Haywood Barry will return to the bench as General Sessions Division II Judge after defeating four other challengers for the position in the Aug. 7 county-wide election.
Barry formerly served as Division I Judge for 24 years, and after his retirement, served for the past 16 years as a substitute judge in other courtrooms in Middle Tennessee. He resumed his practice of law from 2000 until 2011.
He won the race with 5,133 total votes. Challengers finished the race as follows:
• Harry A. Christensen – 746
• Shelley Thompson Gardner – 4,770
• Ellis H. “Trey” Marshall III – 4,328
• Andy Wright – 4,716
All vote totals are unofficial until verified by Wilson County Election Commission.
Barry said, "I never felt like, 'I'm gonna win' but I never had a doubt that I had a good chance of winning with five people in the race. I told people that if someone could get 5,000 votes in this they would be the winner."
His Campaign Committee included four people, he said. They were his daughter, granddaughter, wife and Barry. He added he spent $5,000 on his campaign.
"I can't say enough good about my opponents. They have all been so kind and gracious to me and each other throughout this race. That makes me just as proud as tonight's win."
In the General Sessions Division I race, incumbent Judge Barry Tatum ran unopposed and received 17,143 total complementary votes.
In the General Sessions Division III race, incumbent Judge John T. Gwin ran unopposed, also, and received 16,810 total complementary votes.
Barry will replace longtime Judge Robert “Bob” Hamilton on the bench. Hamilton served as General Sessions Judge for the past 28 years, presiding over Civil, Mental Health, Probate and Family Courts.
Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff Writer Becky Andrews may be contacted at email@example.com.