Joe Manuel Is Best Qualified For Chancellor - And Response (3)

Friday, May 2, 2014

Joe Manuel is particularly qualified to serve as Hamilton County Chancellor by reason of his extensive law practice and long experience as a legal dispute mediator.  Much of what a Chancellor does is encouraging and assisting parties to a dispute to reach voluntary agreements to resolve their differences.  Actual trial and judgment by the Court is always more expensive, and usually more unpleasant for all parties than their own agreements which usually result from good mediations.  Mediation-minded judges can encourage this process. 

In addition, in our county the Chancellor who has a case assigned for trial will often ask the other Chancellor to mediate the case first.  Mr. Manuel brings this demonstrated capability to the table.  It is a valuable commodity. 

Scott N. Brown, Jr.

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Lill and I have known Joe Manuel for over 30 years.  We have followed his career all this time and feel that the career path he has chosen perfectly prepares him to be our next Chancellor.  

We have already voted for him and respectfully ask each of you to vote for him election day.  

Harold and Lill Coker 

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Soon after Carol and I became politically active in Chattanooga we met Joe Manuel. We have been friends ever since. Joe and I have worked together from his office, conferred on matters related to lawsuits and appeals and even appeared together to the Appeals Court in Knoxville on two occasions as he argued our case.  

On another occasion I was to represent a group as an observer at a fact-finding meeting. When I was refused entry, Joe immediately drove to the location and beat on the door until we were allowed inside. He is that kind of man and lawyer.  

Joe has been engaged in the constant practice of law in Chattanooga for 38 years. On May 6, if the voters compare the experience and qualifications of the two candidates, they will see that Joe Manuel is best qualified person for the position of chancellor. 

Carol and Larry Grohn

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We know Joe Manuel and his family personally and know he is a quality person and an outstanding lawyer. Joe and his wife Emmaly Wilbanks have raised three children and are active members of First Centenary Church where he serves as a lay reader.  

From our study of the candidate’s careers, Joe is far better qualified to be our next Chancellor. He is recognized as a leading trial lawyer, mediator and arbitrator. Joe has even written a book and created an “App” for iPhone. No one else has such broad experience. These skills compliment one another and enable Joe to see and appreciate all sides of the case before him. The Judicial Nomination Commission recognized his accomplishments in 2010 when it recommended him as qualified to serve as Chancellor.

We are voting for Joe Manuel for Chancellor because we know he is a person of integrity and by far the best qualified.

Hicks and Vicki Armor


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