State Rep. Glen Casada to run for Williamson County Clerk

State Rep. Glen Casada, R-Franklin, pictured above, has pulled a petition to run for Williamson County Clerk against incumbent county clerk and fellow Republican Jeff Whidby in the 2022 election. (Courtesy state of Tennessee)
State Rep. Glen Casada, R-Franklin, pictured above, has pulled a petition to run for Williamson County Clerk against incumbent county clerk and fellow Republican Jeff Whidby in the 2022 election. (Courtesy state of Tennessee)

State Rep. Glen Casada, R-Franklin, pictured above, has pulled a petition to run for Williamson County Clerk against incumbent county clerk and fellow Republican Jeff Whidby in the 2022 election. (Courtesy state of Tennessee)

State Rep. Glen Casada, R-Franklin, who is leaving the state legislature this year after more than two decades, will run for Williamson County Clerk against incumbent Jeff Whidby, according to an updated list of candidate petitions from the Williamson County Election Commission.

Casada pulled his petition Jan. 18, according to the office, but had not filed it, according to Williamson County Election Administrator Chad Gray.

Casada, a former Speaker of the House who was first elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2001, announced his decision to end his career as a state lawmaker in November.

“I intend to use the same conservative leadership skills to bring greater efficiency and customer service to the Williamson County Clerk's office as I used to help make Tennessee a greater place to live, work and raise your family,” Casada said in a statement Jan. 21. “After 21 years of service in the General Assembly and being a factor that enabled the Republicans to attain majority status, it is time to let another serve as representative to the 63rd state house district and time for me to serve the citizens of Williamson County in a different role.”

Most recently, Casada served on the education and administration, and K-12 committees in the Tennessee General Assembly, according to his website. He also served on the Williamson County Commission from 1994-2001.


Casada’s decision to leave the House of Representatives later this year came after alleged exchanges of inappropriate text messages with his former chief of staff Cade Cothren surfaced in 2019, as well as turmoil when Cothren admitted to using illicit drugs in the legislative office building. He resigned as Speaker of the House that same year and was briefly placed on administrative leave in January 2021, after federal authorities conducted a warrant search of his government office in connection with an unspecified investigation, according to current House Speaker Rep. Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville.

The incumbent Whidby, a Republican, has been interim County Clerk since November and has been chief deputy clerk since 2011. He began working in the county clerk’s office in 2003.

Whidby was appointed as interim clerk after the resignation of his grandmother Elaine Anderson, who served as county clerk since 1998.


"At the November County Commission meeting the county commission appointed me to fulfill the vacant county clerk term," Whidby said by phone on Jan. 21. "I’ve worked in the office 19 years and been the chief deputy clerk for ten years, and I will be running in the May election and look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Williamson County in the role of County Clerk."
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