Gov. Bill Haslam may have to choose between two former state senators when he picks a new appeals court judge. Among those applying to the Judicial Selection Commission for the judgeship are Dwayne Bunch and Mike Faulk. Both attorneys chose not to run for re-election. Bunch is from Cleveland and left office in 2010, Faulk is from Hawkins County and did not run for re-election this year.
The two are among 11 applicants to replace Judge Herschel Franks, who retired. It will be up to the selection commission to choose which three names will be sent to Haslam. The governor picks from the list. The applicants from Knoxville include attorneys Sarah Sheppard, David Edward Long, and Esther Bell.