published Friday, March 7th, 2014

Only qualifying Democrat in Hamilton County Circuit Judge race drops out

Stuart James, the only Democrat who'd qualified to run for an open seat in Hamilton County Circuit Court, has dropped out of the race.

James contacted the Chattanooga Times Free Press and posted on his Facebook page a message announcing that he was leaving the race.

"...I have made the decision to permanently suspend my campaign for Circuit Court Judge. I have discussed this with the Democratic Party Chair and my campaign manager. The reasons are many, just suffice it to say as a political realist I know the odds are against winning a race that has little public interest," James wrote.

He faced the winner of the May primary contest between Catherine White and J.B. Bennett, both republicans.

The judgeship was opened when sitting Judge Jacqueline Bolton announced last September she would not seek re-election and had decided to retire after 15 years on the bench.

The winner of the May primary between Bennett and White will likely be the next Circuit Court Judge for Division I.

The court has four divisions and hears civil lawsuits involving such areas as divorce, personal injury, worker's compensation and others.

For more see tomorrow's Times Free Press.

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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