J.B. Bennett Announces Candidacy For Hamilton County Circuit Court Judge

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
J.B. Bennett
J.B. Bennett

Saying he was acting with the encouragement of family and friends, J.B. Bennett officially announced his candidacy for Hamilton County Circuit Court Judge, Division 1, in the Republican Primary.  Judge Jacqueline Bolton recently announced her decision not to seek re-election. 

“Today, after much prayer and guidance, I am announcing my candidacy for Circuit Court Judge in the Republican Primary,” said Mr. Bennett. “For many years, I have sought the right opportunity to serve the citizens of Hamilton County, who have been so very good to me and my family. I believe my experience, temperament and sense of fairness make me the right choice to be Circuit Court Judge.”

Acknowledging his family’s strong history of public service and the example set by his dad, Bill Bennett, former Hamilton County Commissioner and current Assessor of Property, Mr. Bennett said, “Our family believes in public service and I’ve been raised to give back to our community.  I believe this is the time for me to step up and do just that.”

Tom Decosimo will serve as campaign treasurer and observed, “J.B. will serve our community as a true servant leader from the bench.  The legacy of service of his family is unquestionable.”

Mr. Bennett is 47, and has 20 years of experience practicing law.  He is licensed to practice law in state courts in Tennessee, and has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. J.B. has been involved in numerous jury trials in various courts. For over 20 years, he has practiced law with one of the most respected law firms in Chattanooga: Spears, Moore, Rebman & Williams, where he is a shareholder.

In law school, Mr. Bennett earned the best oral advocate award and was on the first place team in the Ray Jenkins Trial Competition. He served as the Vice Chair of the Moot Court Board, and he was a member of the National Trial Team. He was also selected to the Order of Barristers in law school.

Mr. Bennett has served on the board of directors of Kiwanis Club of Chattanooga, Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga Military Park, The Children’s Advocacy Center, and he has sat on the Community Advisory Board of PBS Affiliate WTCI-TV. Mr. Bennett also served as an appointed Commissioner of the Hamilton County Election Commission.

Mr. Bennett is a Chattanooga native and a graduate of Boyd-Buchanan High School and the University of Tennessee. He and his wife, Robin, reside on Signal Mountain.

“I announce my candidacy for Circuit Court Judge and humbly ask for your vote and support,” said Mr. Bennett.


Alexander: The Best Wanted To Play For Pat Summitt Because She Was The Best

Senator Lamar Alexander on Wednesday paid tribute on the Senate floor to legendary Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt, who passed away  Tuesday . Senator Alexander’s floor remarks follow: Senator Corker and I have come to the floor to introduce a resolution honoring the life and achievements of Pat Summitt, the former University of Tennessee basketball ... (click for more)

Officials Weigh In On Washington’s Plan For Puerto Rico

Georgia Senator David Perdue on Wednesday released the following statement after voting against Washington’s plan to assist the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico with its $72 billion debt: “Through irresponsible fiscal policies, the Puerto Rican government has found itself in a very serious financial situation. The Commonwealth needs help tackling its debt situation, but this ... (click for more)

A Disturbing Trend At Exit 11 - And Response (2)

So, am I the first to notice a trend?   How many wrecks does exit 11 need before anyone asks "whats up with that?"  I have lost count of the wrecks that continue to happen, even after last year's awful loss of life (which I believe 51 percent of the blame should fall on the THP officer on duty).  The problem with this section of interstate are sight lines ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What You Leave Behind

Randy Travis, one of the best at singing country songs that has ever been, had a song about three people who got killed when an 18-wheeler missed a stop sign. There was a farmer and a teacher, a hooker and a preacher on this bus and Randy tells us: “One's headed for vacation, one for higher education, An' two of them were searchin' for lost souls.” In that wonderful song, the ... (click for more)

Hensley Succeeds Henry As Soddy-Daisy Athletic Director

Soddy-Daisy baseball coach Jared Hensley has added a new role to his duties. Hensley, who has coached the baseball Trojans for eight years with a 177-111 record and state tournament appearances in 2011 and 2015, is the school’s new athletic director. Hensley takes over for Steve Henry, now the school’s principal. “With coach Henry now the man in charge at our school,” ... (click for more)

Unbeaten Fairyland Clinches Red Division Swim Title

Members of the Calhoun swim team were set and ready to compete on the pool deck at the Fairyland Club Monday night, but they never got wet as the meet was postponed by lighting, thunder and the overall threat of stormy weather. They made the long trip back about 24 hours later and the second time around wasn’t nearly as productive as 21 less swimmers made the trip to the top ... (click for more)