MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Attorney Chuck Ward announced Tuesday he has decided to run for the Republican Party nomination in the district attorney race for the 16th Judicial District, which includes Rutherford and Cannon counties.
The post is currently held by 64-year-old Bill Whitesell, who has served as district attorney general since 1995. In September 2013, Whitesell announced that he would not seek re-election this year.
Ward, who is an MTSU alumnus, has called Rutherford County home since 1979.
During the earlier 1980s, Ward spent eight years working for the Murfreesboro Police Department while attending the Nashville School of Law. Since passing the Tennessee Bar Association exam, Ward has practiced law in Rutherford County for more than 21 years.
“I will use my experience as a police officer, in addition to over two decades in the courtroom in both criminal and civil litigation, to bring a fresh perspective to the district attorney’s office,” Ward said. “This unique combination of background and experiences will allow me to be successful in the office of district attorney general.”
In addition to having a solid knowledge of the criminal justice system and extensive experience in the legal field, “holding the office of district attorney demands an element of being able to act as an administrator of the office,” he said.
“I have been a small-business owner since starting my law career with Dave Bolin and Don Ash in 1992,” Ward said, noting that his private sector experience would be a valuable asset for the position.
“As district attorney general, I will work diligently,” he said, “starting from my very first day, to protect the citizens of the 16th Judicial District and promise to run the office efficiently like a business, while upholding the values of honesty, integrity and commitment.”