Election Guide: District Attorney General
District Attorney General, 21st Judicial District
Kim R. Helper
421 Main St., Franklin, TN 37064 (office)
OCCUPATION: District Attorney General
FAMILY: Husband Gerry and daughters – Renee (12) and Abby (11)
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Franklin Breakfast Rotary; Girl Scout Leader;
St. Paul’s Church; 21st Judicial District Drug Court; Secretary – Williamson County Bar Association; John Marshall American Inns of Court; Williamson County Republican Women; Graduate of the Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law; A Vintage Affair
Have you ever held public office before? If so, what office and for what period of time? I have not held an elected public office. I was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for Circuit Court judge in May 2006. However, I have devoted my career to public service.
How long have you lived in Williamson County? What brought you to this area? I have lived in Williamson County since October 1997. I moved here with my family when my husband, Gerry, relocated to work with the Nashville Predators.
Why did you decide to seek this office? I know this community and its values. I believe my background as an Assistant District Attorney in Williamson County and as a Tennessee Assistant Attorney General qualify me for this important position.
What special qualifications do you have which qualify you for this position? The position of District Attorney involves not only trial skills, but also administrative skills. I have extensive trial experience as an Assistant District Attorney here in Williamson County and as an Assistant State Attorney in Hillsborough County, Florida. As an Assistant Attorney General, I prosecuted criminal appeals and developed a strong background in Tennessee criminal law.
I have completed the federal Women’s Executive Leadership Program and have held supervisory positions with the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office. These skills provide the experiences necessary to oversee the District Attorney’s Office in all four counties within the 21st Judicial District.
Name three issues in your race and tell us what plans you have to have a positive impact on those issues. Following my appointment as District Attorney, I reached out to law enforcement agencies and those within the community that work with our office. My goal is to improve the efficiency of the office. In addition, I am working to improve the operation of our office to take advantage of the skills and expertise of our staff. Finally, I am working to identify those concerns within the community to assure we work with the proper law enforcement agency to address those concerns. We participated in the gang forum sponsored by the Franklin Police Department. We are active in the Drug Court program and the Juvenile Insight Program, which provide alternatives to incarceration and the necessary tools for rehabilitation for eligible offenders.
What is the main message of your campaign? My message is that the District Attorney’s Office will always strive to be firm, but fair, and to make sure that justice is served within Williamson County.
Posted on: 7/17/2008