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Ed Hagerty elected Vice Mayor – channels Kevin Mack

Jim Bradshaw reportedly changed his mind about continuing to abstain when he learned that a special election would cost $33,000. He voted with James Maness and Ed Hagerty to elect Hagerty as Vice Mayor. Linda Elam nominated and voted with Ted Floyd for Ted Floyd for Vice Mayor.

Hagerty’s comments immediately reminded everyone of the edge city vision promoted by former Mayor Kevin Mack from 2000-2004. Here’s the quote from the story in the Chronicle of Mt. Juliet:

“. . . Mt. Juliet has always been more than a bedroom community of Nashville, and we can be a tremendous Edge City – a place to live, work, shop, play, worship, and raise a family.” – Ed Hagerty, Feb 15, 2011

The next question, soon to be hotly debated by the commission: Who will the remaining four members of the commission appoint to fill the balance of Hagerty’s term as D3 Commissioner?



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State Rep. Linda Elam can also serve as Mt. Juliet mayor, judge rules

Headline from the Tennessean website

“State Rep. Linda Elam will also be able to serve as mayor of the growing city of Mt. Juliet, a judge ruled this afternoon.”

“Chancellor C.K. Smith issued a ruling stating Elam can keep both her state house seat and the part-time mayor position in Mt. Juliet in Wilson County.”

[. . .]

Smith also ruled Mt. Juliet City Commissioner Jim Bradshaw can keep his city seat as well as serve on the Wilson County Commission.

UPDATE: A story in yesterday’s Lebanon Democrat (not yet available on line) confirms that Jim Bradshaw was told of the judge’s ruling on Thursday and that he has resigned from the office of Vice-Mayor, though not from his seat on the City Commission. Chancellor C.K. Smith has ruled that he can continue to serve as both County Commissioner and City Commissioner until the end of his current terms.


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Coming on the November ballot?

Home Rule Charter Amendment One

and it’s a very interesting one. Monday night, on second and final reading, the ordinance proposing Home Rule Charter Amendment One and submitting it to the voters for their approval was successfully amended from a proposed election date of August 2012 to the November general election in 2010.

Sponsored by Ed Hagerty and supported by Commissioners Floyd and Sellers, the amended ordinance passed 3-1-1 with Mayor Linda Elam voting against and Commissioner Jim Bradshaw abstaining.

If it is approved by the voters it will prohibit both the mayor and commissioners from holding any other elected office while they serve on the city commission. If the Charter Amendment passes, and Mayor Elam is elected to the state legislature, she will have to choose between being Mayor or being a state representative. Likewise, if Commissioner Bradshaw is elected to another term on the City Commission, he would have to resign his County Commission seat before he could be sworn in for his City Commission seat.

Several accounts of the meeting confirmed that the mayor is furious that this charter amendment has been proposed and placed on the ballot for this November.

Her only strategy at this point is to attempt to stall any official notice of the amendment from reaching the Wilson County Election Commission. According to the Sec. of State’s website, the deadline for candidates to file is 8/19. The deadline to withdraw is 8/26. After 8/26 absentee ballots can begin to be printed.

Can Mayor Elam stall the official notification of the referendum for eight more days? What will the City Manager do? What will the City Recorder do? What will the other City Commissioners do?

Pull up a chair and pop some popcorn. This should be entertaining.


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Mt. Juliet settles suit by Franklin for $166,000

chronicle-2009-02-18The story is covered by both The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet (who had a little photoshop fun with their cover) and The Mt. Juliet News.

The Mt. Juliet City Commission voted 3-0-1 (Hagerty absent, Elam abstaining) to settle the suit for $166,000 – with $75,000 coming from the City’s general fund and $91,000 to be paid by the City’s insurance carrier.

Elam, Bradshaw, & Sellers all maintained the settlement was only agreed to because of the costs of defending the lawsuit. City Attorney Jason Holleman, however, “confirmed if the case was lost in federal court, it could cost the city as much as seven figures.”

The Mt. Juliet News has an intriguing tidbit in their final paragraph:

A copy of the settlement could not be obtained by press time. However, Elam said there were other things settled on separate from the monetary aspect, but would not comment on those items.

link to The Mt. Juliet News story

link to The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet


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MJ Election Results

Elam wins re-election as Mayor.

Floyd defeats Justice for D1 Commissioner.

from the Tennessean:

Mt. Juliet mayor

Candidate Votes Percentage
Linda Elam (i) 3,077 32.2%
Wendell Marlowe 2,689 28.1%
Kevin Mack 2,320 24.3%
Jim Bradshaw 1,479 15.5%
12 of 12 precincts reporting 9,565

Mt. Juliet commission, district 1

Candidate Votes Percentage
Winston Floyd 830 39%
Ray Justice (i) 779 36.6%
Jonathan Brydalski 517 24.3%
6 of 6 precincts reporting 2,126


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Mack leading in the polls

According to the Mt. Juliet News website poll, Mack is leading with 47.1%, followed by Marlowe with 41.2% and Elam with 11.8%:


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Headlines from The Mt. Juliet News and The Chronicle, 10/15/2008

Summit wants to open center in MJ

would like a long-term lease for approximately five acres at this site for the development of medical services. The city is “fine tuning” details to purchase the prime 12 acres from the county. The County Budget Committee has voted to put the 12 acres back on the market. County Commissioner Bernie Ashe said “the time ran out” on the city’s deal. “Nobody has done anything. We want to sell it.”

Candidates spar at Mt. Juliet News’ ‘Your Voice. Your Vote.’ Forum
According to the newspaper, the forum was taped and “will be aired on Mt. Juliet’s Comcast Channel 3.” No schedule for the broadcast given. It’s been a week now. Our bet – the video of the forum will never be broadcast. The “quality” of the video will be deemed “not good enough.”
Elam attacked Marlowe over voting $1,000,000 for a county horse arena, and charged he “never met a property tax he didn’t like,” and pointed out that he continued to serve as a county commissioner for seven months after moving out of his district.
Marlowe defended his vote for the horse arena, saying it would pay for itself. As to moving out of his district he said he stayed on, “because he was asked to do so.”
Mack charged that the City had once again been neglecting the problem of traffic and pointed out that Elam had been censured for a conflict of interest.
Justice said the City should start its own fire department and defended the purchase of land for a YMCA. Justice said his district generally supported a property tax.
Floyd said no property tax is needed at this time.
Mack reminded everyone that he had voted to repeal the city property tax in 2000. Bradshaw added his “no” on property tax as well.

MJ Mayor candidate Marlowe leads in campaign contributions
Did Marlowe accept an illegal corporate contribution?

Marlowe has raised $10,725; Elam has raised $2,499; Mack has raised $699; Bradshaw has raised $100
Elam also reported two personal loans from herself to her campaign totaling $14,000.
John Gipson (developer of the Paddocks Center) has made $1,000 contributions to Marlowe and Elam. The Tennessee Realtors Political Action Committee made a $1,000 contribution to Marlowe, no contribution to Elam.
Marlowe also received $1,000 from Ken Powers (developer of Mt. Juliet Crossing, and Elam’s former employer) as well as $1,000 each from Mark Distefano and Brenda Distefano.
The Mt. Juliet News reports that Marlowe received a $1,000 contribution from Summit Realty Group in Mt. Juliet, but that can’t be right. Why can’t that be right? We’re glad you asked. T.C.A. § 2-19-132(a) provides that:

“it is unlawful for the executive officers or other representatives of any corporation doing business within this state, to use any of the funds, moneys, or credits of the corporation for the purpose of aiding either in the election or defeat in any primary or final election, of any candidate for office, national, state, county, or municipal, or in any way contributing to the campaign fund of any political party, for any purpose whatever.”

Violating this part of the election law is a Class C misdemeanor. A) Surely Summit Realty Group knows that making a corporate contribution is illegal? B) Surely Marlowe knows that he shouldn’t accept a corporate contribution? C) Surely the Mt. Juliet News knows that a corporate contribution is illegal and a criminal act?
For all these reasons, we’re sure the details of the story in the Mt. Juliet News MUST be incorrect and that Summit Realty Group didn’t really make an illegal campaign contribution to Marlowe. . .
[hint: we’ll be happy to provide access to ALL the campaign disclosure reports from ALL candidates]

Summit Medical interested in MJ
And a few other things were done at the Commission meeting last Monday

County squire has “proof” MJ officials overlook fire codes in homes
County Commissioner Chris Sorey says that City officials have been signing off on houses that had not completely passed City fire codes inspections.

Ask the mayoral candidates
Bradshaw, Mack, & Marlowe prefer the Stones. Elam prefers the Beatles.
Bradshaw says the manager/commission form of government works good. Also full-time mayor works well.
Elam says the Mayor should have the authority to match her responsibility.
Mack believes the citizens should be given the opportunity to amend the charter to make the position of mayor full-time
Marlowe doesn’t think the city is ready yet for a full-time mayor, and we don’t have to be in a hurry.

County out $171K in legal fees in ACLU case
Actually, no. In spite of the headline, the text of the article explains that the County is out $100,221. The judge “reduced the award by 30 percent to account for the plaintiffs’ limited success.”

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