Haywood Barry announced Tuesday his candidacy for Division II General Sessions Judge of Wilson County. He is the former judge of Division I.
Barry is a long-time resident of Lebanon and Wilson County and is well-known for his community service. He most recently served two terms as Ward 5 City Councilman for Lebanon. He is a graduate of Lebanon High School, Tennessee Tech University and the Nashville School of Law. In addition, he has extensive experience and many hours of specialized continuing judicial education.
Since his retirement from a 24-year stint as Division I Judge, Barry has for the past 16 years substituted throughout Middle Tennessee to help other judges. He has remained up-to-date on all laws as a continuing member of the Tennessee General Sessions Judges Conference. He is also a member of many legal and judicial education organizations. He resumed the practice of law from 2000 until 2011.
Barry is married to Jean Barry, who taught elementary school for many years in Wilson County and Lebanon. They have two adult children, Ken Barry, who is a civil and environmental engineer with S&ME and lives with his family in Norris, Tenn. Their daughter, Julie Barry Gatlin, is a real estate broker with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services and lives with her family in Lebanon. Haywood and Jean are the proud grandparents of five grandchildren.
Barry is a longtime member of the Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce. In 2008, he was awarded Life Membership in the Chamber. He is also a well-known runner in the Wilson County area. He has been running for more than 40 years and has logged more than 35,000 miles in pursuit of good health.
Barry said, “I have signed the Tennessee Fair Judicial Campaign Code of Conduct promising to abide by all the rules applying to judicial candidates.
“My pledge to you is to work hard, listen to all, fairly apply the law, then use my wisdom and common sense gained from many years of legal and judicial experience to make a fair decision.
“It is my wholehearted desire to serve the people of Wilson County. I ask for your vote and support in the Aug. 7, 2014 election. Thank you for your past and future consideration.”