Former school board members seek council seats

Friday, November 12, 2010 at 4:32pm

One former Metro school board member is already campaigning for a Metro Council seat, and another ex-board member is said to be eyeing a run.

Steve Glover, a one-term school board representative who chose not to run for re-election in August, told The City Paper recently he intends to file paperwork in the coming months to run for the District 12 council seat, confirming what many observers already knew.

Meanwhile, according to multiple sources, Karen Johnson, who also declined to run for re-election on the board in August, has been telling politicos she’s leaning towards running for the council’s District 29.

The City Paper could not reach Johnson for comment despite several attempts over the past week via phone calls and e-mails, as well as a message left on Johnson’s Facebook account.

Johnson ran for the same Antioch-area seat in 2003, but lost to rival Vivian Wilhoite, who holds the seat today but is term-limited. In May, Johnson –– along with several other candidates, including Wilhoite –– lost to David Smith in the Democratic primary for the Davidson County Juvenile Court clerk’s office.

Glover, who recently served as the board’s budget and finance chairman, filed necessary paperwork in the spring to appoint a treasurer for his campaign. He’s hoping to fill the Donelson-Hermitage-area seat vacated by Councilman Jim Gotto, whose term will expire in August. Last week, Gotto, a Republican, won his race to become a state House representative, filling the seat held by retiring Democratic state Rep. Ben West Jr.

“There’s a lot of challenges that we face as we move forward,” Glover said. “Not only in this nation, not only in this state, but also in the city. I just think we need strong leadership to be fiscally responsible to the taxpayers’ dollars.”

Glover said Gotto has “done a very good job,” adding the councilman has “been responsive to the citizens of the 12th district. They came out to support him in his race for the House.”

The general election is in August 2011.



2 Comments on this post:

By: girliegirl on 11/15/10 at 8:23

Karen! You need to run for this seat!!!! I TOLD you have the drive and ambition to do that job! Besides....girls do a better job as Council Members. :)

By: nashpar on 11/15/10 at 9:13

Karen, you need to run! Saw you volunteering on ABC extreme makeover last night for lighthouse christian school!