More Judge Races Profiled

Deborah Means Henderson is a Judge in General Sessions Court Division 4. Even though she is unopposed in the election, she came by the Midtown Republican Club last month with other judges to meet our members.

She was elected in 2006 and “has a large volume of cases – up to 60,000 a year . I pride myself on a good work ethic. Come early, stay late is my motto,” she said.

Henderson received her B.A. degree in History from Christian Brothers College and her J.D. degree from the University of Memphis – Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law. As a private lawyer she concentrated on domestic relations, probate and juvenile law.

The race between incumbent Judge Betty Thomas Moore and challenger Ellen Fite has been recounted here previously. Judge Moore has been on the bench for 16 years. She deals with law suits, debt collections and hopes to be at it for another eight years.

Challenger Fite believes she is “ready for this job” having been fully trained and having sat as a special jugdge previously.

In Division 3 David Pool is running against John Donald. Pool is an in house council for Drexel Chemicals and has never been a judge. He says he has a strong work ethic and has a good record on the job.

In Circuit Court Division 8 Bob Weiss is running against three others. Weiss hears jury trials including personal injury, divorce and contracts. He was elected in 2010 to fill the spot vacated by D’Army Bailey. He told us that although he does not have to decide death penalty cases or murder, his decisions do impact children. It is something he takes very seriously.

Next month on May 13th, more judges, especially from Circuit Courts, will address our group. All are free and welcome to attend. It’s a great way to find out a candidate’s philosophy and one that doesn’t often offer itself to the public.

It will be in the back room at Cafe Eclectic starting at 6 p.m.

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