Juvenile Court Clerk candidates lining up early

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 10:22pm

Yard signs are being printed up. Campaign managers are being hired. Fish-fry fund-raisers are being planned weeks in advance.

The juvenile court clerk race is in full swing and the election isn’t even until next May.

Incumbent Juvenile Court Clerk Vic Lineweaver will face down a crowded field, including political veterans, a courthouse insider and an unknown newcomer when he vies for re-election next year.

Vying for Lineweaver’s seat are forensic toxicologist Jeff Brousal, School Board member Karen Johnson, court officer David Smith and Councilwoman Vivian Wilhoite.

The five candidates are trying to keep pace with one another in terms of fund raising, campaigning and generating name recognition, despite the fact that court officer races typically don’t generate much attention so long before an election.

“I think we’re just trying to get as much visibility as possible as far as name recognition is concerned," Wilhoite said. "I really have thought it’s quite earlier than you would expect.”

Smith said he was unsurprised to see so much work on the campaign, since he’s actually been forming his own candidacy since early 2008.

“We’re getting close to seven months away. I’m not really surprised simply because when I started, it was back in February of 2008,” Smith said. “I’m almost surprised there are not hot air balloons flying through the air, because I’ve had my mind [on it] for so long, I expected it to be this way.”

Lineweaver has been seen as vulnerable since 2007, when he was arrested on contempt of court charges for failing to produce needed juvenile court documents. An investigation by Channel 4 that same year showed Lineweaver out in front of his home in a bathrobe during normal work hours.


6 Comments on this post:

By: idgaf on 9/23/09 at 7:12

The problem is that with so many running they could divide the vote enough to let Vic back in.

IMO that position requires some expertise/experience/qualifications and should be an appointed postion not an elected one.

The problem with Vic was just that and he couldn't be removed from the fifedom short of criminal conviction or a recall.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 9/23/09 at 7:48

omg, id. i actually agree with you 100% on this one.

By: govskeptic on 9/23/09 at 9:13

The only problem with appointment is because that's
how we initially got Vic. Servicing as councilman when
the job came open they appointed him to fulfill the
term of the previous incompetent clerk.

The main thing for voters to know is this an administrative
job only. It has nothing to do with policy of the juvenile
court system. This office requires a great deal of extensive
record keeping. Dealing with the court's, parents/guardians, victim's and defendants in an administrator posture. Attending every political event, staying at home during working hours, or pretending that one is solving the problem of juvenile delinquency is not required nor should be tolerated by Davidson County citizens/voters!

By: Time for Truth on 9/23/09 at 12:10

id your point is well taken as far as multiple candidates helping the incumbent. It happens all the time, bad or unpopular incumbents sneaking back in on name recognition alone. The pay must be pretty good for so many people to want the job.

But are you sure you want to give Deano another appointment to fill? It should be an appointed position based on the job responsibilities but in Metro I don't see the advantages of doing it that way.

By: idgaf on 9/23/09 at 12:50

Hopefully dizzy dean will be a one termer.

By: sidneyames on 9/23/09 at 4:53

Will anyone and everyone who has never committed an infraction, please stand up? How many of you have told your spouse, kid or roomie to say "tell them I'm not here" and how many of you have "skipped" work for one reason or another? Nobody is perfect. And this is not a policy job, as was stated. It's an administrative, record keeping job. Every day in America, millions of records are kept in files, etc. And I bet as I'm writing this, at least one person is looking for a lost file - some where!