by Nick Beres
RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. - It's election season and one Rutherford County Judicial candidate is running with some unique qualifications.
"Everyone has issues in life that may knock them to their knees," said W. Alan Rose.
But it didn't keep Rose down. He's out putting up campaign signs.
Rose is running for Smyrna Town Judge, despite the fact he was arrested nearly two years ago on felony gun and drug charges.
The cases have yet to be resolved and he continues to practice law.
Election officials said Rose has every right to run for judge as long as he lives in Smyrna, has a valid law license and no felony convictions. The town judge serves eight year terms and hears cases ranging from misdemeanors to felonies.
"As it stands right now, he is still on the ballot," said Nicole Lester Russell, the Rutherford County Elections Administrator. "We only insure that he meets qualifications required by law."
Rose said he knows some voters will say they can't vote for him because of the charges. He would tell them his experience dealing with serious charges is exactly why they should vote for him.
"It has the potential to totally destroy your way of life and you don't want somebody to take it lightly. And I've lived it and know it and the effect it can have on you," said Rose.
Rose's name will appear on the ballot. His criminal case is expected to move forward later this spring.