State Rep. Durham seeks re-election despite investigation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A state representative under investigation after allegations he sexually harassed staff members says he will run for re-election.

The Tennessean 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 The Tennessean newspaper reported that 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.

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