On Aug. 7 or by voting early by Aug. 2, voters will choose to "retain" or "replace" Tennessee Supreme Court Justices Connie Clark, Sharon Lee and Gary Wade. If retained, they will serve for another eight years.
The retention election is a way to retain judges who make decisions based on the law and facts -or remove judges who are incompetent. Tennessee's Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission, appointed by Republican leaders, has reviewed these justices' performance and integrity and overwhelmingly recommended they be retained.
Some political groups are campaigning to remove the justices based on political goals and are making inaccurate, misleading statements in the media about their performance.
Judges should not be removed based on political considerations. Politicians may have to worry about fundraising and partisan views; judges should not. Politics do not belong in the courtroom.
I encourage voters to review the justices' records. Judges should act in a fair and impartial manner in upholding the law. I believe you will agree they have done so.
I urge you to vote to retain Justices Clark, Lee and Wade.