Knoxville Events Photographer
A recent Metro Pulse article pretty much hit the nail on the head as to why you, me, I, your mother, your father, your…well, you get the picture, should vote in the Knox County General Election on August 7, 2014.
The article states: “If you aren’t a lawyer, and you don’t regularly spend time at the courthouse, Knox County judicial races are something you probably ignore.
Judges—or would-be judges—can’t run on issues the way politicians can. They can’t talk about how they would rule without the potential for serious trouble—ethics complaints, mistrials, even lawsuits. In short, judicial races are often kind of boring.
But most of you will end up in a local court at some point in your lives. You might be the victim of a crime. You might commit a crime. You might have an abusive boyfriend and need an order of protection. Your company might be sued. You might want a divorce. You might adopt a child. You might be stuck with a complicated probate after the death of a relative.
All of these issues—and plenty others—end up before a judge. And if that judge isn’t prepared or doesn’t understand the law, your life could be seriously impacted. Worse, if a really terrible judge gets elected, he’s on the bench for the next eight years, not just four.
This is why you need to pay attention to the five contested judicial races in August’s general election.”
One of the five contested judicial races is for Criminal Court Division III. Leland Price is one of the people running for that judgeship. I hope that the Knox County residents who are reading this post will go out and vote for him. The decisions a judge makes ripple through our every day lives: the swift conclusion to criminal court cases impacts our tax payer dollars, accountability of law enforcement ensures that we are continually protected, and fair sentencing of defendants not only reforms the individual offender, but deters others from committing crime while improving the overall well-being of our community. Serving as judge of a criminal court is a highly demanding job, and a judge with impeccable character, sound judgment and strong work-ethic is a must. I believe that Leland Price has all of those characteristics. I implore you to visit his campaign website and see what a truly remarkable man he is. I hope you will vote for him on August 7, 2014.