7 Vie For General Sessions Judge; 10 In Running For Soddy Daisy Judge

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Seven candidates qualified for an open General Sessions Court judge seat for the Aug. 2 election. The seat was held by the late Judge Bob Moon.

There are 10 candidates in the running for a vacancy for judge of Soddy Daisy Court.

David Norton was the longtime judge at Soddy Daisy, but he was named by the County Commission as judge in General Sessions Court until the election.   

Judge Norton is running for a full time in General Sessions Court. Others who will be on the ballot are Joe G. DeGaetano, Patricia Best Vital, Ron Powers, Gary Starnes, Valerie Epstein and Yolanda Mitchell.

Bob Davis was a last-minute entry for Soddy Daisy judge. Other candidates are Marty Lasley, Mike Little, Chris Lanier, J. Chad Hogue, Mitchell Meeks, John McDougal, Bryan Hoss, Mike Acuff and John Meldorf. There is no requirement that the judge live in Soddy Daisy.

The Soddy Daisy City Commission is expected to appoint an attorney to serve until the election.

General Sessions Court Judge

Patricia Best Vital

Ron Powers

Gary Starnes

Valerie Epstein

Yolanda Mitchell

David Norton

Joe DeGaetano

Soddy Daisy Judge

Marty Lasley

Mike Little

Chris Lanier

J. Chad Hogue

Mitchell Meeks 

John McDougal

Bryan Hoss

Mike Acuff

John Meldorf

Bob Davis


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