The latest Nashville Bar Association poll shows high recommendation numbers for Mike Jameson and Phillip Robinson in the Davidson County judges primaries.
The poll revealed that roughly 49 percent of 1,062 NBA members “highly recommended” Jameson for a General Sessions seat. Jameson, a former Metro council member, was appointed by the council to replace Judge Leon Ruben as General Sessions judge in November 2011.
Rachel Bell, an attorney at Bell & Kinslow PLLC, and defense attorney Jack Byrd only received a combined 139 “high recommendation” votes, compared to Jameson's 518.
Robinson received a 40.8 percent “high recommendation” compared to attorney Stanley Kweller's 16.6 percent.
Howard Gentry is running unopposed in the Davidson County Criminal Court clerk race and received 38.3 percent “high recommendations.”
NBA Executive Director Gigi Woodruff said, “The goal of doing the poll is to provide the media and the public with information. The purpose is twofold: (1) to encourage the selection of qualified judges and public officials in the judicial system and (2) to have attorneys who are likely to know these candidates, both personally and professionally, provide an opinion on their qualifications.”
The survey was conducted online.
Early voting in the races started on Feb. 15, and Election Day is March 6.