Former DA Whitesell Endorses Nichols for Judge

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Rutherford and Cannon Counties' former top crime fighter, District Attorney General Bill Whitesell, recently made his choice in the race for Circuit Court Judge.

Today, the former long-time and universally respected District Attorney publically endorsed Republican candidate for Circuit Court Judge Nathan Nichols. Nichols will be on the May 1, 2018 Republican Primary ballot.

Nichols served as a prosecutor in Whitesell's office during his administration and, in making his endorsement, Whitesell said, "I selected Nathan Nichols as an assistant district attorney because of his dedication to the protection of our community. He genuinely cares about crime victims and their families and has always treated them with compassion and respect."


While working for Whitesell, Nichols served as a felony prosecutor in Circuit Court and was previously appointed Rutherford County's chief child sexual and physical abuse prosecutor. Whitesell said Nichols' service as the County's child abuse prosecutor, a position many consider to be the most difficult in the District Attorney's Office, is a "testament to his love for this community and dedication to its safety."

Whitesell served as an assistant district attorney general for almost 15 years before being named Rutherford and Cannon Counties' District Attorney in 1995 by Republican Governor Don Sundquist. He was elected, without opposition, to the position in 1996 and was unopposed for re-election in 1998 and 2006. Whitesell retired in 2014 and also served as past president of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference and was also the agency's Executive Director in 2015.


In concluding his endorsement, Whitesell said that in his almost 40 years as in the local justice system, he has never seen a prosecutor serve as a Circuit Court Judge and that he enthusiastically endorses Nichols and is proud to support him.

In accepting Whitesell's endorsement, Nichols said "I am honored to have received the endorsement of my mentor and former boss, General Whitesell. I can think of no one who has worked as hard to keep Rutherford and Cannon Counties safe as General Whitesell and he is among one of our District's most highly-respected attorneys and residents. He is the very definition of a public servant and I am extremely proud to have his support."

Early voting for the Republican Primary will run from April 11th through April 26th and election day is May 1st.
For more information about the Nathan Nichols campaign for Circuit Court Judge, please visit or email Nathan at

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