Last night in Marion, almost a dozen lawyers spoke at a meeting of the Smyth County Bar, seeking endorsements for either the Juvenile Court position being vacated by the retirement of Judge Charles Lincoln, or the General District Court position that would become vacant if Judge Sage Johnson, who has just been reappointed, is selected to fill the position of retiring Circuit Court Judge Larry Kirksey. Just over the horizon are the retirements of District Judge Joseph Tate and Circuit Judge Isaac Freeman, in 2013.
The candidates included among others Melissa Carico, Adrian White, David Hutton, Eric Thiessen, Helen Phillips, Larry Harley, Kurt Pomrenke, Mike Bishop, Mark Haugh, and our own Lucas Hobbs. Jeff Campbell is a candidate but not seeking endorsements and Blake McKinney sent in a resume. It was interesting to listen to the philosophical ruminations of many good friends.