Mike Jameson, the former Metro Councilman turned General Sessions Court judge, will have to fend off two opponents in the Democratic Party primary in March to continue serving on the bench after next year.
Candidates had until noon Thursday to qualify for runs in the March 6 party primaries. Metro’s general election is set for Aug. 2.
Jameson, appointed by the council last month to fill the General Sessions vacancy created by the death of Judge Leon Ruben, had made it clear from the outset he would run for the judge position in the 2012 election, appointing a treasurer back in October.
Attorneys Rachel Bell and Jack Byrd are mounting challenges for General Sessions Division VIII judge, both submitting qualifying papers to run for the seat.
Bell is an attorney and managing partner at Bell & Kinslow, PLLC. She was one of several who lost to Jameson during the council’s special appointment.
Unlike Bell, Byrd did not initially run for the open judge position.
Attorney Michael Rowan has submitted petition signatures to qualify to run for the judgeship as an independent. Election commission officials said they had not yet verified Rowan’s signatures.