David Norton Says He Remains Committed To Judge Campaign Despite Health Issue

Monday, July 2, 2012

General Sessions Court Judge David W. Norton announced today that, despite a health issue that has kept him away from several recent candidate events, he remains committed to his campaign to win his Hamilton County General Sessions Court seat by popular vote. 

He was appointed by the Hamilton County Commission following the sudden death of Judge Bob Moon earlier this year. The appointment extends until the Hamilton County General Election scheduled for Aug.

2.

“I am honored to be serving as General Sessions Judge through the August election and it’s my dream to continue to do the work I have come to love,” said Judge Norton. “Unfortunately, at a critical point during the campaign period, I have experienced the effects of an inherited, non life-threatening health condition that I have to deal with. This has kept me from campaigning as vigorously as I would like to.”

“I regret not being able to meet and talk with all the citizens of Hamilton County, and I ask voters to bear with me while I deal fully with this issue. I ask for your vote during early voting from July 13 through 28 and on our Aug. 2nd Election Day, so that I can continue to serve. I will keep the public advised of the progress of my recovery, and I trust that I will be back at work very soon. ”

His campaign pointed out that "Before Judge Norton’s Sessions Court appointment, he spent 28 years as assistant Hamilton County Attorney and 27 years as the elected city judge in Soddy Daisy. He also served for more than a quarter of a century as commissioner for the Hixson Utility District, and was appointed by the last four Tennessee governors to the State Utility Management Review Board. As required by law, Judge Norton resigned all these positions in March of 2012 in order to accept the appointment to Hamilton County Sessions Court. 

"In May, the Chattanooga Bar Association conducted a preference poll in which its members gave Judge Norton an overwhelming majority -- 52.8 percent -- of votes cast for the seven candidates who are running for the Sessions Court judgeship. Norton received 133 votes from the legal professionals who participated in the poll; his closest competitor received 62."


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: BEARDEN, KRISTIN B  128 MORNINGSIDE DRIVE SODDY DAISEY, 37379  Age at Arrest: 31 years old Arresting Agency: Soddy Daisy POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA POSSESSION OF DRUG SCHEDULED 2 --- BENSON, THOMAS GARY  3520 GOLD POINT CIR HIXSON, 37343  Age at Arrest: 38 years old Arresting ... (click for more)

Abdulazeez Apparently Went Target Shooting In River Gorge Area Prior To Rampage That Killed 5

A 24-year-old Hixson man who went on a rampage and killed five military personnel at Chattanooga apparently went target shooting in the Tennessee River Gorge area just beforehand. A Chattanoogan said he was canoeing the day before the shooting and heard Mohammad Abdulazeez shooting in the woods in a remote area. The man, who said he thought he was being shot at, looked ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Is A Blessed Community

I am an American by birth and a Chattanoogan by the Grace of God. (A phrase I borrowed from the late Lewis Grizzard and modified) I grew up in Chattanooga / East Ridge – Anna B. Lacey Elementary, Dalewood Junior High, Brainerd High, degree UTC.  My family lived in Chattanooga until March of this year but I’m still up every month visiting friends.   I have been following ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Orange Grove's Gonzales Takes Gold In World Special Olympics

Debra Gonzales, a resident at Orange Grove Center, is a world champion. The cute 21-year-old, who moved to Chattanooga two years ago, took first place in the shot put at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles after entering the event on a whim.  Debra’s winning throw of 4.49 meters bested a 4.30 heave by Darinka Pasapera of Peru while Grace Dindillo of Papua, ... (click for more)

CFC Returns To National Championship With 3-0 Semifinal Win

The Chattanooga Football Club didn't score until the 69th minute but after Chris Ochieng's first goal, they would score two more to earn a 3-0 win over visiting Indiana Fire.   The NPSL national semifinal win, before more than 9,200 fans, gives Chattanooga another shot at a national championship after losing to the New York Red Bulls U23 team in the 2014 final.   ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: Chattanooga FC Shuts Out Indiana By 3-Nil