CLARKSVILLE, TN (CLARKSVILLE NOW) – A long list of candidates have filled up the May 3 Montgomery County Primary ballot, but only five of those races are contested: County Mayor, District Attorney, two judges and Register of Deeds.
The May 3 election, with early voting starting April 13, will be a party primary to select party nominees. On Aug. 4, those party winners will run against one another and any independents. Here’s the full list of candidates in uncontested May races, along with August independents.
With the deadlines over and the nerd set, here’s how the races are shaping up, according to announcements sent to Clarksville Now:
With Mayor Jim Durrett not running for re-election, the seat is open, and Wes Golden faces Wallace Redd for the Republican nomination.
Golden, the current Health and Safety manager for the City of Clarksville, previously served as a firefighter and licensed emergency medical technician with Clarksville Fire Rescue. In addition to his six years as a first responder, Wes worked in environmental health and safety at Martinrea, where he was placed over safety for all of Martinrea’s US production facilities. He also worked in safety and loss prevention at the former Dow Corning facility in Clarksville.
Redd has served terms on both the Clarksville City Council and the Montgomery County Commission. Redd served in the Army starting in 1978, including at Fort Campbell with the 101st Airborne Division. Redd has served on the Republican Party State Executive Committee and as the parliamentarian for the Montgomery County Republican Party. The Redd family manages a residential rental business, Redd Properties. Redd is also pastor at Sugar Creek Baptist Church in Woodlawn.
The winner will face Jo Ellen “Jodi” O’Connor in August.
District Attorney, 19th Judicial District
It’s a three-way race between incumbent District Attorney Robert Nash, 23rd District Assistant DA Steve Powers and Assistant City Attorney Neil Stauffer for the Republican nomination to replace DA John Carney Jr., who retired last year.
Nash, previously an Assistant DA, was appointed by Gov. Bill Lee to replace Carney. Nash earned a JD at Nashville School of Law and holds bachelor’s degrees from Austin Peay State University and Saint Leo University. He began his legal career as an associate attorney with the Clarksville firm of Sharon Massey-Grimes and Carrie Gasaway. He was recruited by Carney to join the DA’s Office in 2007.
Powers, a Clarksville native, serves as Assistant DA in the 23rd Judicial District (Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys and Stewart Counties). After getting a bachelor’s degree in business from Austin Peay State University and his law degree from the Nashville School of Law, he opened a private law practice in Ashland City and worked as an Assistant Public Defender. He accepted the position of Assistant DA in 2006.
Stauffer is the Assistant City Attorney for the City of Clarksville. He earned his BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his JD from the Regent University School of Law. Stauffer served eight years in the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps and is a major in the Reserves. Stauffer served as Assistant General Counsel with the Tennessee Department of Health before joining the city.
There are no opponents in August, so the winner in May will be the next DA.
Circuit Court Judge, Part I
Incumbent Judge Adrienne Fry is running against attorney John Holt for the Republican nomination to replace Judge Ross Hicks, who retired last year.
Fry was appointed by Gov. Bill Lee to fill the Circuit Court vacancy. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law and has practiced for over a decade.
Holt was born and raised in Clarksville. He received a BA from Carson-Newman College and his law degree from the University of Memphis. He has been a practicing attorney in Robertson and Montgomery Counties for the past 25 years.
There are no opponents in August, so the winner in May will be seated as judge.
General Sessions & Juvenile Court Judge, Div. II
Attorney Eric Yow faces attorney Reid Poland for the Republican nomination to replace Judge Wayne Shelton, who isn’t running for re-election.
Yow is a senior partner at Goble & Yow. He is a graduate of the University of Memphis School of Law and Freed-Hardeman University. Yow has practiced law in Montgomery County since moving here in 2007 to work with the Kennedy Law Firm.
Raised in Clarksville, Poland is a graduate of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. He earned his JD from the Nashville School of Law. He is a member and former president of the Montgomery County Bar Association, and he served as Assistant Municipal Judge in Pegram, Tennessee.
The winner will face Democrat Merriel Bullock Neal and independent James Bagby in August.
Register of Deeds
Tori Moore is running against Julie Chadwick Runyon for the Republican nomination to replace Connie Gunnett, who is not running for re-election.
Moore has been a deputy clerk at the Register of Deeds office for five years.
Runyon, a native of Cunningham, has degrees from the University of Tennessee-Martin and the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis. She has been a real estate attorney in Clarksville for over 20 years.
There are no opponents in August, so the winner in May will be the new Register of Deeds.
The voter registration deadline for the May 3 County Primary is April 4.
Early voting will be April 13-28.
For more information, go to the Montgomery County Election Commission website.