Wilhoite joins juvenile court clerk race

Monday, April 27, 2009 at 10:36pm
Vivian Wilhoite

The already crowded field to replace Juvenile Court Clerk Vic Lineweaver got a little bit more crowded Monday when District 29 Metro Councilwoman Vivian Wilhoite confirmed she too will be entering the race.

The election won’t take place until summer 2010, but already four candidates have told The City Paper they intend to run. Besides Wilhoite, school board member Karen Johnson and court officer David Smith also said they intend to enter the race. Political no-name Jeff Brousal, a forensic toxicologist for the state of Tennessee Department of Agriculture, said he wants to run as well.

Wilhoite, a second term Metro Council member from the Antioch area, said her formal announcement will be coming soon. Wilhoite is actively involved with Mt. Zion Baptist Church and works for the Tennessee Regulatory Authority. She was rumored to be interested in the seat earlier this year.

“I’m running, I’ve already decided,” Wilhoite said. “I wanted to do a formal announcement, we’re just trying to make sure everything is in order. I’m looking forward to bringing my professional experience to the office of the juvenile court clerk.”

Lineweaver said after Johnson officially announced her intentions that he had no comment on the field forming to replace him. Some political observers believe a crowded field favors Lineweaver because of his name recognition.

Lineweaver was the subject of a WSMV Channel 4 exposé which showed him in his bathrobe during normal work hours. He was also found in contempt of court in 2007, because he failed to produce pertinent court documents.

8 Comments on this post:

By: idgaf on 4/28/09 at 6:44

The "problem" with so many running is we might wind up with Lineweaver again due to the divided oposition vote.

By: SRJ on 4/28/09 at 7:44


By: SRJ on 4/28/09 at 7:51

I agree 100%. This crowded field is going to give Mr. Lineweaver the edge. He has to be breathing a sigh of relief.

By: govskeptic on 4/28/09 at 8:24

This office has had two incompents in a row serving, this lady in the office would just continue that. It amazes me that being elected to 1 office makes so many think they are qualified for any office. That seems especially true for those working for Metro or the state as this lady does. Lineweaver is another joke spun out of the council that does a disservice to all of metro in an important job!

By: SirKnight on 4/28/09 at 11:47

I sincerely hope we can rally behind ONE strong candidate this year and stop Vic from running his perennial year-round campaign for this office!!

Maybe he can then focus on working a real job like he had at Bellevue Patrol.

By: Truth_1 on 4/28/09 at 1:55

I am really happy to hear about this announcement. Vivian is a great person and someone who has a heart for Juveniles in Nashville. I know she will do a great job as Juvenile Court Clerk

By: SRJ on 4/28/09 at 2:34

It is amazing to me that the average person does not realize what the Juvenile Court Clerk actually does. I keep reading comments about (this person) or (that person) who want this position to help the children. The Juvenile Court Clerk is in charge of record keeping period. The Clerk is not involed in the decision making process concerning children. Matters of that nature are decided by Juvenile Court Judges and Referees, not the Clerk. The reason that Mr. Lineweaver found himself in such hotwater, is that he could not produce records that were under his care and control. So, let us take a moment and think before we vote. We need a person who has good communication & organizational skills. Not to mention, a person who will actually show up for work.

By: govskeptic on 4/28/09 at 6:57

SRJ: You are so right. This office requirement needs and the citizens using this office deserve a strong administrator. This is not a social working position nor one for B S'ing and political gameship, but hard working progressive leadership.