What is your background?
I have been a Conservative Christian
Republican for over 32 years. I have a deep commitment for honesty and integrity at all costs. I
am a lifelong Tennessee native, born and raised in Memphis, working summers with my grandfather on
his farm in Henderson County. I worked hard and paid my own way through college and law school. I
have a BA degree in Christian Education from Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi and my law
degree from UT Law School in Knoxville. My wife (Amy) and I married in 1986 and we have lived and
worked in East Tennessee ever since. I am a member of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church and have
taught adult Sunday School Classes and home Bible Studies for over 20 years. I have a deep desire
for helping children and I have been involved with Young Life, a Christian outreach for high school
students for over 32 years, and I have served as Chairman of the Loudon County Foster Care Review
Board for three years. I have coached and been a referee for youth sports for over 30 years. I
have been the Greenback City Attorney since 1996.
What are your
qualifications for this position?
I have the most Judicial related experience of any
candidate. I am the only candidate who has worked for two Federal Judges for three years, attending
trials with them, researching the law, and writing their orders and case opinions. I am the only
candidate who has been Substitute Judge for both the Loudon County General Sessions Court, as well
as the Lenoir City Court. My Legal trial experience covers all areas of General Sessions Court
jurisdiction - Juvenile, Probate, Criminal, Domestic and Civil law. I have over 25 years of legal
experience and training primarily as a trial lawyer covering most every county in East Tennessee. I
have extensive trial experience in all Tennessee Courts from General Sessions Court, Circuit Court,
Chancery Court, Criminal Court, Tennessee Court of Appeals, and the Tennessee Supreme Court. I also
have trial experience in Federal District Court, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and have
attended sessions before the United States Supreme Court. I am committed to hard work and deciding
all cases with impartial justice for everyone.
What do you believe
is the most pressing problem facing the office you are seeking and how would you propose that
problem be solved?
I believe the most pressing problem facing General Sessions Court Judge
is the same as it is for any Judge's position - Keeping a continual commitment to Impartial Justice
for Everyone and having the Moral Honesty and Integrity to follow through on that commitment. The
solution is to enforce laws as they are written - every day, every case, for everybody. The
solution is easy only if the Judge is committed to honesty and integrity and his/her actions in the
past demonstrate that commitment. In the final analysis, the voter has the ultimate decision on
whether a judicial candidate has a dependable, proven record of honesty and integrity, and whether
they can be trusted to dispense justice impartially.