Brenda Wynn Earns Democratic Nomination To Replace Arriola
by Heather Graf
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The executive committee of the Democratic Party on Monday nominated Brenda Wynn to replace former Davidson County Clerk John Arriola.
Wynn currently works as community outreach director in Representative Jim Cooper's office,. She has also served under former Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell.
She told the executive committee that she's not a career politician, but she's made a career of public service.
She also said she's spent the past 25 years gaining valuable experience, serving on various boards and commissions.
It's experience that earned her an overwhelming victory on Monday.
Wynn got 27 votes, while former Metro councilman Sam Coleman got just seven. Kenneth Eaton, the third candidate seeking the Democratic nomination, did not get any votes.
Monday's vote means Wynn's name will now appear on the ballot in the November special election that will determine John Arriola's replacement.
Arriola submitted his resignation on June 25, in order to avoid state criminal charges.
He'd been under fire ever since a News Channel 5 investigation revealed Arriola pocked thousands of dollars for weddings he performed on taxpayer time.
That resignation does not mean Arriola is out of the woods when it comes to the IRS or federal prosecutors, but in the meantime, the local focus has shifted to finding his replacement.
Wynn, Coleman, and Eaton all mentioned Arriola when they addressed the executive committee of the Davidson County Democratic Party. They acknowledged it will take a lot of work to restore public trust to the office of Davidson County Clerk.
"And that's the greatest challenge that we'll face," Wynn said, just after securing the nomination. "Restoring the faith and confidence of our citizens in that office. But I hope that with transparency and accountability, we can do that."
Wynn told NewsChannel 5 she is now hoping Metro Council will choose her as the interim county clerk, so she can immediately get to work.
That vote takes place August 7.
Metro Council could still choose someone else as the interim county clerk, although many say its unlikely.
It's a sought-after position, because it gives that person the incumbent advantage when voters head to the polls in November.