Metro Councilman Eric Crafton and former At-large Councilman Buck Dozier are among the candidates who have applied to be the next Davidson County Elections Administrator.
In all, 55 individuals, according to a spreadsheet complied by the election commission staff, have thrown their hat in the ring to replace outgoing administrator Ray Barrett, who is set to step down by the end of the year.
The most intriguing names are Crafton, known best for his unsuccessful English-only push two years ago and his failed run at Juvenile Court Clerk in August, along with Dozier, who lost a bid for mayor in 2007 and currently serves as executive director of the Tennessee State Fair. With the fairgrounds scheduled to close at the end of the year, Dozier will be jobless.
Election Commission chair Lynn Greer said all five commissioners are to turn in their final three candidate recommendations by next Monday. Greer said he does not know if a new administrator will be hired before or after the Nov. 2 election.
The commission recently flipped from a Democratic majority to a Republican one; three Republicans and two Democrats serve on the board. The recent Republican swing appears to have inspired more Republicans to apply for the administrator position.
The new elections administrator is to begin with a base salary between $65,000 and $85,000. If the administrator later passes a certification test, the salary would be bumped up to more than $100,000 a year.