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 ELECTION 2014


HOW TO FIND OUT ABOUT JUDICIAL CANDIDATES

The Purpose of this information on our website is to help educate voters on how to make independent, informed decisions about candidates for public office. However, it can sometimes be hard to decide among judicial candidates because most voters do not know much about their local judges. This is because most citizens do not routinely interact with judges in their communities, so they tend to know very little about how judges conduct themselves in the course of doing their jobs. In addition, state rules do not allow judicial candidates to discuss their views on controversial issues because judges must be impartial on the bench; if they discuss their personal beliefs, they might appear to be prejudiced toward a particular viewpoint.   

 HAMILTON COUNTY GENERAL ELECTION
AUGUST 2014 BALLOT


Sample Ballot for the
August 7 DEMOCRATIC State Primary and County General and Minicipal Election  



Sample Ballot for the
August 7 REPUBLICAN State Primary and County General and Municipal Election

 FIND YOUR POLLING LOCATION HERE

The following
Appellate Court Judges -
Tennessee Supreme Court and the Tennessee Court of Appeals
will appear on the General Election Ballot beginning with early voting on Friday, July 18th.

Election Day is Thursday, August 7, 2014.
You will be asked to either retain (keep) or replace the following 11 judges.  

TENNESSEE SUPREME COURT

Cornelia A. Clark
Sharon G. Lee
Gary R. Wade

Supreme Court Candidate Evaluation Poll Conducted by the Tennessee Bar Association 

For the first time in its history, the Tennessee Bar Association conducted a poll to compile the views of TBA members on the upcoming retention election for three Supreme Court justices. The TBA took this unprecedented step as part of its efforts to help ensure that the 2014 judicial elections maintain a fair, impartial and accountable judiciary. Results were released on June 13. See the results here.

TENNESSEE COURT OF APPEALS

Andy D. Bennett

Frank G. Clement
Richard H. Dinkins
Thomas R. Frierson, II
John Westley McClarty
J. Steven Stafford
Charles D. Susano
D. Michael Swiney 

Retention Elections Explained

What Does It Mean to Vote Retain? 

A vote to "retain" means you would like to see this judge remain on the bench, while a vote to "replace " means you no longer wish this judge to remain on the bench. Any judge who is not retained will be replaced through an appointment process. The Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission recommends that all of the appellate judges currently on the bench be retained on August 7, 2014. The Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission is a group selected by both the Speaker of the Senate and Speaker of the House, to evaluate each judge's performance, including whether each judge has performed his or her job in an unbiased and non-political manner. 

Why is the Appointment/Retention System Important to the Judicial System?

All of the appellate judges that will be on the August 2014 ballot were originally appointed by the Governor on each candidate’s experience and qualifications.  The Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission reviewed all of those appointments.  That Commission recommends retention of all of the judges on the ballot .

It is important that judges be neutral, review each case on the merits, and make decisions based on the law.  It is equally important that those decisions not be swayed or influenced by the political will or whims of the day.  Maintaining a system whereby judges are appointed based on the judge’s qualifications and past experience is important to maintaining a fair and impartial judiciary. 

Information about Tennessee’s Appellate Courts.

The Tennessee Court of Appeals, created in 1925, hears appeals in all civil cases from trial courts, as well as certain state boards and commissions.  The Court consists of  twelve members who hear cases in panels of three on a monthly basis.  All decisions by this Court may be appealed (by permission) to the Tennessee Supreme Court.  The Court hears cases in Jackson, Knoxville, and Nashville, and may meet in other places as necessary. 

 The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, created in 1967, hears appeals in all criminal cases and post-conviction relief petitions.  This Court consists of twelve members which hear cases in panels of three on a monthly basis.  All decisions by this Court may be appealed (by permission) to the Tennessee Supreme Court, except for capital case appeals which are automatically appealed to the Tennessee Supreme Court.  The Court hears cases in Jackson, Knoxville, and Nashville, and may meet in other places as necessary. 

The Tennessee Supreme Court is a five-member court, and is the state’s court of last resort.  The Court may entertain appeals of civil and criminal cases from lower state courts, interpret the law and constitutions of Tennessee and the United States, and may assume jurisdiction over any undecided cases from the two lower appellate courts when there is a need for an expedited decision.  The Court meets in Jackson, Knoxville, and Nashville, and may meet in alternate locations as necessary.  The Supreme Court hears oral arguments “on the road” a few times a year as part of the Supreme Court Advancing Legal Education for Students program. 

Where can I find the Evaluation of the Judges? 

2014 Tennessee Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission Report

 

CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE - DIVISIONS 1-4

DIVISION 1 CANDIDATES:
J. B. Bennett

DIVISION 2 CANDIDATE:
Judge Jeff Hollingsworth

DIVISION 3 CANDIDATE
Judge L. Marie Williams

DIVISION 4
Judge W. Neil Thomas, III


CHANCERY COURT CHANCELLOR - PART 1 & 2
PART 1 CANDIDATES

Pam McNutt Fleenor

PART 2 CANDIDATE
Judge Jeff Atherton 


CRIMINAL COURT JUDGE - DIVISIONS 1 - 3
DIVISION 1
Judge Barry Steelman

 DIVISION 2
Judge Rebecca Stern

DIVISION 3
Judge Don Poole
 

GENERAL SESSIONS COURT
DIVISION I 

The Honorable Christie M. Sell
Rex Sparks

DIVISION II
The Honorable David Bales

DIVISION III
The Honorable Clarence Shattuck

DIVISION IV
The Honorable Lila Statom

DIVISION V
The Honorable Gary W. Starnes 

DISTRICT ATTORNEY
Neal Pinkston

PUBLIC DEFENDER
Ardena Garth
Steven Smith

 

CIRCUIT COURT CLERK
Larry Henry


CRIMINAL COURT CLERK
Gwen Tidwell
Vince Dean

JUVENILE COURT JUDGE
Honorable Rob Philyaw
Yolanda E. Mitchell


CHATTANOOGA CITY JUDGE - DIVISIONS 1 & 2
Judge Sherry Paty - Division 1
Judge Russell Bean - Division 2 

 

To learn about candidates for judge in your area, read their campaign literature, attend candidates’ forums,
or invite them to speak to your group or organization. Talk to people who know the candidates, such as your attorney. 

INFORMATION SOURCES on VOTING and ELECTIONS  

Hamilton County Election Commission
http://elect.hamiltontn.gov/  

Administrative Office of the Courts
http://www.tsc.state.tn.us/

Tennessee Secretary of State
http://www.tn.gov/sos/election/ 

National Association of Women Judges’ “Informed Voters – Fair Judges” Project
http://ivp.nawj.org/

League of Women Voters
http://www.lwv.org/

League of Women Voters in Tennessee
http://lwvtn.org/  

VOTE YES on 2
http://voteyes2.org/

Constitutional Amendment

On Nov. 4, Tennessee voters will be asked to consider a new constitutional amendment (Amendment 2) that will change the way appellate judges are appointed and retained in the state. The Tennessee Bar Association has developed this Q&A piece to help voters understand the issues at stake. The TBA Board of Governors has voted to support the amendment and the association has endorsed the YES on 2 campaign led by Gov. Bill Haslam, former Gov. Phil Bredesen and former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson. Download Senate Joint Resolution 2, which also contains the text of the amendment and instructions for ballot consideration.

The Board of Governors of the Chattanooga Bar Association voted to support the Amendment
and has endorsed the YES on 2 campaign. 

 

SOME SAMPLES QUESTIONS TO ASK ABOUT A JUDICIAL CANDIDATE: 

  • As an attorney, has the candidate handled a variety of cases such as tax law, divorce, etc.?
  • If the candidate is a judge, has he/she presided over a variety of trials?
  • What is the opinion of practicing attorneys and/or the local bar association regarding the candidate?
  • Is the candidate considered impartial?
  • Does the candidate possess a deep commitment to the law?

 

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