So there’s a bunch of attention on the Clerk of Criminal Court these days.
Not going to get into that too much, but suffice it to say that local media are all on this – and trying each to claim the story as theirs. If you’re into that kind of thing, it’s interesting to watch (and yes, I know I work for KNS).
We’ve seen this kind of thing around here before – a kerfuffle over the operations of a public or semi-public office – but here’s a new little wrinkle: Election season is coming quick.
Commissioner Mike Hammond – a veteran local electyed official who is term limited next year – announced that he plans to run for sitting Clerk of Criminal Court Joy McCroskey’s seat. His news release:
“I have for some time been considering a run for the office of the Clerk of Criminal Courts and had set November 20th as the start of my campaign. I am today formally announcing that I will be a candidate for the office of Knox County Clerk of Criminal Courts in the May 2014 Republican Primary. At my campaign kickoff November 20th at 4:30 pm at Calhouns on the River, I will outline my vision for the office and how it can better serve the citizens of Knox County.”
The timing of this is interesting, if only that his announcement comes just as all this focus is coming on the current office holder’s policies and procedures. Asked about this, Hammond said, that people have asked him about running, he’s given it a lot of thought, and he plans to unveil his plan later.
… these are all things that candidates say or have said when running for office.