Judge Mike Faulk is scheduled to undergo chemotherapy at Vanderbilt University Hospital this week. Contributed photo.
NASHVILLE — In what should be a time of celebration and triumph, Circuit Judge Mike Faulk of Church Hill instead finds himself in a fight for his life having recently been diagnosed with cancer.
A day after winning his primary unopposed on his way to an unopposed election on Aug. 7 as 3rd Judicial District Circuit Judge Part III, Faulk announced Wednesday doctors have discovered a sizeable malignant tumor in his esophagus.
The cancer has spread to his liver, and Faulk began treatment last week and is scheduled for chemotherapy at Vanderbilt University Hospital this week.
The tumor was discovered during an endoscopy.
Faulk has a long history of acid reflux disease which has been cited by physicians as the cause for the tumor.
A former state senator, county commissioner, and longtime Hawkins County-based attorney, Faulk was appointed last year to replace retiring Circuit Judge Kindall Lawson.
This will be his first actual election to that seat.
"Other than the days I have chemotherapy and the days I'm recovering from it, I expect to be on the job," Faulk said. "I want to publicly thank Chancellor Doug Jenkins and Judge Tom Wright who have agreed to fill in for me on those days so no one will have to wait to have his or her case heard."
Faulk added, "I know my Maker and my Savior and find peace in Him. I'm not quite ready to leave this life though. Right now the thing I need most is prayer."
As an unopposed Republican, Faulk received 16,618 votes in Tuesday's primary for the judgeship serving Hawkins, Hamblen, Greene and Hancock counties.
"I'm deeply humbled to have the nomination of the Republican Party for this job," he said. "I look forward to being elected at the August 2014 General Election and serving all the fine folks of northeast Tennessee.comments powered by Disqus