Tag Archives: District 44

On House District 44: Glaser vs. Lamberth

From The Tennessean’s review of the race in House District 44, a seat being vacated by Democratic Rep. Mike McDonald of Portland.
Democratic candidate Steve Glaser of Portland and Cottontown Republican William Lamberth say education is on the minds of voters after a much-debated local battle for school funding between the Sumner County Board of Education and the Sumner County Commission in August.
“I don’t think you can spend too much on schools,” said Glaser, an attorney and former Portland city judge. “That’s an investment that comes back around by helping us grow and improve economic development and providing better-paying jobs.”
Glaser said he wants to see the legislature put $333 million of the $563 million that exceeded last year’s in tax revenue estimates toward education. He favors restoring collective bargaining between teachers and school leaders by repealing the Professional Educators Collaborative Conferencing Act of 2011.
Lamberth, a Sumner County assistant district attorney, says the key to growing the economy and improving opportunities is placing more emphasis on career and technical education at the high school level. Local industry officials in Sumner County complain of not having enough qualified workers to fill higher-paying, skilled jobs, he said.
…The relatively tame race between the two attorneys took a turn last week when Glaser claimed Lamberth inappropriately accepted campaign donations in March from the family of Portland resident Kenneth Lame, who, in the 2010 shooting of his wife, was charged with second-degree murder but later pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of criminally negligent homicide.
Lamberth, assigned to prosecute drunk-driving cases and vehicular crimes, responded by saying he had no involvement in the case nor had he had a single conversation about it with anyone connected to the case.
Glaser further claimed Lamberth inappropriately accepted about $6,000 in donations from local attorneys, whose clients end up under his prosecution, but he admitted he didn’t think his opponent or the district attorney’s office did anything wrong.
For his part, Lamberth has stayed away from the topic of Glaser’s past bankruptcies and financial troubles with the Internal Revenue Service, saying he wanted to avoid a campaign of “mudslinging,” though the state Republican Party recently called on Glaser to suspend his campaign until he had paid his taxes.

House Candidate Faces Tax Liens

Democratic candidate Steve Glaser, his wife and law practice owe nearly $88,000 to the Internal Revenue Service in delinquent taxes, penalties and interest, according to The Tennessean. Glaser is seeking the House District 44 seat being vacated by Rep. Mike McDonald, D-Gallatin.
Federal and state tax collectors have filed at least 15 liens against Glaser for unpaid personal income, unemployment and business taxes as far back as 1988 and as recently as Aug. 14. The debts total more than $158,000, according to records on file with the Sumner County Register of Deeds.
Glaser, an attorney and former Portland city judge, conceded he owes the IRS back taxes but said he could not recall how much.
“I’m not ashamed of anything,” he said. “I’m doing the best I can to live in the world like everybody else. In life, you’re going to have successes and failures. It’s what you do about it that matters, and I’m paying my taxes.”
Glaser resigned as Portland’s city judge on Aug. 20, stepping down from a position he had held for nine years, to focus on his race against Cottontown Republican William Lamberth, a Sumner County assistant district attorney.
“I’m not a perfect candidate; I’ve had ups and downs just like everyone else. If the voters are looking for the perfect candidate, I’m not him,” Glaser said.
The liens against Glaser range from $82.43 in 2008 to $55,540 for unpaid federal income taxes between 1988 and 1992.
Of the $158,000 in total liens filed, records indicate Glaser has been released from $70,237 in back taxes owed from 1988 through 1994, 2001 and 2002.