Though he says he’s been a candidate for three weeks now, Metro Councilman Jim Gotto confirmed to the City Paper he’s running as a Republican for the state house district 60 seat currently held by state Rep. Ben West Jr.
West, who has held the seat representing parts of eastern Davidson County for more than two decades, announced this week he intends to step down when his term concludes in November.
Gotto, the Council representative for parts of Hermitage, said he would likely issue an official statement on Monday, but has been knocking and doors and making his candidacy known to voters for a few weeks now.
Earlier this month, the 60-year-old Gotto appointed a treasurer, an indication that he would likely make a run.
Gotto said he decided to enter his name not to target West, but because he thought he would be a good fit for the seat.