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Robert J. Carter, District Attorney General for Tennessee’s 17th Judicial District, has announced he is launching his campaign for the 2014 election.
“While it may seem early, I believe it is time to start putting together my campaign for election as District Attorney General for the 17th Judicial District of Tennessee, which includes Bedford, Lincoln, Marshall and Moore counties,” he said. “As the current District Attorney General, I am prepared to pursue this election and ask for your vote.”
Appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam in July of 2012, Carter succeeded Chuck Crawford in the position. Carter had previously served as an assistant district attorney since 2010, working in the child support division and then as the state DUI prosecutor.
“I have always held the belief, as a public servant, to seek justice in the interests of the people and those victimized by crime through compassion, hard work and integrity,” said Carter. “I believe the work my office has performed since my appointment has been extremely productive and successful.
“Moreover, I believe the integrity, leadership and structure I have implemented in the District Attorney’s Office as well as the community dialogue that has resulted has helped to move our district forward in a most positive manner,” he continued. “Under my leadership, your district attorney’s office has accomplished a great deal.
“Our great team of assistant district attorneys and staff have maintained a high conviction rate, made our mark in the fight against sex offenders, protected victims through legislation, and partnered with law enforcement in the 17th Judicial District and surrounding counties in an effort to stop the revolving door to prison.
“There is more work to do, and I ask that you elect me in August so that I can continue what has been started,” he said. “I am committed as the District Attorney General to continue these positive efforts and working to continue protecting and serving our citizens.
“I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the words of support and positive feedback I have received since being appointed by Gov. Haslam.”
When Haslam appointed Carter to the seat last year, the governor said, “Robert represents the full picture of what we were looking for as the new District Attorney General, and I appreciate his willingness to serve the citizens of the 17th District.”
Carter is the son of David and Delora Shubert Carter of the Coldwater community in southwestern Lincoln County, the county in which he was also raised and educated.
“My wife, Kristin, and I decided we wanted to come home, after living in Memphis and Nashville, so that our children could be raised in our hometown and be close to their grandparents,” Carter said.
He and his wife, Kristin King Carter, live in Fayetteville with their children, Bruce and Sophie.
An honors graduate of Cumberland University in Lebanon, Carter earned his law degree from the University of Memphis, Cecil B. Humphreys School of Law, in 2006. In Nashville, he worked with the law firm of Smith Cashion & Orr, PLC from May 2006 to December 2010, handling complex construction disputes and litigation. He has been admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the Western, Middle and Eastern Districts of Tennessee and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
“I appreciate former district attorney general Chuck Crawford giving me the opportunity to return to my hometown when he appointed me an assistant district attorney,” continued Carter. “While working in the Child Support Division, I prosecuted, enforced, reviewed, and, when necessary, modified all child support matters for our judicial district. As the DUI prosecutor, I prosecuted DUI defendants in each county. We have got to work together in getting drunk drivers off the highways – our lives and those of our children and family members depend on it.”
The current District Attorney General said he is seeking election so that he can continue to serve the needs of the people and keep this district safe.
“I look forward to continuing my work to hold criminals accountable, protect victims of crime and keep our neighborhoods safe,” he said. “Protecting public safety and serving the interests of justice are my passion. Today, I am more committed than ever to serving the people of Bedford, Lincoln, Marshall and Moore counties as their District Attorney General.
“When elected, I will continue to work hard and continue the fight to uphold justice for all the people of the 17th District,” Carter added. “I ask for your vote and support. Our families deserve a District Attorney General who will serve with integrity, efficiency and a law-and-order spirit, and that is exactly what I intend to continue doing.”