New group formed to oppose contested elections for appellate court judges

News release from Tennesseans for Independent Courts:
Nashville, TN—Tennesseans for Independent Courts, Inc., a non-profit political action committee, was formed on January 10, 2014, by Randy C. Camp. Mr. Camp states that the non-profit corporation will be dedicated to informing, educating, engaging and involving the citizens of Tennessee in ensuring that the judicial branch of Tennessee’s government remains free and independent of partisan political pressures from any group or organization.

The organization will work at the grass roots level throughout the State of Tennessee to ensure that citizens are made aware of the dangers of partisan political pressures on judicial elections and appointments, lend support to judicial candidates who wish to run for office without political affiliations or commitments and lend support to legislative and gubernatorial candidates who support those ideals.

Though the organization is still in its formative stages, its by-laws have been drafted and an initial Board of Directors has been appointed. The initial Board Members will be instrumental in establishing the priorities of, as well as setting the direction of, the efforts and resources of the organization and will appoint Executive Committees across the state to spread the work and the word throughout Tennessee.

The organization has applied for Section 501 (c) designation with the Internal Revenue Service.

Randy C. Camp served as Executive Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts in Tennessee and served as Commissioner of Personnel for the State of Tennessee under Governor Phil Bredesen. He also served as Claims Commissioner for the Western District of Tennessee under appointment by Governor Don Sundquist, hearing and adjudicating all statutory claims against the State of Tennessee. Camp has more than 30 years’ experience in all 3 branches of Tennessee’s government in addition to his time as an attorney, arbitrator, mediator and General Sessions/Juvenile Judge in Crockett County, Tennessee. He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a B.S. in Political Science and received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Memphis. He worked as campaign and congressional aide to Congressman Ed Jones in the 1970’s and served as Executive Assistant and Chief of Staff to Lieutenant Governor John S. Wilder in the 1980’s. He has been engaged in public service since he attended high school in Crockett Mills, Crockett County, Tennessee, and continues that legacy with the formation of Tennesseans for Independent Courts.