TN Supreme Court justices campaign in East Tennessee

Candidates who don't typically hit the campaign trail made several stops in East Tennessee on Thursday.

Tennessee Supreme Court Justices Connie Clark and Sharon Lee stopped in Roane and Anderson counties, as well as the UT campus.

Three of the five justices on the court are at the end of their eight-year terms. Voters will decide whether they will keep their seats.

Past campaigns haven't involved any spending, but this year, hundreds of thousands of dollars are coming in from interest groups out of state, funding attack ads and mailers.

The justices say they want Tennesseans to look into the facts before they make a decision.

"We're fighting to keep politics out of the courtroom," explained Lee. "There's apparently a group from out of state that wants to put politics in the courtroom. And that's dangerous. Because when you put politics in the courtroom, you push the Constitution out of the courtroom and we took an oath to uphold the Constitution and that's what we do everyday."

New financial disclosure statements are due Thursday, and expected to be made public Friday.


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