public office continues to be a high priority of the Williamson County Republican Party," said party chairman Jeff Diederich. "The addition of Jim Rasor as candidate for Williamson County Commissioner continues this effort. We are proud that candidates like Jim continue to make the conscious decision to run for public office."
Rasor's announcement ended weeks of speculation on who would fill the open spot on the party roster for the upcoming primary election, set for June 28, 2022.