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.