Metro voters ratify Charter amendments, easily elect Wynn for clerk

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 2:23am

Apparently, Davidson County voters care a lot about whether or not the Metro Public Works director has an engineering degree.

Voters passed four of the five proposed amendments to the Metro Charter on Tuesday’s ballots with wide margins, which itself seems a little odd when it comes to Charter amendments. 

As it turned out, however, the second proposed Charter amendment on the ballot drew a close final vote, passing with 103,297 votes for to 102,793 votes against removing the requirement that the public works director be a licensed engineer.

Before Tuesday, the amendment that appeared would be the most scrutinized was one proposed by the Metro Department of Law meant to specify the duties and obligations of the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office. The amendment (third on the ballot) allows the Metro Council, upon recommendations from the sheriff and the police chief, to authorize the sheriff’s office to conduct certain tasks not specifically assigned by the original Metro Charter.

That amendment, however, passed easily with 157,142 votes for and 49,648 votes against, according to results posted Tuesday night on the Davidson County Election Commission website.

The Metro Council voted in September to add the five Metro Charter amendments to Tuesday’s ballot with each collecting the required 27 council votes to do so. And they received little discussion from them on.

The other three amendments also passed with little resistance.

Amendment number one on the ballot — that would add an exception to the Metro employee requirement that they hold only one position with Metro to allow them to work as part-time poll workers — easily passed.

The fourth amendment listed on Tuesday’s ballot passed 186,183 to 23,798 votes, renaming the “school mothers’ patrol division” of the Metro Nashville Police Department to the “school crossing guard division.”

And finally, Davidson County voters chose to ratify an amendment adding certain stormwater management tasks to Metro Water Services with a final vote of 165,370 to 39,431.

In the only other major Metro race, interim Davidson County Clerk Brenda Wynn, a former aide for U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, easily won election to the clerk's office with 144,454 over Jeff Crum (33,642) and Kenneth Eaton (18,313). The Metro Council appointed Wynn interim clerk in August to replace the embattled John Arriola.

7 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 11/7/12 at 5:26

Metro voters think all Amendments must be a great idea, otherwise they wouldn't appear on the ballot and vote Yes 99% of the time. So foolish and uninformed so often.
Amendment 2 this year is perfect example.

By: C.A.Jones on 11/7/12 at 8:20

I do worry about our Metro voting base. I think they would approve an amendment to remove the requirement that an airline pilot have previous experience flying aircraft if it were worded correctly.

By: CrimesDown on 11/7/12 at 9:01

I can't believe they passed the second change. All passing it did was allow metro to install a good ole boy instead of someone qualified for the job. I really thought this amendment would fail....I was wrong. I guess people lack reading comprehension.

By: WickedTribe on 11/7/12 at 10:20

Do people even read these amendments or just click "yes" on all of them?

By: SouthNashvillian on 11/7/12 at 11:17

The sad thing is most people don't even educate themselves as to what's going to be on the ballot before they enter the voting booth. It's well-known polital strategy to word something "in favor" instead of "against" if you want it to pass, people are much more likely to vote "for" something if they don't know what it really is. Ugh.

By: RTungsten on 11/7/12 at 12:32

Why would you want government employees to be a poll worker? I think the problem is these amendments are written that 90% of the folks cannot understand them.

By: Left-of-Local on 11/7/12 at 12:59

Amendment 1 was a dumb idea and will play out badly in pollution of the polling place.

However, it is AWESOME to see cronyism defeated in the fall of Amendment 2. Perhaps the same idiot electorate that "saved" the Fairgrounds has a little sense after all. Or at least they do when enough to the intelligent ones turn out.

The other amendments seem pretty well on the mark. I'd rather have courthouse security run by actual law officers sworn to the city than by the lowest-bidding laptop-losing GED-required-for-hire rent-a-cop firm. Despite how stupid they act most times, it is only fair that the inexcusably antiquated term "school mother" die an instant death. And really, Public Works already has a hand in things they have no business in (like traffic light planning), so taking water away from them makes sense is reduces redundancy.