The hotly contested Juvenile Court clerk race has hit the airwaves, with incumbent Vic Lineweaver and challenger David Smith both purchasing television ad time in the waning days leading up to the primary election on May 4.
Lineweaver’s commercial features a retired schoolteacher urging “fellow taxpayers” to “keep Vic Lineweaver as Juvenile Court clerk.” The woman goes on to tell viewers to vote for Lineweaver if they’re “sick and tired of the agenda of the big-government waste and the good-ol’-boy system.”
Only at the end of the television spot does Lineweaver make an appearance, telling Nashvillians he would appreciate their vote.
A Lineweaver campaign staffer declined to disclose the cost of the ad buy.
Smith, who has financially out raised his opponents with help from personal donations, paid $31,000 to run four separate 15-second ads, which are airing on WSMV-Channel 4 and WTVF-Channel 5. According to Smith’s campaign manager Krissa Barclay, the ads will air for two weeks.
Each of Smith’s four ads touch on different themes — restoring integrity to the office, knowledge of the court system, a leader with integrity and crime/public safety. They all end with his campaign slogan: “David Smith: A clerk who will work.”
Lineweaver, who’s endured a string of negative headlines in recent years, is facing a horde of candidates in the Democratic primary as he seeks a third term. Early voting began April 14. Winners of the Democratic and Republican primaries will square off in August.
When contacted by The City Paper, Councilwoman Vivian Wilhoite, another leading contender in the race, said she is still weighing whether to buy commercial time. In the meantime, she said her ads are “hitting the streets” as she travels across Davidson County to meet voters.