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Thursday, March 5, 1998

Jones, Smith and Arnold Fail to Qualify for Sheriff

The Commercial Appeal, March 5, 1998
By Kriste Goad

The field of candidates for Shelby County Sheriff was narrowed from eight to five Wednesday when City Councilman E.C. Jones and the race's only female candidates failed to gain certification.

Jones, who filed as an independent, and Republicans Novella Smith Arnold and Gladys `Bea' Smith will not be on the ballot for sheriff because they failed to file an application for Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (POST) certification by last week's election withdrawal deadline.

This is only the second election cycle that requires POST certification for sheriff's candidates. The Nashville-based commission requires background reviews and formal law enforcement training for sheriffs. Untrained candidates can run for sheriff but are required to receive proper training if and when elected.

The problem with Jones, Arnold and Smith was their application for POST certification arrived after the deadline to withdraw from the race, also the cutoff for POST applications. The Shelby County Election Commission in a special meeting Wednesday certified Democrats Melvin Burgess and Clyde Venson and Republicans Gene Barksdale, former sheriff, and Sheriff A.C. Gilless. Independent candidate Floyd Allen Jr. also was certified.

Jones said Wednesday he had no comment on the decision to delete him as a candidate.

The Election Commission also voted against certification of John Freeman, who filed to run as a Democrat against Republican County Trustee Bob Patterson. Freeman never was certified because his petition did not contain the necessary 25 registered-voter signatures. Freeman last week contested the commission's decision regarding his petition. Although he had 26 signatures, one was his own and several had invalid addresses.

State Coordinator of Elections Brook K. Thompson said in an opinion issued to the local Election Commission, ``This office has consistently interpreted this section (Tennessee Code Annotated 2-5-101) to require 25 signatures from persons other than the candidate.''

Thompson also said TCA requires the address listed by a petition signature to match the address on file with the commission or at least be within the same precinct where that person is registered. Three of Freeman's signatures failed that requirement.

That means Patterson will be re-elected to the post without opposition. The same is true for Dist. Atty. Gen. Bill Gibbons, County Clerk Jayne S. Creson, Circuit Court Clerk Jimmy Moore, Juvenile Court Clerk C.R. `Bob' Martin and County Commissioners Walter Lee Bailey Jr., Julian T. Bolton, Shep Wilbun Jr., Michael A. Hooks, Cleo C. Kirk, James W. Ford, Clair D. Vander Schaaf, Mark Norris and Tommy Hart.

Edition: Final; Section: Metro; Page: B1
Copyright (c) 1998 The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN

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