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Nester announces campaign for commonwealth's attorney
Newly appointed Commonwealth’s Attorney Andrew Nester announces his intention to run for election to the post Monday as supporters look on at the Henry County Courthouse. (Bulletin photo by Mike Wray)
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer
Henry County Commonwealth’s Attorney Andrew Nester on Monday formally announced that he will seek his first full term in the post in the Nov. 5 election.
The decision, he said, is a way of continuing to serve the community he loves.
“This is an exciting day for Henry County,” Nester said to a throng of supporters gathered for the announcement, which came about two days after Nester, 33, took the oath and was sworn in as commonwealth’s attorney on Friday.
At the same ceremony, outgoing Commonwealth’s Attorney Bob Bushnell was sworn in as a new judge in the Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court for the 21st Judicial District.
Neither appointment was official until midnight Sunday, Nester said, and he asked for the community to support him as well in his bid for office.
Nester is no stranger to the commonwealth’s attorney’s office — he spent seven and a half years there, both as a prosecutor and a deputy commonwealth’s attorney, he said.
It was an “opportunity and a privilege” to serve in both of those capacities, he said, adding that he felt dedicated to community service.
Nester explained that “nearly a decade and a half ago, I felt a calling” to public service. He began volunteering, and currently is the chief of the Collinsville Volunteer Fire Department, he said.
He said he believes he is prepared for the job, even prosecuting high profile cases because “I was already working with Bob on many of the higher profile cases.” Bushnell “did an excellent job before he left” to prepare Nester and ensure “I am up to speed” on the office’s case load, he added.
Bushnell also left the office on firm footing and in good standing relationships with other agencies, he said.
The commonwealth’s attorney’s office “has an outstanding, good working relationship” with local, state and other law enforcement agencies, and prosecutors work “hand in hand” with law enforcement to fight crimes and hold perpetrators accountable, he added.
Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry spoke at the announcement, and announced that he supports Nester in his election bid.
“Our offices work together very well,” and Nester always takes time to work with investigators on various cases, he said.
Also, “I’ve known Andrew for several years ... and I do believe what he stands for,” such as justice and fairness, Perry said.
In his new position, Nester said he plans to “look forward ... stand up and make right decisions” in difficult circumstances, and “continue to seek what is right.”
If elected, Nester said he will “strive to continue” those efforts, “seek what is right and” make the community a safer place.
A Henry County native, Nester and his wife Christy “love this place,” he said. “We love this community, and we believe there’s no better place to be.”
Nester is a graduate of Ferrum College and the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy. He is a member of Rich Acres Christian Church.