One of the most important local elections almost no one ever talks about is the Chancellor post. As an attorney friend (oxymoron? heh!) recently put it, the person who serves as chancellor becomes extremely important to you the instant your family has to determine conservatorship for an ailing loved one.
There are many other types of cases that go to Chancery Court as well, of course. From the Hamilton County Courts website:
The Chancery Court handles cases involving domestic relations, worker’s compensation, estates, trusts, contracts, review of administrative action of governmental agencies and boards, collection of delinquent taxes, guardianships, and conservatorships, dissolution of partnerships and corporations, enforcement of liens, boundary lines, breach of contract, fraud, election contests, and other matters of a civil nature.
Almost none of that sounds fun. Or, if you’re a real contract law nerd, all of it sounds fun.
Chancellor Jeff Atherton is running unopposed for re-election. But in the other division, an open seat is being contested by attorneys Pam Fleenor and Joe Manuel.
Fleenor recently nabbed an endorsement by former Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Mickey Barker, which further cements the theory that she enjoys a lot of support in the established legal community.
Manuel, however, is a former chair of the (very active) Pachyderm Club, and thus likely will hope to count on a heavy Republican activist turnout to boost his chances.
This is one race I’ll be watching closely from here on in. I trust you will too.