Sammy Patterson announces campaign for Circuit Court judge

Columbia attorney Sammy Patterson announced his campaign to run for circuit court judge in Tennessee’s 22nd Judicial District, encompassing southern Middle Tennessee.

With 22 years of legal experience, Patterson is seeking to succeed retired Circuit Court Part IV judge Stella Hargrove. The district includes Maury, Giles, Lawrence and Wayne counties.

“Sometimes I will have to make difficult decisions if elected as a Circuit Court judge, but I promise to seek the truth in all cases with an independent and impartial approach,” Patterson said in a press release.

“I will treat everyone with dignity and respect, regardless of political affiliation, religious belief, race, gender or national origin.

Patterson is pursuing the position as an independent candidate.

Stacie Odeneal, another independent, is running for the judgeship alongside Republican Party nominee Caleb Bayless.

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Patterson stresses that he remains an independent candidate with the intention of maintaining the spirit of Justice Hargrove’s work.

Patterson was born in Hope, Arkansas before moving to Columbia at age 6. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee at Martin. He graduated from the Nashville School of Law with honors in 2000 and opened a law firm in Colombia the same year.

Through years of private practice, Patterson said he appeared in most general session and circuit courts in Middle Tennessee, working in the 22nd Judicial District.

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He said his experience extends to more than 10,000 clients served and more than 100 jury trials involving criminal, juvenile, family law, civil litigation, estates and appeals.

“I will be tough on people who commit violent crimes and help keep those people off the streets, while showing common sense and mercy,” Patterson said.

The Patterson is hosting a Country BBQ on Saturday, April 30 from noon to 4 p.m. at the 4H Club, 850 Lion Parkway, Columbia.

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Early voting for the August 4 election will begin on July 15.

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