Juvenile Court Judge Betty Adams Green says a David Smith campaign yard sign that currently sits in her front yard doesn’t mean she’s publicly supporting any candidate in Davidson County’s Juvenile Court Clerk election.
In recent days, a blue-and-yellow sign in support of Smith — a General Sessions Court officer who’s leading the fundraising battle — has popped up in front of Green’s East Nashville house. According to Green, the yard sign reflects the inclinations of her husband, not her.
“I don’t officially support him, but my husband can,” Green said. “Under the rules of judicial conduct, I can’t endorse a candidate or come out publicly in support of a candidate, and I agree with that.”
Green, rumored by many to be privately supporting Smith, hasn’t shied away from her frustrations while working with current clerk Vic Lineweaver since his arrival in 2002.
Despite her pledge to remain publicly neutral, Green said she “does have a right to an opinion.”
“I think we need to make a few changes in the way the office is run,” Green said. “Whether Vic can do that, I don’t know. He’s been in there for two straight terms and we’re still having problems.”
After a string of negative headlines over the past few years, the embattled Lineweaver is facing competition from a horde of candidates in the May 4 Democratic primary. Early voting began yesterday.
Besides Smith, other notable candidates include school board member Karen Johnson, Councilwoman Vivian Wilhoite and Councilman Eric Crafton, who is running as a Republican.
Green said there are “several candidates” in the crowded field who she said could implement needed changes.