Anderson County District 7 Chancellor Primary Election Forum – February 6, 2024

The League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge welcomes the community to Lunch With the League from 11:30 AM EST – 1:00 PM EST on February 6, 2024 at the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church, 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike. All are welcome to bring their lunch or purchase a boxed lunch for a nominal fee. Coffee and tea will be served.

On March 5, 2024, Anderson County will hold the Presidential Preference and County Primaries election. Of interest is the election of Chancellor for District 7 which serves Anderson County. Currently, the position is held by James W. Brooks, Jr. who has held this position since April, 2023 after the departure of Judge M. Nichole “Nicki” Cantrell. Mr. Brooks was appointed by Gov. Bill Lee to serve until an election could be held.

In February, 2024, The Trial Court Vacancy Commission held a public hearing to interview six candidates for the position with four candidates being placed on the ballot for the Republican Primary. The four candidates are: James W. Brooks, Jr. (incumbent), Daniel Forrester, Evan Hauser and Roger Miller.

The Anderson County Chancery Court hears cases such as adoptions, orders of protection, child support, child custody and divorce; all family law matters as well as lawsuits and contract disputes. Additionally, the court can hear Criminal Court cases and the Judge can sit at the Circuit Court and hear Juvenile Court appeals.

This forum will follow the League’s normal procedures with one exception. Since this is a primary and all of the candidates for this position are representing the Republican party, there will be no empty chair stipulation.

Candidates will answer questions sent prior to the forum. Additional questions from the audience will be gathered by cards at the forum and will be vetted by the League for respectfulness to each candidate and appropriateness to this election

Lunch with the League welcomes League members and nonmembers alike to this informative presentation. The League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge is a nonpartisan political organization for men and women. It encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Editors Note: We will cover this event live on our website and social media platforms, then we will replay the event several times before the March 5th election.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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