Rep. Sherry Jones seeks election as Davidson County Court Clerk

State Rep. Sherry Jones, a Nashville Democrat who has served for more than two decades, has announce she’s running for election as Davidson County Juvenile Court Clerk next year, reports The Tennessean.

Jones, first elected to Tennessee House District 59 in 1994, recently filed paperwork with the Davidson County Election Commission allowing her to start raising money for the open countywide seat to replace Juvenile Court Clerk David Smith, who is retiring.

Her entry sets up a Democratic primary in May that for now features only Jones and Lonnell Matthews Jr, a former Metro councilman who currently works as Mayor Megan Barry’s director of Neighborhoods and Community Engagement.

“It’s something I think I have some expertise in,” said Jones, a longtime advocate for children who has led criticism of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services under Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration…. I would like to be able to work with the courts and come up with some programs that we might be able to start, and just do some things that I know that children need and don’t have.”

… Jones’ House District 59 includes parts of Antioch and southeast Nashville. The deadline to qualify as a state House candidate next year is April 5 — one month before the juvenile court clerk primary election.

Jones said she hasn’t decided whether she will file to qualify to run for House next year. But she said she doesn’t plan to stay in her state seat if she wins the Juvenile Court clerk primary in May.

The Davidson County Juvenile Court Clerk, which has an annual salary of $127,838, oversees all legal documents filed in Juvenile Court, which is led by Judge Sheila Calloway.

4 Responses to Rep. Sherry Jones seeks election as Davidson County Court Clerk

  • Misty Partner says:

    That is a District that a Republican could win.

  • Leslie Parsley says:

    I’m sure she’ll be a tremendous asset as the DC Juvenile County Court Clerk, but what a loss to all Tennesseans. She has been one of the strongest advocates for sensible gun laws in the legislature. There’s no way to tell how many lives she has helped save.

  • Cannoneer2 says:

    If you want “sensible gun laws”, move to Chicago.

  • Michael Lottman says:

    What on earth is going on? At this rate there will be no effective Democratic presence in the legislature next year. In fact, the whole body seems to be opting for more stable employment. I guess we could manage without them.

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