Chancellor C.K. Smith, presiding Chancery Court judge for the 15th Judicial District, announced plans to seek re-election in 2014.
Smith, who was first elected to the seat in 1990, said it has been an honor and a privilege to serve the people of the 15th Judicial District, which is comprised of Jackson, Macon, Smith, Trousdale and Wilson counties.
“I feel my life experiences and knowledge I have gained as an attorney and judge allows me to relate to the problems of the people in this district. The aspects of my work that are most rewarding to me are the areas involving children, the elderly and the disabled,” he said. “I feel as though I am looking out for their wellbeing and making sure their interests are properly protected.”
Smith, a Trousdale County native, graduated from Trousdale County High School in 1966. He continued his education at Middle Tennessee State University, where he graduated in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree. He received a doctor of jurisprudence in 1972 from the University of Tennessee Law School.
After passing the bar, Smith opened his first law practice in Trousdale County, where he practiced for 18 years. During this time, he also served as city judge of Hartsville, county executive and special referee for the juvenile court and county attorney for Trousdale County.
Smith currently resides in Wilson County with his wife, Delaine Freeman Smith. He has three children, C.K. Smith Jr., Justin Smith and Courtney Smith; three step-children, Justin Davis, Winston Davis and McClain Cannon; and two grandchildren, Anna Grace Davis and Carter Bryan Cannon.
When he has a day “off the bench,” Smith enjoys working outside on the farm and raising goats. He and Delaine are both master goat producers.
Delaine said attorneys will often travel to their farm on his days off to get emergency orders signed.
“He really is available to his constituents at all times,” she said.
Smith believes “a fair, impartial and independent judiciary is essential to the proper administration of justice,” and his record as chancellor reflects those attributes.
“I hope that the people of the 15th Judicial District allow me the opportunity to continue to serve as chancellor by voting for me in the Aug. 7 General Election,” he said.