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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.
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?
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
Administrative Office of the Courts
Tennessee Secretary of State
National Association of Women Judges’ “Informed Voters – Fair Judges” Project
League of Women Voters
HAMILTON COUNTY PRIMARY ELECTION
MAY 2014 BALLOT
CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE - DIVISIONS 1-4
DIVISION 1 CANDIDATES:
J. B. Bennett
Catherine Cate White
DIVISION 2 CANDIDATE:
Judge Jeff Hollingsworth
DIVISION 3 CANDIDATE
Judge L. Marie Williams
Judge W. Neil Thomas, III
CHANCERY COURT CHANCELLOR - PART 1 & 2
PART 1 CANDIDATES
Pam McNutt Fleenor
Joe E. Manuel
PART 2 CANDIDATE
Judge Jeff Atherton
CRIMINAL COURT JUDGE - DIVISIONS 1 - 3
Judge Barry Steelman - Division 1
Judge Rebecca Stern - Division 2
Judge Don Poole - Division 3
CIRCUIT COURT CLERK
CRIMINAL COURT CLERK
JUVENILE COURT JUDGE
Yolanda E. Mitchell
Judge Rob Philyaw
CHATTANOOGA CITY JUDGE - DIVISIONS 1 & 2
Judge Sherry Paty - Division 1
Judge Russell Bean - Division 2
Chattanooga Bar Association
Friday, March 7, 2014
Hamilton County Commission
Hamilton County Courthouse
Honorable Edward A. “Butch” Snyder
Ralph Russell Armstrong
John Lee, III
J. Guy Beatty, Jr.
Pro Bono Night
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Bessie Smith Hall
Doors open at 5:30.
This year, LAET will feature, for the first time ever,
co-hosts Chancellor Frank Brown and Judge Jaqueline Bolton.
We hope you can join Legal Aid of East Tennessee to honor the work all volunteer attorneys have done this past year in Chattanooga.
More information and award announcements will follow.