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Race for judge gets smaller
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Two expected candidates in the race for General Sessions Judge have declared they will not seek election.
Local attorneys Joshua Crain and Phillip Clemons say they have decided against running for office. The decision still leaves what’s expected to be a five-person field for the August election.
“At this point I’m looking at expanding my practice and going into a couple other counties so I will not be pursuing the judge’s seat in August,” said Crain. “My wife and I have discussed it and we determined now is not the time for us. I don’t want to rule out the possibility of running for another political office down the road, but it has to be the right time and now is not the right time.”
Added Clemons on his decision not to run, “The timing is just not right.”
General Sessions Judge Larry Ross retired in January with the Warren County Commission appointing Bill Locke to fill his seat until the August election. Both Crain and Clemons were among six local attorneys considered by the commission for the appointment. All six had indicated at the time they planned to run in August.
Three attorneys have already completed and returned their qualifying papers to have their names placed on the ballot. They are Jean Brock, Susan Marttala, and Mary Pirtle.
In addition, Locke has picked up qualifying papers but has not returned them. Steve Roller has not picked up qualifying papers, but said yesterday he intends to run.
Qualifying deadline is April 5 at noon. That’s also the same qualifying deadline for School Board, Tennessee House and Senate, and the county’s one vacant constable position in the 7th District.