State Sen. Jim Summerville of Dickson says he plans to introduce a bill to abolish affirmative action in Tennessee when the legislature convenes in January. According to a report in The Robertson County Times, the 25th District Republican told the Robertson County Republican Party on Saturday that affirmative action laws which give preferential treatment to minorities in college admissions, government contract awards and other areas are no longer needed. Summerville, who also last week announced he will seek a second term in 2014, said he wants to “level the playing field” and even though he believes courts will eventually strike down affirmative action, he plans to move ahead with a bill in this session. After losing his chairmanship of the Senate’s Higher Education Subcommittee over comments he made regarding the legislature’s Black Caucus, Summerville said he fully expects to be called “racist” and experience backlash from the proposal. Summerville was elected to the 25th District seat in 2010, unseating 10-year incumbent Democrat Doug Jackson. Under the new district lines, the 25th District now includes Dickson, Cheatham, Hickman, Humphreys and Robertson counties. The new plan paired Summerville with Republican Kerry Roberts of Springfield, whose term expired in November. Roberts reportedly is preparing to run for the seat again in 2014. Summerville said he will seek re-election in two years but is limiting himself to one more four-year term.