We happen to know one of the candidates running for the office of Soddy Daisy judge quite well: Christian Lanier. He has an impressive list of experience and commitment that is far beyond what is necessary or expected.
But what does this long list of accomplishments really tell us? Certainly there are others running who are also technically 'qualified', but let me share insight on the character of Chris Lanier. Chris made time - between litigating crucial criminal court cases and preparing briefs, etc.
- to meet with and resolve serious legal issues for our elderly parents (one with Alzheimers). This took time, and more than a ton of patience. Chris's priority was to see that their wishes were honored and protected... he went 'above and beyond' what you'd expect. I have to say, isn't that what we all hope a judge would do as well?
The amazing thing is that, for many years, Chris has worked tirelessly, often without recognition, on behalf of all the residents of Tennessee.
He has fought 'big government takeover' and championed the cause of those without a voice. He's the first in line to show up, roll up his sleeves, and tackle whatever daunting task is ahead; And, he's the last to toot his own horn, to postulate on his accomplishments, to take credit when he certainly earned it.
Goodness knows, our country has a real shortage of men like Chris; Clearly, he's no politician. What he is is a man whose love for the law and compassion for his fellow man is unequalled.
We have no hesitancy in recommending Christian Lanier for the judgeship; we need many more just like him.
John and Jo Peckinpaugh