Candidates line up for run at county clerk position

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 12:27pm
Staff reports

With John Arriola no longer occupying the county clerk’s office, let the deluge begin.

While the Metro Council will appoint an interim clerk in August, the office will appear on the November ballot and candidates are beginning to line up for the spot.

Brenda Wynn, U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper’s director of community outreach, and former Metro Councilman Sam Coleman have submitted their names to the Davidson County Democratic Party, which has scheduled a special meeting on Monday, July 9, at 7 p.m. to name their candidate for the November ballot. The meeting will be held at the United Steelworkers Union Hall and is open to the public.

The party’s deadline for accepting nominations is July 7. Letters of intent should be mailed or delivered to Richard Exton, the chair of the Davidson County Democratic Party executive committee.

Additionally, Wynn submitted a letter to members of the Metro Council on Wednesday, signed by more than 300 women, seeking the interim appointment.

7 Comments on this post:

By: whitetrash on 6/29/12 at 4:02

Will Sam Coleman please go away? This man lingers around almost as much as Eric Crafton.

By: girliegirl on 6/29/12 at 9:50

Clearly this is a "lucrative" position. Question is: should it be....and why do gov't jobs and their perks exceed private business?

By: pswindle on 6/29/12 at 12:16

This pratice has been going on for years, and Charlie Tygard decided it wants the job and John has to go.

By: WayneR on 6/29/12 at 2:57

PS> This pratice has been going on for years, and Charlie Tygard decided it wants the job and John has to go.

Council-At-Large Charlie Tygard led the charge to oust John Arriola from office. Now Councilman Tygard is lobbying to have his fellow council people vote him into the Clerk's office. Mister ethics himself.

This is the same "Mr. Ethics" Charlie Tygard who funneled $10K dollars of taxpayer money to the Bellevue Exchange Club when he was, and still may be, the club treasurer?

To quote The Enclave:

> Here is the list of tax dollars to non-profit organizations that Mr. Tygard leveraged (all were approved by the Metro Council with no debate--with the exception to the Bellevue Exchange Club request, which was delayed for several months after Metro Finance learned that Mr. Tygard was an officer of the club--and signed by the Mayor):

$1,000 to the YMCA
$10,000 to the Bellevue Exchange Club

Just what we need to fill the Clerk's office after the recent history of David Torrence and John Arriola.

Mr. Ethics, indeed.


By: govskeptic on 6/29/12 at 2:59

It will be a very short appointment as the selected one will have to run
for the office in Nov. Of course, the Democratic Party and their Union
allies want to make a selection right now and push that nominee on
the Council to be selected! The last 2 in this office have left under a
cloud of suspicion, let us hope a competent and honorable person can
take over and serve with distinction in a very busy office!

By: Ask01 on 6/30/12 at 8:48

In my opinion, govskeptic, in today's climate, the best voters can ever hope for is to elect the lesser evil.

It is funny how, using this method, it seems even when a crooked politician is driven from office, they leave behind such a stench, having so soiled their nest, only another of the same ilk would likely seek to follow in their wake.

The scathing, invasive, instrusive examination foisted upon those elected necessitated by the grievious misdeeds of predecessors is enough to make most decent, honest people reluctant to even consider seeking office.

By: budlight on 7/3/12 at 8:19

Actually many people support and respect Mr. Coleman. He is not someone who has been surrounded with scandel or negative press. He is honest, hard working and even though he does not always vote the way I would like, he still has given his constitutients a voice in the process. He's got my vote.