Jameson gets a pair of challengers in judicial primary

Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 1:47pm

Mike Jameson, the former Metro Councilman turned General Sessions Court judge, will have to fend off two opponents in the Democratic Party primary in March to continue serving on the bench after next year.

Candidates had until noon Thursday to qualify for runs in the March 6 party primaries. Metro’s general election is set for Aug. 2.

Jameson, appointed by the council last month to fill the General Sessions vacancy created by the death of Judge Leon Ruben, had made it clear from the outset he would run for the judge position in the 2012 election, appointing a treasurer back in October.

Attorneys Rachel Bell and Jack Byrd are mounting challenges for General Sessions Division VIII judge, both submitting qualifying papers to run for the seat.

Bell is an attorney and managing partner at Bell & Kinslow, PLLC. She was one of several who lost to Jameson during the council’s special appointment.

Unlike Bell, Byrd did not initially run for the open judge position.

Attorney Michael Rowan has submitted petition signatures to qualify to run for the judgeship as an independent. Election commission officials said they had not yet verified Rowan’s signatures.

7 Comments on this post:

By: Jughead on 12/8/11 at 2:00

Please bring Muriel Robinson back. She was nice.

By: lcl7337 on 12/8/11 at 10:47

I don't know Jameson, have never seen him in sessions, criminal court, or civil court for that matter. I see Jack Byrd in all 3 courts everyday, where he represents clients and frequently sits as a special judge. I have no doubt both men have their strengths but sessions is a mad house and calls for someone who knows the ropes and demands respect. That would be Jack Byrd.

By: govskeptic on 12/9/11 at 8:13

We should all be grateful that at least this is a Judgeship where the
people can have a choice and vote. This "Missouri Plan" where it's
only an up or down vote on the existing Judges of higher Courts
is a true fraud on the citizens that the Bar Association got passed
many yrs ago. Gov. Dunn who signed this into law has since stated
that was a mistake. Press your legislator to revert this to what our
Tenn. Constitution calls for!.

By: big tuna on 12/9/11 at 8:51

to lcl7337: There must have been a time when Mr. Byrd lacked the experience that you deem vital. So in your world, only judges become judges ? As you said, you don't know Jameson. Give him a chance, and he will be great. He'll also gain that experience that you value above all...

By: Jughead on 12/9/11 at 10:34

Re: Byrd. I just can't vote for someone named after an animal.

On the other hand, Jameson is named after whiskey, and that's a good thing. I voted for Obama because he had a cool name.

By: Jughead on 12/9/11 at 10:35

I see enough of Rachel Bell on the back of smelly MTA busses.

We really need Vic Lineweaver or Eric Crafton to run. Them's some candidates we can count on!

By: Jughead on 12/9/11 at 10:39

@TharonChandler: Good post, and right on point. Keep the bread puddin recipes coming. Peaceout.