Charles G. “Chuck” Ward would top Jennings Jones in the May 6 Republican primary for the district attorney general’s job if local attorneys have their say.
In a survey of the Rutherford and Cannon County Bar Association, Ward, an attorney based on the Public Square, received a rating of 2.36 to a rating of 1.9 for Jones, an assistant under District Attorney Bill Whitesell.
Of 177 local attorneys participating in the survey, 40.1 percent highly recommended and 29.9 percent recommended Ward, compared to 22.6 percent who highly recommended and 30.5 percent who recommended Jones. Of the respondents, 31 percent said they do not recommend Jones, while only 10.7 percent said they do not recommend Ward.
In the Republican race for public defender, incumbent Gerald Melton topped challenger Andy Brunelle by a 2.37 rating to 1.94 in the survey.
Of those participating, 41.8 percent highly recommended and 29.3 percent recommended Melton, while 21.4 percent highly recommended and 23.1 percent recommended Brunelle. More than 25 percent said they do not recommend Brunelle, compared to 11.3 who do not recommend Melton.
Aaron Conklin received more support from local attorneys than Kevin Hodges in the GOP race for General Sessions Judge, Division I, netting a 1.83 rating to Hodges’ 1.4. The winner will face incumbent General Sessions Court Judge Ben Hall McFarlin, who’s running as an independent, in the Aug. 7 county general election.
Conklin was highly recommended by 18.2 percent and recommended by 22.8 percent, while Hodges was highly recommended by 7.4 percent and recommended by 9.1 percent. A little more than 30 percent do not recommend Conklin, and 44 percent do not recommend Hodges.
Among three Republicans seeking the nomination for General Sessions Judge, Division II, Barry Tidwell rated the highest, receiving a 1.93 rating to 1.79 for Tom Frost and 1.41 for Eric Hennessee. The winner will face incumbent General Sessions Court Judge David Loughry, who is running as an independent, in August.
A little more than 18 percent highly recommended and 27.4 percent recommended Tidwell, while 16.5 percent highly recommended and 28.5 percent recommended Frost, and 7.4 percent highly recommended and 12.5 percent recommended Hennessee. More than 46 percent do not recommend Hennessee, while just over 32 percent do not recommend Frost and a little more than 22 percent do not recommend Tidwell.
For General Sessions Judge, Division III, Toby Gilley, a Murfreesboro city councilman based on the Public Square, netted a 2.21 rating and was highly recommended by 34.8 percent, recommended by 34.8 percent and not recommended by 16.57 percent. He will face incumbent General Sessions Court Judge Larry Brandon, a Democrat, in the general election.
For Juvenile Court judge, incumbent Donna Scott Davenport was highly recommended by 54.9 percent, recommended by 22.8 percent and not recommended by 11.1 percent. She is unopposed in the county general election.
Howard Wilson of Lascassas, who is also based on the Public Square, received a rating of 2.49 and was highly recommended by 46.8 percent, recommended by 33.3 percent and not recommended by 5 percent. He will be unopposed in August.
In Circuit Court Judge, Division III, incumbent Keith Siskin received a 2.68 rating, with 65.7 highly recommending, 27.53 percent recommending and only 1.1 percent not recommending. He is unopposed in August.
For Circuit Court Judge, Division II, Nathan Nichols netted a 1.44 rating, as 8.9 percent highly recommended, 13.4 percent recommended and 49.4 percent did not recommend. He will be matched against incumbent Circuit Court Judge David Bragg, an independent, in August.
In Circuit Court Division I, Jeffrey Peach, received a 1.48 rating, with 9.5 percent highly recommending, 14 percent recommending and 45.5 percent not recommending. He will face incumbent Judge Mark Rogers, an independent, in the Aug. 7 election.