At-large Councilman Charlie Tygard has joined Democratic nominee Brenda Wynn as a contender for the Metro Council’s special appointment to replace departed Davidson County Clerk John Arriola with an interim.
Tygard was one of four candidates nominated for the interim seat, which the council on Aug. 7 will fill with an appointment. Tygard, along with long-shot candidates Kenneth Eaton and James Baxter, nominated themselves. Davidson County voters will pick the full-time clerk in November’s election.
Councilman Lonnell Matthews Jr. nominated Wynn for the interim position. Wynn — an aide for U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper who announced her resignation from that position Tuesday — secured the Democratic clerk nomination for November’s election on Monday. Davidson County Republicans still haven’t nominated its candidate.
Despite signaling his interest in the open clerk’s seat, Tygard suggested he could ultimately withdraw his name from consideration after the council’s Rules-Confirmations-Public Elections Committee interviews the four candidates later this month.
“I’m keeping my options open right now,” Tygard said. “Worst case scenario, you stand up and say, ‘I’ve decided I don’t want to be considered. Don’t use your vote on me.’ ”
Tygard characterized himself as a “business person that understands management,” adding that he has the “skill set” to address some of the clerk office’s issues.
Wynn, who has previously worked in Mayor Bill Purcell’s office, is believed to be the frontrunner for the interim clerk position, having securing the Democratic nomination. Though officially nonpartisan, the council runs decidedly Democratic.
Whoever secures the council’s special clerk appointment will hold the job for a temporary basis until a full-time clerk emerges following Election Day on Nov. 6. The appointment would head into the election with an incumbent status.
Tygard told The City Paper he would not seek the Republican nomination for Davidson County clerk but did not rule out running as an independent.