Note: This story was updated at 1:51 p.m.
William E. Lantrip, longtime chancellor in Anderson County’s Seventh Judicial District, has announced he will not seek re-election in 2014.
“I have shared this decision with my fellow judges and members of the bar for some time and now believe it appropriate to make this decision known publicly,” Lantrip said in a Friday morning press release. “I have encouraged those interested in this office to consider pursuing election during next year’s election. I look forward to completing my service as I contemplate my retirement.”
Lantrip’s eight-year term expires next year.
WYSH Radio reported that Lantrip, 69, served the city of Oak Ridge as assistant city attorney and later city attorney before he was appointed by then-Governor Ned McWherter to succeed Allen Kidwell, who retired due to an illness. Lantrip took his seat on the bench in October of 1989, was elected to an eight-year term the following year, and re-elected twice in 1998 and 2006.
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