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Ben Harmon Seeks Chancellor’s Seat

Posted 5/19/20

SAVANNAH — Ben Harmon is working hard to become the next chancellor for the 24th Judicial District. This district includes Carroll, Henry, Benton, Decatur and Hardin counties. Harmon says …

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Ben Harmon Seeks Chancellor’s Seat

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SAVANNAH — Ben Harmon is working hard to become the next chancellor for the 24th Judicial District. This district includes Carroll, Henry, Benton, Decatur and Hardin counties.

Harmon says “I’m the Independent candidate for chancellor because partisan politics has no place in the courtroom. The chancellor must be fair and impartial in making decisions. Therefore, the chancellor must be independent in all rulings. I have had the privilege of growing up around some of the best judges in the State of Tennessee and one thing they all had in common was they did not allow partisan politics to enter into their job.

Currently, the Chancery Court has a substantial backlog. I’m a hard worker, I always have been, and I will see that the matters in the Chancery Court are handled fairly and efficiently to eliminate the backlog.”

“I am, first and foremost, a father to two beautiful daughters. I take a lot of pride in my children, and I am amazed every day by what wonderful young women they have become.

I am a lifelong resident of Hardin County and a second-generation attorney. My father, the late Ron Harmon, was the former chancellor of the 24th Judicial District. I started traveling this district with him when I was a young man and I have always felt like the whole 24th Judicial District was my home. He was a fair, honest, and hardworking judge, just as I will be, if the citizens choose to elect me.”

The position of chancellor requires a judge who can preside over cases that are diverse and sometimes very complicated. “During my practice, I have represented thousands of clients. I have handled divorces that involved the identification and distribution of millions of dollars of marital assets, including privately owned businesses and large retirement accounts. I have represented clients in child custody cases that involved dependency and neglect, termination of parental rights, adoption, establishment of paternity, establishment of custody, visitation, and support, as well as, modification of existing parenting plans. I have also represented clients to reestablish custody rights after having them suspended. Clients have trusted me to represent them in real estate transactions, both commercial and residential, with single transactions reaching into the millions of dollars. I have represented clients in property issues that range from boundary line disputes to adverse possession of property to establishment and enforcement of easements. I have formed and established Homeowner Associations and enforcement of the by-laws of homeowner associations. I have both prosecuted and defended civil lawsuits, many into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. I have drafted leases, contracts and operating agreements. I have formed and dissolved partnerships, LLC’s, and corporations. I have handled all types of probate matters from the drafting and executing of wills to the administration and closing of estates.”

Also, the position of Chancellor requires a judge who as the finder of fact has a diverse background outside of the law. In Circuit Court most cases have a jury of your peers and these twelve jurors from diverse backgrounds are the finders of fact. In Chancery Court there is no jury in the vast majority of cases. The Chancellor is the sole finder of facts. I believe it is important that a Chancellor have a diverse background outside of the law for this purpose. I possess this qualification. I owned a small business for many years and I understand the struggles that a small business owner in rural west Tennessee endures. While going back to school, I took on any work I could find that allowed me to pursue my dream of becoming an attorney. I have worked as a machinist and a welder/fabricator. I have worked both as a server and a manager in the restaurant business. I have also worked as a sales associate living off of commissions. All of these jobs gave me a perspective into the daily grind that the people who are appearing in the Court go through.

I believe the position of chancellor is a position of service to your community. I was raised from a young age to believe that one should serve his community in whatever capacity possible. I have served on numerous committees and boards over the years and it has always made me proud to be a positive part of my community. I currently serve as Chairman of the Historic Zoning Commission in Savannah, Tennessee. I am a charter member appointed by the Mayor. Also, I currently serve as a Commissioner of the Savannah Housing Authority. I feel that my true calling to serve my community has been through the law and providing the people of the 24th Judicial District with legal representation. I am running for Chancellor because I believe it is the best way I can continue to serve this district.

“I have the compassion, independence, and commitment to be your Chancellor and I am sincerely asking for your vote.“ For more information visit us at Ben Harmon for Chancellor - Home | Facebook also at https://www.voteharmon.com/ - paid political announcement, paid by committee to elect Ben Harmon, Emily Gray Treasurer.

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