Jeff Harmon

Jeff Harmon has announced that he is seeking reelection as District Public Defender for the 12th Judicial District, which includes Bledsoe, Franklin, Grundy, Marion, Rhea and Sequatchie counties.

Harmon began as an Assistant Public Defender in 1992 and was appointed District Public Defender in 2011, and has since been twice elected to the position.

Licensed in 1986, Harmon has practiced exclusively in the 12th Judicial District since 1992. He has been a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Dunlap, Tenn., and has served as President of the Dunlap Lions Club. In his professional capacity, he has served both as President of the 12th Judicial District Bar Association and as President of the Tennessee District Public Defenders Conference.

“I am seeking this position one last time before retirement,” Harmon said. “I have poured my heart and soul into this job, and I am passionate about what I do in being an advocate for those who are often powerless to speak up for themselves. The framers of our Constitution made certain that they soon included a Bill of Rights, which made clear that there were limits and boundaries past which the government could not go. I have made it my life's work to try to protect those borders.

“As an Assistant Public Defender I worked my way up, slowly gaining experience, and after over 18 years and more than 200 jury trials, I was humbled when the people saw fit to entrust me with the Office of District Public Defender after the original District Public Defender retired. I humbly hope that the same good people see fit to put their trust in me one more time. God bless you all.”