Kyle Decides Against Run for Shelby DA

State Senate Democratic Leader. Jim Kyle announced Friday he will not run for Shelby County district attorney general next year, reports Rick Locker.
A special general election is scheduled for next August for the office in the wake of former district attorney general Bill Gibbons’ departure in January to join Gov. Bill Haslam’s cabinet as commissioner of safety and homeland security. Haslam appointed Gibbons’ deputy district attorney, Amy P. Weirich, a Republican, to replace him in January and she will be a candidate for the remainder of the term.
The qualifying deadline for candidates is Dec. 8 and the special primary election for the office is in March.
“Approximately two weeks ago, several good Democrats contacted me to encourage me to run for District Attorney of Shelby County. I am writing you today to decline their generous offer of support, and wanted to take a moment to explain why,” Kyle wrote.
He said that the sudden death of his longtime law partner earlier this year put the law firm’s future in question.
“At that time, I told my lawyers, staff and clients that if they stuck with me, we would continue to move forward. They did, and we have. It would be unfair of me to tell them six months later that I was leaving the practice that I had promised to keep together. I have always tried to do the right thing, and I know that this is the right decision for both my family and the people close to me,” Kyle wrote.
“Please know that I still believe that a candidate with strong, united Democratic support can be successful in Shelby County. That’s why I wanted to tell you of my decision before the filing deadline,” he said.

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