published Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Pam Fleenor, J.B. Bennett win Hamilton County judge seats

Nadine Mitchell completes her voting Tuesday morning at the East Ridge 1 voting precinct.
Nadine Mitchell completes her voting Tuesday morning at the East Ridge 1 voting precinct.
Photo by Tim Barber.

HAMILTON COUNTY VOTE TOTALS

JUDGES

Circuit Court

Division 1

J.B. Bennett (R) -- 11,383

Catherine White (R) -- 4,735

*Stuart James (D) -- 4,690

Division 2

*J. Hollingsworth (R) -- 13,025

Division 3

*Marie Williams (R) -- 12,742

Division 4

*Neil Thomas III (R) -- 12,811

Chancery Court

Division 1

Pam Fleenor (R) -- 11,297

Joe Manuel (R) -- 4,438

Division 2

*Jeff Atherton (R) -- 12,337

Criminal Court

Division 1

*Barry Steelman (R) -- 13,628

Division 2

*Rebecca Stern (R) -- 13,429

Division 3

*Don Poole (D) -- 4,846

City Court

Division 1

*Sherry Paty -- 8,632

Division 2

*Russell Bean -- 8,808

Juvenile Court

*Rob Philyaw (R) -- 12,332

*Y. Mitchell (D) -- 5,122

*Unopposed

Note: All results are unofficial until certified by the Election Commission.

Two candidates for separate judicial posts in Hamilton County have likely won their general election seats after the Tuesday primary.

Pam McNutt Fleenor won the Republican primary contest for the open Chancellor seat 11,297 with votes over opponent Joe Manuel who received 4,438.

"I had a lot of people who helped. I really appreciate everybody who voted," Fleenor said. "I am humbled and honored to serve Hamilton County and I will continue the service of the honorable Frank Brown."

Brown announced last year he would not seek re-election.

Fleenor began her law career in 1986 and worked in areas such as personal injury, civil rights violations, employment defense, breach of contract and complex commercial litigation.

Joining Fleenor on the bench will be J.B. Bennett in Circuit Court, Division 1, who took 11,383 votes over opponent Catherine Cate White, who garnered 4,735 votes.

"I'm very honored and humbled that so many people have supported me in this endeavor and worked so hard to support me," Bennett said.

Bennett has practiced law since 1993 with the firm Spears, Moore, Rebman and Williams. He's worked in areas of civil law.

Stuart James grabbed 4,690 votes as an unopposed Democrat in Circuit Court race but he dropped out of the race in March.

The Circuit Court seat opened when Judge Jacqueline Bolton announced she would not seek another term.

None of the Criminal Court, Chattanooga city judges or remaining Chancery or Circuit judge candidates faced primary opposition.

Republican Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw will face Democratic primary winner Yolanda Mitchell in the Aug. 7 general election. Neither had primary competition.

Contact Staff Writer Todd South at tsouth@timesfree press.com or 423-757-6347. Follow him on Twitter @tsouthCTFP.

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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