District Attorney General Bill Whitesell has endorsed Assistant District Attorney Jennings Jones in the election to choose his replacement.
“I hired Jennings as an Assistant District Attorney in 1998. During that time, he has been a valuable and trusted employee. I am confident that his experience as a career prosecutor has prepared him to perform the duties and handle the responsibilities of the office of District Attorney General,” Whitesell said.
Whitesell has served as District Attorney General since 1995.
“When General Whitesell announced he would not seek re-election, I decided to run for the office. Bill has done an excellent job as District Attorney, and I intend to continue the example he set and search for ways to make the office better,” Jones said.
Jones is running in the May 6 Republican Primary for District Attorney General, 16th Judicial District, which includes Rutherford and Cannon counties.
Over his 15 years as an Assistant District Attorney, Jones has prosecuted thousands of criminal cases in the General Sessions and Circuit courts. He has worked with several Circuit Court judges, including the late James Clayton, Steve Daniel (retired), Don Ash, Keith Siskin and David Bragg.
“The District Attorney’s job is to investigate, prosecute, and prevent crime. I will work to ensure the people of Rutherford and Cannon Counties live in communities that are safe for our families,” Jones said.
Jones, a Murfreesboro native, is a member of the Noon Rotary Club and serves on the Board of Directors for the Jennings & Rebecca Jones Foundation. He attends the World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro.
Jones is the son of Ransom Jones, Sr., a local businessman who served on the Tennessee Higher Education Committee and as Chairman of the Republican Party in Rutherford County. He is the grandson of the late Jennings A. Jones, a former mayor of Murfreesboro who founded the Jones Foundation and helped to establish the Jennings A. Jones College of Business and two Chairs of Excellence at Middle Tennessee State University.
“It is my hope, should I be fortunate enough to be elected, to continue my family’s tradition of public service by serving the citizens of Rutherford and Cannon Counties as their District Attorney,” Jones said.