“It’s a pleasure to serve Shelby County,” says Judge Lynn Cobb. He was first appointed to his post at General Sessions Division 1 by unanimous vote of the Shelby County Commissioners in 1997. Getting unanimity in that group is its own special accomplishment, but Judge Cobb ran for the office the next year and won then won again – with a margin of 100,000 votes – in 2006.
“I am conscientious,” he says. “I believe I bring quality to the office.” He is asking for your vote in August.
Cobb points out that his support is bipartisan. “My campaign co-chairs are Van Turner, former chairman of the Shelby County Democrat Party and David Kustoff, former chairman of the Shelby County Republican Party. It’s a good cross section.”
Cobb is running against Sheila Bruce-Renfroe. Judge Cobb has been endorsed by the Shelby GOP and his website is keepcobb.com.
David Poole has had a varied career before deciding to run for judge in General Sessions Court, Division 3.
“I went to Catholic High and got a degree in jazz composition from the University of Memphis. I got a degree in teaching and then went to law school. I’m in house counsel at Drexel Chemical.
“Some people will tell me that ‘I won’t vote for you because you’re not a practicing lawyer.’ But they are dead wrong. The in house counsel has a variety of legal jobs. And I think I’d be a breath of fresh air. I’ve come before many General Sessions judges anyhow.
“I’ll also be the youngest judge at 47,” Poole said. He believes he will take his job very seriously.
“I think a judge should be there and be on time. It’s not like a doctor’s office. I taught for seven years and never missed a day.”
His opponent is John A. Donald.
Judge Betty Thomas Moore was the first in her family of 10 to go to college. She did more than that; she went to law school and graduated from the University of Memphis. She then worked in the public defender’s office.
For the past 16 years she has been on the bench in General Sessions Civil Court, Division 5.
She describes it as the “mini me of the Circuit Court. I deal with issues of $25,000 or less, evictions, foreclosures, repair work, etc.” She understands that civilians don’t always understand what goes on in courts and invites people “to come down and find out what we do. It’s open to the public. We’re in 140 Adams, not 201 Poplar. It’s the pretty one down there.
“If you do come, you’ll say about me ‘I like that person.’ I am good at what I do because I know the law and I’m fair. You need a person in that office who is fair, impartial and a person of integrity.”
She is also active in the community, something she believes in deeply.
Judge Moore’s opponent is Ellen Fite.