No Probate clerk for Shelby County?

That’s what you’d have to assume if you follow the recommendations of candidates made by the Commercial Appeal.

They didn’t have one. Nobody was their choice. Editors wrote that the Probate Court clerk race  was a choice between “relatively inexperienced candidate Paul Boyd and Democrat Sondra Becton, who worked a number of years in the office, but left county employment in 2006 under a cloud of suspicion. Boyd is a Republican party campaigner who has worked in the city trustee’s office, but he has yet to demonstrate his readiness for the important administrative position.”

So honesty does not trump alleged criminality? And having worked in the city trustee’s office is inexperience?

They continue, “Becton worked for many years in the probate court clerk’s office, unsuccessfully running for clerk in 2002 and 2006, the same year she was fired as a benefits specialist in the county’s finance department for allegedly using her position to obtain and distribute confidential information about a probate office employee – an accusation that Becton denies.”

Alleged activity, but fired all the same.

The Tennessee Bar Association in August 2006 fills in a little bit more about Becton: “accused of using her post… to find and distribute confidential info during her political campaign against incumbent clerk Chris Thomas, who won re-election. .. Becton also is accused of distributing personal information, including the Social Security number of probate court clerk office administrator Annita Hamilton.”

I won’t have trouble deciding who to vote for. I guess the Commercial Appeal would have to go kicking and screaming to back a black Republican. And, I think we need a probate court clerk.

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