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Political Races Continue to Catch Fire as More Announce Candidacy at the Local Level

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Keith Siskin, Judge of Division III of the Circuit Court for Rutherford and Cannon Counties, has officially announced his candidacy for election to retain his seat on the Court.

Judge Siskin, a Republican, was appointed to the Circuit Court by Governor Bill Haslam in 2012 following an extensive public interview process by the nonpartisan Tennessee Judicial Nominating Commission.  During the public interview process, Judge Siskin received the highest rating of all applicants by the Rutherford/Cannon County Bar Association.  Prior to his appointment as Circuit Judge, Siskin served as Magistrate and Referee of the Rutherford County Juvenile Court for eight years, and previously practiced law in Murfreesboro.

Since taking office last year, Judge Siskin’s top priority has been making the Court more open and accessible to the public.  To that end, Judge Siskin has launched a website for the Court that allows members of the public to download Court-approved forms, and to research statutes and rules applicable to their cases.  Judge Siskin pointed out that the website was developed with jurors in mind, as it contains an interactive parking map, as well as a section containing daily announcements, such as weather closings and docket changes; additionally, jurors can now view the Judge’s sentencing decisions online, a first for this judicial district.  “I am a firm believer in open government, and that includes our Courts,” Judge Siskin said. “The framers of the Tennessee Constitution envisioned trial judges who were elected by the people and answerable to the people.”

Judge Siskin further announced that Tracey Binkley, CRPC, CFP, will serve as his campaign treasurer.  Binkley, a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in Murfreesboro, has been in the financial services business for nearly 20 years both in banking and investment management.

Judge Siskin is an active member of the community, having volunteered with both the Murfreesboro Evening Lions Club and Murfreesboro Noon Lions Club, and having served as past president of the Rutherford/Cannon County Bar Association.

A native of Savannah, Georgia, Judge Siskin is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of Georgia School of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law.  Judge Siskin resides in the Blackman Community of Murfreesboro with his wife, Sheri, and step-daughters, Micah and Shae.

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