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State of Tennessee

Judicial Campaigns and Elections: Tennessee

Campaign Conduct

According to Canon 5 of Tennessee's code of judicial conduct, judicial candidates shall not:
  • Make pledges or promises of conduct in office other than the faithful and impartial performance of the duties of the office.

  • Make statements that commit or appear to commit them with respect to cases, controversies, or issues that are likely to come before the court.

  • Knowingly misrepresent the identity, qualifications, present position, or any other fact concerning themselves or their opponent.

  • Personally solicit or accept campaign contributions or solicit public support.

Candidates may establish campaign committees to solicit and accept campaign contributions, manage the expenditure of campaign funds, and obtain public statements of support. Candidate committees may not solicit contributions and public support earlier than 180 days before the election or later than 90 days after the last election in which the candidate participates.