The already crowded field to replace Juvenile Court Clerk Vic Lineweaver got a little bit more crowded Monday when District 29 Metro Councilwoman Vivian Wilhoite confirmed she too will be entering the race.
The election won’t take place until summer 2010, but already four candidates have told The City Paper they intend to run. Besides Wilhoite, school board member Karen Johnson and court officer David Smith also said they intend to enter the race. Political no-name Jeff Brousal, a forensic toxicologist for the state of Tennessee Department of Agriculture, said he wants to run as well.
Wilhoite, a second term Metro Council member from the Antioch area, said her formal announcement will be coming soon. Wilhoite is actively involved with Mt. Zion Baptist Church and works for the Tennessee Regulatory Authority. She was rumored to be interested in the seat earlier this year.
“I’m running, I’ve already decided,” Wilhoite said. “I wanted to do a formal announcement, we’re just trying to make sure everything is in order. I’m looking forward to bringing my professional experience to the office of the juvenile court clerk.”
Lineweaver said after Johnson officially announced her intentions that he had no comment on the field forming to replace him. Some political observers believe a crowded field favors Lineweaver because of his name recognition.
Lineweaver was the subject of a WSMV Channel 4 exposé which showed him in his bathrobe during normal work hours. He was also found in contempt of court in 2007, because he failed to produce pertinent court documents.