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Elam Sues Own Government, Rejects Voters’ Decision

Mt. Juliet Mayor and freshman state Rep. Linda Elam has sued the city in a bid to hang onto her mayoral post, even though the people of Mt. Juliet in November voted overwhelmingly to ban city officeholders from holding other offices.

With the outcome decided by an almost 7-to-1 margin, the message seemed clear enough. Apparently not.

In her Jan. 11 court filing, which Radio Free Mt. Juliet has posted, Elam says that she will continue to serve as mayor as late as March 31 because “there are several City issues, particularly fire safety, that she should work to solve for her constituents.” Elam, a Republican, won election to the state House in November, beating Democrat Allen Barry and two independents in the District 57 contest. She replaced Susan Lynn, who lvacated the seat in a failed bid for the state Senate.

Elam’s legal fight has drawn sharp criticism from Mt. Juliet Commissioner Ed Hagerty, who told WSMV Channel 4 that “the proper thing to do would be to take the high road and resign” since holding both jobs creates a conflict of interest and violates city law.

Read more:

New Ethics Committee member knows a thing or two about ethics (Nashville Post)

Mount Juliet Mayor Sues To Keep City Position (WSMV Channel 4)

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Mr. Juliet Voters Ban Holding Dual Officeholders; Implications For Linda Elam

Mt. Juliet voters have approved a measure banning city officeholders from holding other offices, 5,212 to 762, with all precincts reporting.

The measure could affect Mt. Juliet Mayor Linda Elam, who has not said whether she would give up the post if she won her race for state House, The Tennessean reported last week. Elam, a Republican, is posting a strong lead in the District 57 race with 14,447 votes to Democrat Allen Barry’s 4,475. Neither of the independents, Luther Lenning and Heather Scott, has amassed 2,000 votes.

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Mt. Juliet Measure To Ban Holding Two Offices Ahead In Early Voting

The early voting totals in Mt. Juliet are in, and they show voters in favor of banning city officeholders from holding other offices. The measure is ahead, 2,589 to 251.

That could be a problem for Mt. Juliet Mayor Linda Elam, who has not said whether she would give up the post if she won her race for state House, The Tennessean reported last week. Elam, a Republican, is leading in the District 57 race with 9,902 votes to Democrat Allen Barry’s 2,791. Independents Luther Lenning and Heather Scott each have more than 1,000 votes so far.