Nonpartisan Judicial Elections Bill Fails in Subcommittee

A bill that would have established nonpartisan elections for certain positions in Davidson and Shelby counties failed in a House subcommittee today, The Nashville Post reports. Republicans on the House Elections and Campaign Finance Subcommittee questioned why its sponsor, Rep. Tom Leatherwood, R-Arlington, had not secured support from local governments in Shelby and Davidson counties. In Nashville, the bill would have made judicial elections and those for constitutional officers like court clerk nonpartisan. In Shelby County, where judicial elections are already nonpartisan, the bill would have affected elections for county mayor, commission and other charter offices. Democrats swept those Shelby County races last year after years of Republican control. A similar bill from Sen. Steve Dickerson, R-Nashville, would have a similar effect but would apply to every county in the state and only to judicial positions.
 
 
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