The Official Juvenile Court Clerk Debate will answer questions from the community, youth-focused organizations and the members of the media Nashville, TN— Tennessee State University’s College of Public Service and Urban Affairs, the Nashville Association of Black Journalists and Gideon’s Army Grassroots Army for Children have partnered together to provide an open forum for Juvenile Court Clark candidates Saturday April 10th at Tennessee State University’s downtown campus (Avon Williams, 330 10th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee 37203).  Doors will open at 1:30pm with registration and the debate and Q&A will begin at 2pm.  The debate is free and open to the public.

Agenda 1:30- 2:00          Registration 2:00-2:10           Welcome 2:10-2:25           Candidate intros and one minute opening statements 2:25-3:30           Debate (5-6 questions answered by all candidates) 3:30-3:45           Open Forum 3:45-4:00           Closing Statements 4:00-4:45           Meet the Candidates Meet & Greet

The duty for Juvenile Court Clerk is to serve as a liaison for the community and the Davidson County Juvenile Court including areas of youth offenses, custody and child support. Currently there are eleven candidates and all were invited to participated in the Juvenile Court Clerk Debate.  The candidates are Republicans: Councilman Eric Crafton, Annette Crim and April Pennington; and Democrats: Jeff Brousal, Patricia Courts, school board member Karen Johnson, Howard Jones, incumbent Vic Lineweaver, David Smith, Jeff Crum, and Councilwoman Vivian Wilhoite.  Candidates Crafton, Crim, Crum, Pennington have declined participation in the debate.

Each candidate must adhere to the following: No campaign materials within the building.  This includes (but is not limited to) signs, print material, buttons and t-shirts; Because this debate is being held on state property, all campaigning and campaign materials must remain at least 100 ft. away from the building; Any disruptive or aggressive behavior will not be tolerated.  Anyone exhibiting this type of behavior will be removed from the premises.

The polls will be open for early voting April 14-April 29 and Election Day is May 4.

For more information or to RSVP, please call Rasheedat Fetuga directly at 615-481-2866 or email

About Gideon’s Army Grassroots Army for Children Gideon's Army Grassroots Army for Children is a direct action organization that attacks the root causes of injustice and inequity by organizing across generational lines to act collectively, boldly and strategically as a unified force for all children.  Gideon's Army asserts that the government and its local, statewide and national policies need to be based on the best interest of all youth.

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