Republicans meet more candidates

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

By Karen Hall

Editor

Members of the Marshall County Republican Party were introduced to two more candidates for local office at their meeting last week.

The first to speak was Courtney Curtis Boatright, who is challenging Elinor Foster for the position of Circuit Court Clerk.

Boatright was born in Marshall County, and lives in Cornersville. She has an associates degree from Columbia State, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill. She is a 2014 graduate of the Leadership Marshall program.

Boatright reminded listeners that legal education is not a requirement for the Circuit Court Clerk's job -- to qualify, a candidate need only be over 18 years old and a resident of Marshall County.

"It's not an office set up to give legal advice," Boatright said.

She said she would be an excellent fit for the job because of her 20 years of clerical experience and technical background.

"I don't work with a not-my-job mentality," she said. "We need new people with new ideas. I would like this opportunity to step up and take a leadership role."

The second speaker was Quinn Brandon Stewart, who is running for the position currently held by her father, Roger Brandon -- City Judge of Lewisburg. Her opponent is another local attorney, Barbara Medley.

Stewart said she was the sixth generation of attorneys at the Brandon & Brandon Law Firm. She graduated from Marshall County High School and Middle Tennessee State University, and earned her law degree from the University of Memphis law school in 2004.

"I'm excited and honored to be running for this office," Stewart said. "I am honest, fair, qualified, and impartial. As city judge, you're probably the first experience people have of the judicial system. It's important to treat everyone equally and fairly."

She has over nine years of experience as a judge in Lincoln County, and was the first woman elected to the Lewisburg City Council, where she served for four years.

Stewart sits on several boards and is active in civic organizations -- she is currently vice president of Kiwanis. She works on the annual coat drive and suitcase drive, and Cops for Kids, and strives to do "a minimum of five hours of pro bono work every week."

"I love Lewisburg and I want to opportunity to improve it," Stewart concluded.

In other business, the treasurer announced last month's dinner had done "quite a bit better" than last year, and the party now has over $9,000 in the bank.

"We made a good profit," agreed Janet Heckle. "Thank you to each and every one who came to the dinner. The Silent Auction made $1,078 and that's awesome."