MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Attorney Toby Gilley announced Monday that he will seek the Republican Party’s nomination for Rutherford County General Sessions Court judge during the May 6, 2014, primary election.
If elected to the position in the general election, Gilley would replace incumbent Judge Larry Brandon, a member of the Democratic Party.
Gilley, who has served for more than a decade on the Murfreesboro City Council, said he has focused on access to providing a healthy environment for small-business growth, safe and livable neighborhoods and continuing to improve education and recreation resources for the community.
He also serves as a hearing officer for the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, the organization that oversees the ethical responsibility of the state’s lawyers.
Gilley describes himself as a “conservative constitutionalist,” and as someone who as always sought justice in every case.
The Rucker, Rucker & Gilley Law Firm, of which he is a partner, is ranked at the highest level possible with the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, according to a press release sent out by his campaign.
The firm earned an preeminent rating, which Gilley said is a testament to the fact his peers rank the firm at the highest level of professional excellence.
“The courtroom is truly the one place in our great nation where all citizens are equal,” Gilley said. “And as a judge, it is my heartfelt goal to insure that all who enter the courtroom leave knowing that they have been heard and had their day.”
During his time on the City Council, Gilley has chaired the Risk Management Committee, served on the Murfreesboro water and power boards, and the Murfreesboro Planning Commission. He has also represented the City Council on the Cable Commission and Library Board.
“I believe my many years as a city councilman and as an attorney will be invaluable to me as the next General Sessions judge,” Gilley said. “Everyone wants the legal system to be fair, impartial and reasonable. That’s the kind of judge I will be.”
Gilley recently served as the treasurer for the Republican Party of Rutherford County. In 2012, he was awarded Rutherford County’s Republican of the Year.
Gilley was raised in McMinnville, Tenn., and received his undergraduate degree at Middle Tennessee State University, before earning his law degree at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
Gilley is now in his sixth year of teaching commercial and insurance law at MTSU. Additionally, Gilley has volunteered with organizations such as the Special Olympics and Read to Succeed, a local nonprofit organization that promotes literacy.
He and his wife, Laurie Gilley, have been married for 15 years. They have two children who attend public schools, and the family attends North Boulevard Church of Christ.
For more information about Gilley and his campaign, visit tobygilleyforjudge.com.