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Tennessee Election Information – Primary Races

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Ratings: Every candidate is considered after thorough research; we also have a questionnaire for candidates to complete, including our Tennessee Taxpayers Protection Pledge.

Our highest ratings go to candidates who will defend freedom, stand for free enterprise, or have a conservative and/or biblical worldview based on their ability to stand firm against efforts to increase taxes, size of government, weaken law and order, and crush individual freedom. Here is our rating system:

  • ***** The best candidate. Our strongest endorsement.
  • **** Very good.
  • *** Acceptable.
  • ** Vote only to prevent worse candidate(s) from winning.
  • * Terrible. Do Not Vote. All your other votes will count.

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KNOX COUNTY RATINGS

 

Tennessee; Knox County, Governor of Tennessee; Primary Election

Bill Lee, Republican (Incumbent) **** (Endorsed)

Camita Atwater, Democrat *

Jason Martin, Democrat *

JB Smiley Jr., Democrat **

 

Tennessee; Knox County, State Senate, District 5; Republican Primary

Randy McNally, Republican ****

Earle Segrest, Republican **** (Endorsed)

 

Tennessee; Knox County, State Senate, District 7; Republican Primary

Richard M. Briggs, Republican ***

Kent A. Morrell, Republican **** (Endorsed)

Bryan Langan, Democrat (Not Rated)

 

Tennessee; Knox County, US House, District 2, Primary

Tim Burchett, Republican **** (Endorsed)

Mark Harmon, Democrat (Not Rated)

 

Tennessee; Knox County, TN House, District 14, Primary

Jason Zachary, Republican **** (Endorsed)

Amanda Collins, Democrat *

 

Tennessee; Knox County, TN House, District 15, Primary

Pete Drew, Republican **** (Endorsed)

Sam McKenzie, Democrat **

 

Tennessee; Knox County, TN House, District 16, Republican Primary

Michele Carringer, Republican (No Competition)

 

Tennessee; Knox County, TN House, District 18; Primary

Elaine Davis, Republican **** (Endorsed)

Janet Testerman, Republican ***

Gregory B. Kaplan (Not Rated)

 

Tennessee; Knox County, TN House, District 19; Primary

Dave Wright, Republican ****

Zeke Streetman, Democrat **

Mary Ann Rochat, Independent ***** (Endorsed)

 

Tennessee; Knox County, TN House, District 89; Primary

Justin Lafferty, Republican **** (Endorsed)

M.D. Dotson, Democrat **

 

Tennessee; Knox County, TN House, District 90; Primary

David “Pozy” Poczobut, Republican **** (Endorsed)

Gloria Johnson, Democrat **

 

Tennessee; State Executive Committeeman, District 5, Primary

Tim Hutchison, Republican ***

Scott Smith, Republican **** (Endorsed)

Jack Vaughan, Democrat *

 

Tennessee; State Executive Committeeman, District 6, Primary

Brian Hornback, Republican *

Sam Maynard, Republican ****

Randy Pace, Republican **** (Endorsed)

Mark Siegel, Democrat *

 

Tennessee; State Executive Committeeman, District 7, Primary

Leonard “Doc” Brown, Republican ***

Rob Gray, Republican ***

Kent A. Morrell, Republican **** (Endorsed)

Wayne Sellars, Republican ***

Dennis B. Francis, Democrat (Not Rated) **

 

Tennessee; State Executive Committeewoman, District 5, Primary

Terry Frank, Republican **** (Endorsed)

Amy Jones, Republican ***

Anne W. Backus, Democrat **

 

Tennessee; State Executive Committeewoman, District 6, Primary

Jane Chedester, Republican *** (Endorsed)

Sylvia S. Woods, Democrat **

 

Tennessee; State Executive Committeewoman, District 7, Primary

Karen J. Brown, Republican ***

Janis C. Crye, Republican **** (Endorsed)

Virginia Couch, Democrat (Not Rated) **

 

Tennessee; Knox County, County Mayor

Glenn Jacobs, Republican **** (Endorsed)

Debbie Helsley, Democrat *

 

Tennessee; Knox County, County Commission, District 3, General Election

Stuart Hohl, Democrat **

Gina Oster, Republican **** (Endorsed)

 

Tennessee; Knox County, County Commission, District 7, General Election

Rhonda Lee, Republican (No Competition)

 

Tennessee; Knox County, County Commission, At-Large Seat 10, General Election

Larsen Jay, Republican *** (Endorsed)

Dylan Earley, Democrat **

 

Tennessee; Knox County, County Commission, At-Large Seat 11, General Election

Vivian Underwood Shipe, Democrat **

Kim Frazier, Republican *** (Endorsed)

Donald Bridges, Independent (Not Rated)

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Tennessee; Knox County, County Trustee, General Election

Justin Biggs, Republican **** (Endorsed)

Dave “Caz” Cazalet, Democrat *

 

Tennessee; Knox County, Sheriff, General Election

Tom Spangler, Republican (No Competition)

 

Tennessee; Knox County, Circuit, Civil Sessions, and Juvenile Court Clerk, General Election

Charlie Susano, Republican *** (Endorsed)

Dana E. Moran, Democrat (Not Rated)

 

Tennessee; Knox County, Criminal Court Clerk, General Election

Mike Hammond, Republican (No Competition)

 

Tennessee; Knox County, County Clerk, General Election

Sherry Witt, Republican (No Competition)

 

Tennessee; Knox County, Register of Deeds, General Election

Nick McBride, Republican *** (Endorsed)

Scott Crammond, Democrat *

 

Tennessee; Knox County, School Board, District 1, Democratic Primary

John Butler, Democrat *

Breyauna Holloway, Independent *

Reginald Jackson, Independent *** (Endorsed)

 

Tennessee; Knox County, School Board, District 4, General Election

Will Edwards, Republican **** (Endorsed)

Katherine Bike, Democrat (Not Rated)

 

Tennessee; Knox County, School Board, District 6, General Election

Betsy Henderson, Republican ***** (Endorsed)

Phillip Michael Sherman, Independent *

 

Tennessee; Knox County, School Board, District 7, General Election

Dominique Oakley, Independent **

Steve Triplett, Republican *** (Endorsed)

 

Tennessee; Knox County, School Board, District 9, General Election

Kristi Kristy, Republican **** (Endorsed)

Anabel Henley, Democrat (Not Rated)

 

Tennessee; Knox County, Mayor of Farragut

Bill Johns ***

Ron Williams **** (Endorsed)

 

Tennessee; Knox County, Alderman – Ward 1 – Farragut

Adam Atherton ***

James “Jim” Hill **

Scott J. Meyer **** (Endorsed)

 

Tennessee; Knox County, Alderman – Ward 2 – Farragut

Marty L. Layman *** (Endorsed)

David White **

 

JUDICIAL RATINGS

 

Judges sitting on the courts may be incompetent, corrupt or lazy. Even worse, many are political opportunists with a political agenda.

 

There are two types of judges: judicial activists and strict constructionists. A judicial activist legislates from the bench. Instead of strictly interpreting law, these judges make the laws. Instead of applying the law to facts, they rule based on their own values.

 

Judicial activists overturn voter-passed initiatives and laws passed by the state legislature because they personally have a different belief system, twist the law to rationalize their decisions, and impose their own moral codes, political beliefs, and secular values in an effort to reshape our society and promote social engineering.

 

Strict constructionists impartially arrive at a fair judgment based on law.

 

Judicial activists are usually more liberal; strict constructionists are usually more conservative.

HOW WE COME UP WITH A FINAL RATING

We come up with a final rating by taking the average of the candidate’s Judicial Index and Qualifications. For example, if the candidate had a Judicial Index of 8 and Qualifications of 6, their overall rating would be 7.

Rating

Judges are rated on a scale of 1-5 — 5 being best.

5 Stars – The best candidate. Our strongest endorsement
4 Stars – Very good
3 Stars – Acceptable
2 Stars – Vote only to prevent worse candidate(s) from winning
1 Star – Terrible. Do Not Vote, Unless We Say Endorsed. All Other Votes Will Count

 

Tennessee; Knox County, Circuit Court Judge, Division I, District 6

Jerome Melson, Republican (No Competition)

 

Tennessee; Knox County, Circuit Court Judge, Division II, District 6

William T. (Bill) Ailor, Republican (No Competition)

 

Tennessee; Knox County, Circuit Court Judge, Division III, District 6

Deborah C. Stevens, Republican (No Competition)

 

Tennessee; Knox County, Chancellor, Part I, District 6

John F. Weaver, Republican (No Competition)

 

Tennessee; Knox County, Chancellor, Part II, District 6

Richard “Bud” Armstrong, Republican (No Competition)

 

Tennessee; Knox County, Chancellor, Part III, District 6

Christopher D. Heagerty, Republican (No Competition)

 

Tennessee; Knox County, Criminal Court Judge, Division I, District 6

Steven W. Sword, Republican (No Competition)

 

Tennessee; Knox County, Criminal Court Judge, Division II, District 6

Kyle Hixson, Republican (No Competition)

 

Tennessee; Knox County, Criminal Court Judge, Division III, District 6

Scott Green, Republican (No Competition)

 

Tennessee; Knox County, District Attorney, General District 6

Charme P. Allen, Republican **** (Endorsed)

Jackson M. Fenner, Democrat *

 

Tennessee; Knox County, Public Defender, General District 6

Eric M. Lutton, Republican (No Competition)

 

Tennessee; Knox County, General Sessions Judge, Division I

Chuck Cerny, Republican **** (Endorsed)

Sarah Keith, Democrat **

 

Tennessee; Knox County, General Sessions Judge, Division II

Judd Davis, Republican (No Competition)

 

Tennessee; Knox County, General Sessions Judge, Division III

Patricia Long, Republican (No Competition)

 

Tennessee; Knox County, General Sessions Judge, Division IV

Andrew Jackson, VI., Republican (No Competition)

 

Tennessee; Knox County, General Sessions Judge, Division V

Tony W. Stansberry, Republican (No Competition)

 

Tennessee; Knox County, Juvenile Court Judge

Timothy E. Irwin, Republican (No Competition)

 

Tennessee; Supreme Court, Judicial Retention, At Large, General Election

Sarah K. Campbell ***** (Recommend a Retain Vote)

 

Tennessee; Supreme Court, Judicial Retention, At Large, General Election

Holly Kirby **** (Recommend a Retain Vote)

 

Tennessee; Supreme Court, Judicial Retention, At Large, General Election

Sharon Gail Lee ** (Recommend Vote to Replace)

 

Tennessee; Supreme Court, Judicial Retention, At Large, General Election

Roger A. Page **** (Recommend a Retain Vote)

 

Tennessee; Tennessee Supreme Court, Judicial Retention, At Large, General Election

Jeffrey S. Bivins *** (Recommend a Retain Vote)

 

Tennessee; Court of Criminal Appeals, Judicial Retention, Middle Division, General Election

Jill Bartee Ayers **** (Recommend a Retain Vote)

 

Tennessee; Court of Criminal Appeals, Judicial Retention, Eastern Division, General Election

James C. Witt, Jr. **** (Recommend a Retain Vote)

 

Tennessee; Court of Criminal Appeals, Judicial Retention, Middle Division, General Election

Timothy L. Easter **** (Recommend a Retain Vote)

 

Tennessee; Court of Criminal Appeals, Judicial Retention, Middle Division, General Election

Robert L. Holloway *** (Recommend Vote to Replace)

 

Tennessee; Court of Criminal Appeals, Judicial Retention, Middle Division, General Election

Robert W. Wedemeyer ** (Recommend Vote to Replace)

 

Tennessee; Court of Criminal Appeals, Judicial Retention, Western Division, General Election

John W. Campbell, Sr. **** (Recommend a Retain Vote)

 

Tennessee; Court of Criminal Appeals, Judicial Retention, Western Division, General Election

John Everett Williams **** (Recommend a Retain Vote)

 

Tennessee; Court of Criminal Appeals, Judicial Retention, Western Division, General Election

J. Ross Dyer **** (Recommend a Retain Vote)

 

Tennessee; Court of Criminal Appeals, Judicial Retention, Western Division, General Election

Camille McMullen ** (Recommend Vote to Replace)

 

Tennessee; Court of Appeals, Judicial Retention, Eastern Division, General Election

Kristi Davis ***** (Recommend a Retain Vote)

 

Tennessee; Court of Appeals, Judicial Retention, Eastern Division, General Election

Thomas R. “Skip” Frierson *** (Recommend a Retain Vote)

 

Tennessee; Court of Appeals, Judicial Retention, Eastern Division, General Election

John W. McClarty * (Recommend Vote to Replace)

 

Tennessee; Court of Appeals, Judicial Retention, Eastern Division, General Election

Robert H. Montgomery, Jr. **** (Recommend a Retain Vote)

 

Tennessee; Court of Appeals, Judicial Retention, Eastern Division, General Election

Mike Swiney **** (Recommend a Retain Vote)

 

Tennessee; Court of Appeals, Judicial Retention, Middle Division, General Election

Andy Bennett ** (Recommend Vote to Replace)

 

Tennessee; Court of Appeals, Judicial Retention, Middle Division, General Election

Frank Clement * (Recommend Vote to Replace)

 

Tennessee; Court of Appeals, Judicial Retention, Middle Division, General Election

Neal McBrayer **** (Recommend a Retain Vote)

 

Tennessee; Court of Appeals, Judicial Retention, Western Division, General Election

Kenny W. Armstrong *** (Recommend a Retain Vote)

 

Tennessee; Court of Appeals, Judicial Retention, Western Division, General Election

Arnold B. Goldin *** (Recommend a Retain Vote)

 

Tennessee; Court of Appeals, Judicial Retention, Western Division, General Election

Carma Dennis McGee **** (Recommend a Retain Vote)

 

Tennessee; Court of Appeals, Judicial Retention, Western Division, General Election

Steve Stafford * (Recommend Vote to Replace)

 

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