A Paris attorney has been selected as the Republican nominee to be chancellor for the 24th Judicial District.
Vicki Hoover was nominated, by Republicans who attended a district conference Saturday in Camden, to be the GOP nominee in the August 2020 general election.
The district includes Henry, Carroll, Benton, Decatur and Hardin counties.
The chancellor’s seat is vacant right now since Carma McGee departed the post in April when she was appointed by Gov. Bill Lee as judge for the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Western Section. She had been chancellor for five years.
Hoover and her husband Mike Ainley founded the law firm of Ainley, Hoover & Hoover in 1992. She’s also a municipal judge in Henry and Big Sandy.
During Saturday’s conference, Hoover was selected over two other candidates — Vance Dennis of Savannah and Brent Bradberry of McKenzie.
Tess Robbins, chairman of the Henry County Republican Party, said party members from the county showed up in big numbers.
“We had a big turnout from Henry County. I was really proud of our Henry Countians for coming out. We had more delegates than the other counties,” Robbins said.
She estimated more than 400 people from all over the district attended the conference at Camden Central High School.
Robbins said the format for choosing the nominee was an elimination-style method. In the first round of voting, Bradberry finished third and was eliminated. Then, in the second round, Hoover outpolled Dennis in order to gain the nomination.
The Carroll County News-Leader in Huntingdon reported that Hoover beat Dennis by 3 votes, 156-153.
Scott Golden, the state Republican chairman, was present at the conference and helped with the election.
Lee initially appointed Jennifer King of Huntingdon to complete McGee’s term.
But King resigned after a few days because she didn’t agree with the party’s method of choosing candidates.
Other judges, both active and retired, have filled in to handle cases since McGee has been gone.