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Bill Boner Announces His Candidacy For Nashville Mayor

March 11, 1987

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ U.S. Rep. Bill Boner, the subject of a two-year federal grand jury probe recently abandoned by prosecutors, announced Tuesday he is running for Nashville mayor.

Boner, 41, a Democrat who won his fifth term in the November election, said he wouldn’t give up his 5th District seat to wage the campaign.

Incumbent Richard Fulton is in his third term and is barred by law from seeking a fourth.

Also seeking the mayor’s office in the nonpartisan Aug. 6 election are Eddie Jones, former Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce executive vice president; Betty Nixon, a Metro Council member; and Gale Robinson, a former General Sessions judge.

Federal authorities earlier this month said the Justice Department had dropped a grand jury investigation of allegations that Boner used his office for personal financial gain.

Boner denied any wrongdoing throughout the probe and predicted all along he would not be indicted.

″I think that the outcome speaks for itself,″ Boner said of the probe.

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