CM Craddock will run for criminal court clerk

Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 6:25pm

Metro Councilman Michael Craddock, who represents parts of Madison, has filed qualifying papers to run in the Democratic primary for Davidson County criminal court clerk, announcing he would protect the taxpayer if elected.

“As a member of the Metro Council for the last six years, I have worked diligently to make sure that the taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely,” Craddock said in a written statement. “My commitment to being a good steward of our tax dollars and my management skills can best serve the people of our community by being the next criminal court clerk of Davidson County.”

David Torrence, who was first elected to the seat 1994, is the current criminal court clerk. His annual salary is $125,597. 

Also running for the office as an independent is James Baxter. The primary is set for May 4, with early voting beginning April 14. 

10 Comments on this post:

By: pswindle on 2/18/10 at 6:14

He is not a democrat.

By: concernedtaxpayer on 2/18/10 at 6:17

Why does it matter? He will be a good criminal court clerk. It is about time those that actually care about others money actually steps up and takes a stand. We would have a wonderful local, state, and federal government if we could keep attorneys and long time politicians out.

By: JohnR on 2/18/10 at 10:35

Yeah, what does it matter? I'm with concernedtaxpayer, I know he voted against the convention center and thats enough for me to vote for him right there.

Besides, how do you know that he is not a democrat unless you go into the voting booth with him.

pswindle must be Torrence's wife.

By: Anna3 on 2/19/10 at 2:50

Mr. Craddock has been doing a great job on the Metro Council and deserves the confidence of the public. In this field of candidates...he's got my vote. I know he cares about our money and can be trusted.

By: pswindle on 2/19/10 at 10:02

Why not be truthful and just run without telling a lie from the start.

By: 742180 on 2/19/10 at 10:48

Over the years there have been countless "local democrats" who on a national scale would look more like a republican. It's all but written, if you are going win local (Davidson County) office you must be a democrat. Sure that has changed over the years, but curiously enough it is a truism. Anyway, get over party affiliation and vote for the best candidate. Neither party cares anything about you, other than your vote. Ta Da!!

By: concernedtaxpayer on 2/19/10 at 3:28

Hopefully running as a democrat will not hurt him. Whether he runs republican, democrat, or independent, he is a well qualified candidate that actually cares for taxpayers. How many politicians do we have like that? Whatever party he wants to run as, he has my vote.

By: oldhickorytony on 2/19/10 at 3:36

It's easy for a bunch of whining Republicans to say what does it matter that this guy isn't a Democrat when it's article about how he's running for office as a Democrat in the Democrat Party primary.

You're right that Republicans don't win in Davidson County, but that's because Davidson County is thankfully a strong Democrat County. So we Democrats would be a whole lot better off, if all the so-called "local Democrats" such this guy were "outed."

Move to Hendersonville or Franklin if you don't like it.

By: Melstruck on 2/20/10 at 5:22

How, exactly, does voting against the convention center qualify Mr. Craddock to be a criminal court clerk? Just because you know someone's name, doesn't mean you should vote for them for any position! According to his profile on the Metro Council website, Mr. Craddock is a realtor. What qualifies him for this $125,597 Metro paid position? Is the current guy doing a bad job? I've not heard anything, which usually means he hasn't done anything wrong and he's been doing the job since 1994. Someone should get this job because he or she is qualified.

By: concernedtaxpayer on 2/23/10 at 4:49

oldhickorytony: Just to let you know I am not a Republican or Democrat. I am actually one of the few that uses common sense when it comes to electing an individual. When someone has proven to myself and the rest of the community that they use common sense and look out for the taxpayer, he or she has my vote. And let me guess, you live in the Brandywine neighborhood and involved with Dean and his cronies?

Melstruck: You are ignorant to even think that an individual would vote for someone just due to voting against the convention center. He is a realtor but if you want to put it that way, what qualified Dean for mayor just because he was an attorney? If citizens actually elected business minded individuals that actually focus on taxpayers, our local, state, and federal government would be better off. Also, why should the criminal court clerk even make over $100,000?