Local attorney Victoria Bowling will seek the Republican Party nomination for Anderson County General Sessions judge in Division I in the May 3 primary.
Bowling will run against the incumbent, Don Layton, who is seeking a fourth term as judge in this year’s election.
Bowling has a general law practice, focusing on family law, a press release said. She has practiced law for more than two decades in Anderson County, including serving four years with the Public Defenderâ€™s Office, the release said.
The press release said Bowling graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee in 1990 with a bachelorâ€™s degree in Honors Political Science. She then attended the University of Tennessee Law School, where she graduated in 1993. Bowling received the University of Tennessee Deanâ€™s Citation (Deanâ€™s Commendation for Extraordinary Contributions to the College of Law). While in law school, she served on the Board of the Tennessee Bar Association. Bowling also served as President of the Student Bar Association (University of Tennessee Law School), the press release said.
Bowling was awarded the Tennessee Supreme Courtâ€™s â€œAttorneys for Justiceâ€ pro bono service award for her long-standing pro bono volunteer work. She is listed in the Tennessee Supreme Courtâ€™s Attorneys for Justice Pro Bono Honor Roll. Bowling is the past president of the East Tennessee Law Womenâ€™s Association.
She was recently recognized as 2021 Volunteer of the Year by Open Doors, Tennessee, and is active in helping nonprofit organizations across Anderson County, the press release said. A member of the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce, Bowling is active in a number of nonprofits, including being an Anderson County Fair Volunteer and a Certified 4-H Volunteer.
Bowling has practiced law in Juvenile, General Sessions, Chancery, Circuit, and Criminal Court. Bowling has handled misdemeanors and felonies on all levels of the court system, the press release said. Trained in Rule 31 Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bowling has broad experience in both civil and criminal law.
The press release said Bowling is a conservative, a community leader, and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. She is a managing partner with Bowling Farms, which has raised 100 head of Holstein Cattle annually for the past 30 years. She lives in Heiskell with her husband of thirty-one years, Anderson County native David Bowling, and their two daughters, Madison and Jordan, both Anderson County High School graduates. She attends Second Baptist Church in Clinton.
â€œI am a conservative who appreciates the meaning of hard work,” Bowling said in the press release. “I am honored to be a candidate for the Republican nomination for General Sessions Court Division I. My background in both civil and criminal law have given me the necessary experience to serve as your General Sessions judge in Anderson County. I will expand and enhance the services of the Sessions Court in Division I and make it accountable to the citizens of Anderson County. I am also committed to serving only two terms. Judges receive eight-year terms. Sixteen years is long enough for anyone to serve in an elected position. I look forward to campaigning and earning your trust.”
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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