Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Knox County Law Director's Race 2012

Currently there are two candidates that are actively pursuing the job of Knox County Law Director. The "incumbent" Joseph "Joe" Gregory Jarret and Richard Bernard "Bud" Armstrong, Jr.. Jarret was appointed to the job by the Knox County Commission when the elected law director stepped down from office.

Interestingly enough, Bud Armstrong was a Knox County Commissioner at the time of Jarret's appointment. Armstrong actually voted for Jarret to be the law director on three separate votes. Jarret recalls that Armstrong told him Joe, I am voting for you because your the most qualified, although they don't want me to.

So, where do these guys come from?

Jarret a military veteran spent a considerable amount of time being law director in the State of Florida. He has been licensed as an attorney in Florida since 1990. He and his wife had effectively retired here and he was hired as the Deputy Law Director and then was tapped to be the guy when the vacancy occurred. He has been licensed in Tennessee since 2007.

Armstrong a former TVA employee is a native Knox Countian. He too was appointed by the Knox County Republican Party Eighth District Delegates to be the Republican nominee for a Special Election to fill the Eighth District County Commission seat that was vacated by former Commissioner Phil Ballard. He won that election and in 2010 he failed in challenging Ed Shouse for an at large County Commission seat. Armstrong has been licensed in Tennessee since 2008.

The filing deadline for the March 6, 2012 primary election and August General Election is a little more that one week away. The deadline is December 8, 2011.

Juvenile, General Sessions and Circuit Court Clerk Catherine Ann "Cathy" Quist has received a lot of encouragement to run for Law Director. Prior to her election in 1998 as Juvenile, General Sessions and Circuit Court Clerk, she worked as Deputy Law Director in the law department. Her responsibilities included advising the Knox County School System. She has been licensed in Tennessee since 1988.

Certainly, should Quist make the decision to jump into the law directors race, it will be a game changer.  

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