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VOL. 129 | NO. 127 | Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Memphis Bar Judicial Poll Released

By Bill Dries

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The Memphis Bar Association poll of attorneys on the judicial races on the Aug. 7 ballot shows 16 percent to as high as 38 percent of the attorneys participating have no opinion in many of the judicial races.

But the attorneys overwhelmingly favor District Attorney General Amy Weirich in her re-election bid, over Democratic challenger Joe Brown. Weirich was the choice of 79.4 percent of those participating in the poll whose results were released Monday, June 30.

Other surprises show 46.7 percent of those polled had no opinion in the race for Probate Court clerk with 43.1 percent favoring Republican incumbent Paul Boyd and 10.2 percent favoring Democratic challenger William Chism.

The poll also indicates the race for Juvenile Court judge could be close. Among bar members, 47.6 percent chose Juvenile Court chief magistrate Dan Michael and 31.3 percent favored City Court Judge Tarik Sugarmon with 21.1 percent having no opinion.

A total of 1,383 attorneys participated. The poll was distributed to all practicing attorneys and judges in Shelby County.

The judicial races on the August ballot are on the ballot once every eight years making the total ballot in those years the longest of any election cycle in Shelby County politics.

Here are the results of the polls as posted by the Memphis Bar Association:

Chancellor of Chancery Court, Part 1

Walter L. Evans 42.2 percent
Michael Richards 34.7 percent
No opinion 23.1 percent

Chancellor of Chancery Court, Part 2

Ken Besser 4.3 percent
Jim Kyle 28.1 percent
Jim Newsom 35.3 percent
Paul A. Robinson Jr. 3.2 percent
No opinion 29.1 percent

Judge of Circuit Court, Division 1

Julie Dichtel Byrd 8.2 percent
Felicia Corbin-Johnson 8.0 percent
Leah J. Roen 20.8 percent
Kyle Wiggins 34.2 percent
No opinion 28.8 percent

Judge of Circuit Court, Division 2

Kevin E. Reed 14.9 percent
James F. Russell 47.3 percent
Robert A. Wampler 21.7 percent
No opinion 16.1 percent

Judge of Circuit Court, Division 3

D'Army Bailey 36.0 percent
Lee Ann Pafford Dobson 42.0 percent
No opinion 22.0 percent

Judge of Circuit Court, Division 4

Gina Carol Higgins 55.5 percent
Matthew Steven Russell 19.5 percent
No opinion 25.0 percent

Judge of Circuit Court, Division 5

Joseph E. "Joe" Garrett 9.9 percent
Rhynette Northcross Hurd 59.7 percent
Dwight T. Moore 3.8 percent
No opinion 26.6 percent

Judge of Circuit Court, Division 8

Venita Martin Andrews 8.5 percent
Charles W. McDonald 3.5 percent
Robert "Bob" Weiss 66.4 percent
Cedrick D. Wooten 4.7 percent
No opinion 16.9 percent

Judge of Criminal Court, Division 1

Michael G. Floyd 3.1 percent
Nigel R. Lewis 5.8 percent
Paula Skahan 64.2 percent
No opinion 26.9 percent

Judge of Criminal Court, Division 3

Latonya Sue Burrow 15.8 percent
Bobby Carter 58.5 percent
No opinion 25.7 percent

Judge of Criminal Court, Division 5

Jim Lammey 62.8 percent
Mozella T. Ross 8.4 percent
No opinion 28.8 percent

Judge of Criminal Court, Division 6

John W. Campbell 62.0 percent
Alicia Howard 9.2 percent
No opinion 28.8 percent

Judge of Criminal Court, Division 7

Kenya Brooks 8.1 percent
Lee V. Coffee 63.4 percent
No opinion 28.5 percent

Judge of Criminal Court, Division 9

Christine Cane 6.0 percent
Mark Ward 72.4 percent
No opinion 21.6 percent

Judge of Probate Court, Division 1

Damita Dandridge 4.1 percent
Kathleen N. Gomes 60.7 percent
Richard Parks 4.6 percent
No opinion 30.6 percent

Judge of Probate Court, Division 2

Danny W. Kail 23.6 percent
Karen D. Webster 46.6 percent
No opinion 29.8 percent

Judge of General Sessions Civil Court, Division 1

Sheila Bruce-Renfroe 10.7 percent
Lynn Cobb 68.6 percent
No opinion 20.7 percent

Judge of General Sessions Civil Court, Division 2

Phyllis B. Gardner 82.4 percent
Myra May-Hamilton 4.8 percent
No opinion 12.8 percent

Judge of General Sessions Civil Court, Division 3

John A. Donald 49.9 percent
David L. Pool 25.4 percent
No opinion 24.7 percent

Judge of General Sessions Civil Court, Division 5

Ellen Fite 44.2 percent
Betty Thomas Moore 35.0 percent
No opinion 20.8 percent

Judge of General Sessions Civil Court, Division 6

Christian Johnson 6.7 percent
Lonnie Thompson 64.3 percent
No opinion 29.0 percent

Judge of General Sessions Criminal Court, Division 7

Bill Anderson 53.1 percent
James Jones Jr. 9.1 percent
No opinion 37.8 percent

Judge of General Sessions Criminal Court, Division 8

Tim J. Dwyer 77.0 percent
J. Nathan Toney 5.2 percent
No opinion 17.8 percent

Judge of General Sessions Criminal Court, Division 9

Melissa Boyd 3.0 percent
Joyce Broffitt 27.9 percent
Gerald Skahan 39.8 percent
No opinion 29.3 percent

Judge of General Sessions Criminal Court, Div. 10

Cathy Anderson-Kent 17.2 percent
Chris Turner 44.5 percent
No opinion 38.3 percent

Judge of General Sessions Criminal Court, Div. 11

Mischelle Alexander Best 14.2 percent
Karen Lynne Massey 44.2 percent
No opinion 41.6 percent

Judge of General Sessions Criminal Court, Div. 12

Bryan A. Davis 11.6 percent
S. Ronald Lucchesi 37.2 percent
Gwen Rooks 17.5 percent
No opinion 33.7 percent

Judge of General Sessions Criminal Court, Div. 14

Kim Gilmore-Sims 7.5 percent
Larry Potter 75.6 percent
No opinion 16.9 percent

Judge of Juvenile Court

Dan Holman Michael 47.6 percent
Tarik B. Sugarmon 31.3 percent
No opinion 21.1 percent

Shelby County District Attorney General

Joe Brown 15.3 percent
Amy Weirich 79.4 percent
No opinion 5.3 percent

Circuit Court Clerk

Rhonda Banks 8.3 percent
Jimmy Moore 70.5 percent
No opinion 21.2 percent

Criminal Court Clerk

Richard DeSaussure 52.4 percent
Wanda Halbert 14.6 percent
No opinion 33.0 percent

Probate Court Clerk

Paul Boyd 43.1 percent
William Chism 10.2 percent
No opinion 46.7 percent

Juvenile Court Clerk

Henri Brooks 6.0 percent
Morrie Noel 2.2 percent
Joy Touliatos 63.1 percent
No opinion 28.7 percent

Shall Cornelia A. Clark be retained as a Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court?

Yes 78.3 percent
No 7.3 percent
No opinion 14.4 percent

Shall Sharon G. Lee be retained as a Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court?

Yes 78.2 percent
No 7.0 percent
No opinion 14.8 percent

Shall Gary R. Wade be retained as a Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court?

Yes 79.3 percent
No 6.7 percent
No opinion 14.0 percent

Shall J. Steven Stafford be retained as a Judge of the Tennessee Court of Appeals?

Yes 77.7 percent
No 4.9 percent
No opinion 17.4 percent

Shall Alan E. Glenn be retained as a Judge of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals?

Yes 77.6 percent
No 3.2 percent
No opinion 19.2 percent

Shall Roger A. Page be retained as a Judge of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals?

Yes 70.6 percent
No 4.5 percent
No opinion 24.9 percent

Shall Camille R. McMullen be retained as a Judge of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals?

Yes 70.4 percent
No 8.6 percent
No opinion 21.0 percent

Shall John Everett Williams be retained as a Judge of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals?

Yes 69.3 percent
No 4.0 percent
No opinion 26.7 percent

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