One of the items on the August 3rd ballot is whether to retain some of the current judges on the Tennessee Supreme Court and various courts of appeals.


Larry Hensen feels fairly strongly that everyone should be thrown out except William C. Koch, Jr. in the Middle Division of the Court Of Appeals.

TeamGOP has endorsed the candidates researched and chosen by the Tennessee Federation of Republican Women, saying:

“Rank and file Republicans across this state should not be timid about standing by their convictions on this important issue when others may choose to sit on the sidelines,” said Ward. “Judges who use precedent and scholarship to interpret laws and the Constitution deserve our thanks and our support. Those judges who choose to legislate from the bench or let dangerous criminals out of of jail to create more mayhem should be sent home.”

Meanwhile, the TFRW notes that any judge voted out of office will be replaced by Democrat governor Bredesen. According to their website, the TFRW reasoning is driven more by ideology than research, which is not what TeamGOP implies says.


However, I will say that a whole slate of judges appointed by Bredesen is a scary thought, and so I am carrying forward the Tennessee Federation of Republican Women’s recommendation:

Supreme Court

YES   William A. Barker
  NO Cornelia A. Clark
YES   Janice Holder

East Appeals

  NO Herschel P. Franks
  NO Sharon G. Lee
  NO Charles Susano
YES   Michael Swiney

Middle Appeals

YES   William B. Cain
  NO Frank Clement
  NO Patricia Cottrell
YES   William C. Koch, Jr.

West Appeals

YES   William F. Crawford
YES   David Farmer
YES   Alan E. Highers
YES   Holly Kirby

East Criminal Appeals

YES   Norma McGee Ogle
  NO Joeseph M. Tipton
  NO Gary R. Wade
YES   James C. Witt, Jr.

Middle Criminal Appeals

  NO Jerry L. Smith
  NO Robert Wedemeyer
  NO David Welles
YES   Thomas Woodall

West Criminal Appeals

YES   Alan E. Glenn
  NO David Hayes
  NO J.C. McLin
YES   John E. Williams

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