Press Release from “Yes on 2,” September 23, 2014:
Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Conference of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the latest of more than a dozen respected statewide organizations endorsing Amendment 2, the judicial selection amendment to the State Constitution on the statewide ballot this November.
“We want fair and impartial judges who will protect the rights of all people, not just the special interests with their campaign contributions,” said Gloria Sweet-Love, President of the Tennessee State Conference of the NAACP. “We encourage all of our members to support Amendment 2.”
Retired Tennessee Supreme Court Justice George H. Brown, Jr., addressed the TN NAACP’s State Convention this past Saturday in Nashville where he encouraged the attendees to support Amendment 2 saying: “Amendment 2 will help ensure that we continue to have a judiciary that represents all of Tennessee.”
Judge Brown applauded Governor Haslam’s recent appointment of Judge Kenny Armstrong from Memphis to the Tennessee Court of Appeals noting, “if we don’t pass Amendment 2, we risk losing the diversity we have achieved in our appellate courts.”
Amendment 2 keeps the best parts of our current system by continuing to have the Governor appoint the most qualified persons as appellate judges, while adding a new layer of accountability by having our elected representatives in the Legislature confirm or reject the Governor’s appointees. Most importantly, Amendment 2 protects the right of Tennesseans to vote to retain or replace the judges at the end of their respective terms.
Amendment 2 has been endorsed by a diverse and bipartisan group of top leaders from across the state, including Governor Bill Haslam, former Governor Phil Bredesen, former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson, Memphis Mayor AC Wharton, Jr., Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, and many leading organizations including the League of Women Voters of Tennessee, the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation, the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Beacon Center of Tennessee, the Tennessee Bar Association, and the Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association.
Election Day is November 4, 2014. Early voting begins October 15, 2014. For more information, visit VoteYES2.org.