Davidson, Shelby County Judicial Elections Targeted by New Legislation

A Republican lawmaker has filed a bill to create nonpartisan judicial elections, but only in Davidson and Shelby counties, according to the Nashville Post. The bill, filed by Sen. Steve Dickerson, R-Nashville, would provide that counties with populations over 500,000 must have nonpartisan elections for all “state trial court judgeships, county judicial offices and judicial clerk offices.” Democrats are claiming the bill unfairly targets the two counties in the state that tend to elect Democrats. The TBA’s Committee on the Judiciary has been asked to recommend a policy and is currently reviewing the legislation.
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