Vince Dean To Run For Criminal Court Clerk

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
- photo by Mills Waterhouse

Rep. Vince Dean announced Wednesday morning that he will run for Criminal Court clerk in the upcoming election.

He said at a press conference on the steps of the County Courthouse, "It is time for a hands-on leader who is in the office on a day-to-day basis."

Rep. Dean, a Republican, said he will continue to serve in his House District 30 seat through the upcoming legislative delegation that is expected to end in April.

Longtime incumbent Gwen Tidwell is a Democrat.

"I have been privileged to serve Hamilton County in public office for the majority of my career," noted the candidate. "I am confident that my experience as a police officer, City Council member, mayor, and state representative has given me the knowledge, management skills, and foresight needed to serve as your next Criminal Court clerk.

"My goal is to bring efficiency, good management, and disciplined spending to the position of Criminal Court clerk. I believe that good leadership starts with collaboration. I'm committed to combining my skills with the expertise of those already in the Criminal Court office to ensure Hamilton County excellent service and a judicial office it can trust."

Rep. Dean was accompanied by his wife, Debbie, and daughter, Sallie. His father, Rev. Billy Dean, gave a prayer.

Also with him were state Senators Bo Watson and Todd Gardenhire and state Rep. Gerald McCormick as well as County Commissioners Larry Henry, Chester Bankston and Joe Graham. Boyd Patterson of the district attorney's office was also present.

Three members of the East Ridge City Council - Denny Manning, Jim Bethune and Marc Gravitt - were also present. Rep. Dean is a former mayor of East Ridge.

He serves as chairman of the House Transportation Committee.

Rep. Dean has been an active volunteer in Hamilton County for over 20 years, serving in numerous community organizations including: the East Ridge Education Committee, the East Ridge Ministerial Committee, the Pastor's Council at Abba's House, and the National League of Cities Public Safety Advisory Committee. Dean also was invited to the Tennessee Municipal League Board and the Chattanooga Boys Choir Board of Directors, and he was elected TML Public Safety Policy Committee Chairman.

He is a lifelong Hamilton County resident. He is a graduate of The Baylor School, and attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Cleveland State. He and his wife have two daughters and a son: Olivia, Sallieand Justin. 

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