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Glenn Funk Wins Davidson County District Attorney Race

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Glenn Funk Wins Davidson County District Attorney Race

CREATED May 7, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For the first time in more than 25 years, there’s a new District Attorney in Davidson County.

In one of the biggest races of Tuesday’s primary, Glenn Funk beat out Rob McGuire and Diane Lance.

Funk is a veteran trial attorney with 29 years of experience in the courtroom. He worked as a special prosecutor, an assistant district attorney, a public defender, and an attorney in private practice.

Funk will take over the office from outgoing DA Torry Johnson. Johnson held the position for over 25 years before announcing his retirement in January.

Johnson gave his endorsement to his deputy DA Rob McGuire. Even though McGuire had Johnson’s backing, he trailed Funk in fundraising by a significant amount.

Funk was supported with more than $112,000 in reported campaign donations, plus an addition $100,000 loan he wrote himself.

McGuire trailed with just over $48,000 in campaign donations and Diane Lance trails with just under $12,000 in reported donations.

All that extra campaign money meant Funk was able to get his name on TV and around town more, which could have helped him pull off his win.

"It was a lot of name recognition," Funk said. "But more than that I think it was I had support from across the community. We had a lot of folks who not only gave financially, but we had a lot of people who invited us into their homes and businesses - worked really hard for my campaign. We were really lucky and blessed folks from really all parts of Davidson County supporting this campaign."

Rob McGuire issued this statement:

"I want to congratulate Glenn on his victory in the Democratic primary for District Attorney. I pledge that I will assist him in any way I can to fight violent crime and do justice in our community. I am, of course, disappointed in the election result but I want to express my profound gratitude to my supporters, especially those who volunteered long hours for my campaign. I remain committed to advocating for victims and their families and I will seek to continue to serve the public."

There are no Republican challengers in August's General Election, so Funk will take office following the election.