Storey wins heated county clerk race

Tony Casey • May 7, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Kathy Storey, the incumbent Washington County clerk, steadily held onto her position after a heated contest with former deputy Sheila Haren.

The final tally was nowhere near as close as the space between the two when they worked together for 30 years as county employees, with Storey collecting 8,991 of the 11,749 votes against Haren’s 2,751.

According to the Herald & Tribune’s Karen Sells, Haren considered filing a wrongful termination dispute after she was let go by Storey in August 2013, but instead decided to run against her former boss.

Both had different views on how the firing took place, with Storey citing insubordination and Haren calling it wrongful.

While Haren called her presence in the race a way to not give Storey a free ride, Storey chose not to comment on Haren’s candidacy. To sway potential voters, Storey said she aspires to continue developing efficiencies in the duties of her job, plus possibly issuing birth certificates, temporary operating motor vehicle permits from outside of the state as well as continuing to officiate weddings, something she’d done some 674 times since her initial election in 2010.

Monty Treadway wins county trustee contest

Monty Treadway won Tuesday’s Washington County Republican primary for trustee over Michael Hartman.

Jack Daniels, who won seven consecutive terms since 1986, withdrew his name from the ballot just before declarations had to be in and gave Hartman, the current Washington County Republican Party chairman, his support.

Treadway said not running against Daniels was a deciding factor for him.

“That’s just the process,” Treadway said of taking on his challenger after Daniels withdrew. “I wasn’t going to run against Daniels because he did a good job in there.”

In the process, Treadway beat out Hartman in a race that tallied 11,086 votes, with 6,125 going to Treadway and 4,944 going for Hartman.

With victory in his grasp, Treadway says he’s thankful of the Lord and all the people who’ve supported him, but for the next few days, he’s got some more work to do.

“I’m going to take down signs and thank everyone,” Treadway said.

Numbers are unofficial totals and not yet certified.

Guinn holds on to county clerk’s spot

Voters decided Karen Guinn will get a chance to add to her 12 years at the Washington County Circuit Clerk’s Office and serve her fourth term.

Tuesday, she handily defeated challenger Susan Sell Mitchell 8,112 to 2,936, with 11,056 turning out, in a race that both pegged as a technological bout. Leading into the election Mitchell and Guinn both touted their abilities to work with changing technologies to better serve the county while watching public funds carefully.

Each candidate boasted experience in the court system, but Guinn’s resume covered more calendar, having began work in the clerk’s office about 40 years ago before assuming the role as chief deputy clerk for 20 years before running for her current position in 2002 when her boss retired. Sell worked as the juvenile court services director for the county for 17 years as well as working as a juvenile probation officer.

The position carries a lot of responsibility, with more than $9 million moving through the office last year. In her time at the office, court records have gone digital with the aid of advancements made in provided court system software.

“I am grateful for the vote of confidence (voters) have shown me and sincerely appreciate the voters for giving me the opportunity to be your Circuit Court Clerk,” she told the Johnson City Press before the election.

Arnold holds off two judgeship opponents

Judge Don Arnold successfully withstood challenges from local attorneys Russell Kloosterman and Will Monk to win the Republican primary for Washington County Sessions Court judge.

The final vote totals hit 10,522, with 6,473 pulling the lever for Arnold, 2,911 for Monk and 1,123 for Kloosterman.

Now, Arnold will face off against independent Stephanie Sherwood in the general election ballot in August. His election came about because sitting judges James Nidiffer and Robert Lincoln, the only two county judges to oversee misdemeanor hearings, juvenile court and probable cause felony case hearings requested help with the workload, Arnold was appointed in early 2012 and, by state law, was required to run in this race.

Running on a claim that his experience would translate into fair and firm justice, Arnold ran on the slogan, “Experience That Can Do Justice.”

Moving forward, Arnold faces Sherwood, who is riding on her five years of experience as the Associate Municipal Court Judge in Johnson City. When asked by the Johnson City Press what makes him the best candidate for the job in late April, Arnold told of his experience.

“I have been sitting as General Sessions judge since Jan. 3, 2013, and have gained invaluable experience in that time,” he said. “Martindale-Hubbell is recognized as the leading ranking publication for lawyers. I have been selected AV Preeminent for 35 years. This is the highest possible peer review rating in legal ability and ethical standards.”

All numbers are unofficial until certified.Follow Tony Casey on Twitter @TonyCaseyJCP. Like him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tonycaseyjournalist.

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