Dean Hits Tidwell Fliers Posted At The County Courts Building

Friday, June 27, 2014

Vince Dean, Republican candidate for Criminal Court clerk, hit the posting of fliers in support of his Democratic opponent, incumbent Gwen Tidwell, at the Hamilton County Courts Building, and said they contained inaccurate information.

He said, "The problem is not just the placement of the campaign signs in a government building but the materials’ misleading content.

“While the posting of campaign materials inside a building funded by taxpayers is questionable— potentially printing the fliers on the taxpayers’ own dime— the real issue lies in the signs’ factually inaccurate claims.”

In the posted fliers, a list of attorneys indicate their support of the 20-year incumbent based on the “requisite qualifications” that a Criminal Court clerk must be “a licensed attorney.
” Rep. Dean said the vast majority of Tennessee court clerks are not attorneys.

He said, “There are only two clerks of all the criminal and circuit court clerks from Tennessee’s 95 counties who are attorneys. It is entirely false that a ‘requisite qualification’ for the clerk position is to be a lawyer.”

Rep. Dean said he disagreed further with the signs’ claim that the Criminal Court clerk’s office under the incumbent candidate has been run in an “extremely efficient and effective” manner.

“The current Criminal Court clerk whose primary duty is to collect our county’s criminal and court fees has permitted a total of $50 million in delinquent fines to accumulate,” Rep. Dean said. “To say the current office has been managed efficiently and effectively is a grand overstatement. Our justice system is weakened by criminals who are allowed to shrug off a judge’s ruling and evade the consequences of their actions.”

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