Council to pick Arriola's interim successor as Davidson Co. Clerk

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 9:59am

The Metro Council will choose between the Democratic Party’s nominee and a well-known council colleague Tuesday as it selects an interim Davidson County Clerk to replace John Arriola, who resigned in June.

Brenda Wynn, a former U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper aide, is the heavy favorite to secure the council appointment Tuesday after the Democratic Party’s Executive Committee voted last month to place her on the November ballot. Three others are vying for the interim position, including conservative At-large Councilman Charlie Tygard.

The council is set to select an interim Tuesday to serve a three-month clerk stint until Davidson County voters pick a full-time clerk on Election Day Nov. 6.

The premature exit of Arriola in June occurred to close to August’s party primaries to place clerk candidates on primary ballots. The Davidson County Democratic Executive Committee last month went ahead and voted Wynn as its nominee, which is expected to give Wynn an edge in claiming the special appointment in the Democrat-heavy council.

“I’ve served the public for years, and the citizens of Davidson County need to know they can trust their elected officials,” Wynn, who previously served as Mayor Bill Purcell’s Office of Neighborhoods director, said following her nomination victory last month.

Wynn’s main competition Tuesday is likely Tygard, who emerged as Arriola’s leading critic after a NewsChannel5 report revealed the clerk had collected $40 wedding fees from couples after conducting their marriage ceremonies.

Other county clerk special-appointment candidates are businessman Kenneth Eaton and perennial office-seeker James Baxter, who last week lost the Democratic nomination for state Senate District 20 to attorney Phillip North.

1 Comment on this post:

By: bfra on 8/7/12 at 1:43

Why is the council sticking their nose in this? Doesn't the Metro charter read for the next in line to take charge in the absence of the clerk?