A Republican primary is officially set to precede Davidson County’s Juvenile Court Clerk general election, but it’s still unclear whether District 22 Metro Councilman Eric Crafton plans to throw his hat in the ring.
Davidson County Republican Party leaders filed paperwork this week to hold a Republican primary for the highly coveted seat held by current clerk Vic Lineweaver, who attracted a field of competitors after media reports last year revealed he spent considerable time at his Bellevue house during works hours.
So far, eight candidates — including Lineweaver — have picked up qualifying papers to run as Democrats. Another candidate is running as an independent. But until this week, a Republican primary had not even been established.
While no one has picked up papers to qualify as a Republican, some observers have speculated the primary may be an opening for Crafton, the Bellevue-area representative known for a conservative streak.
When contacted by The City Paper, Crafton neither confirmed nor denied plans to enter the race.
“I don’t know,” Crafton said. “It’s an interesting race. But, I haven’t announced anything. I haven’t done anything with the Republican Party, but I guess they’re having a primary.”
On the Democratic side, Lineweaver is facing opposition from court officer David Smith, school board member Karen Johnson, District 29 Metro Councilwoman Vivian Wilhoite, as well as Jeff Brousal, Howard E. Jones Jr., Jeff Crum and Patricia Courts.
The one independent candidate is James Baxter.
The Democratic and Republican primaries are slated for May 4. The general election takes place Aug. 5. All candidates must turn in qualifying papers to the Davidson County Election Commission by Feb. 18.