Lebanon attorney Brody Kane defeated Brian Fuller, an assistant district attorney for the 15th Judicial Circuit, for the Circuit’s Criminal Court Judge’s seat being vacated by David Durham who is retiring.
Based on final unofficial numbers from Smith, Trousdale and Wilson counties, partial numbers from Jackson and Macon, Kane received 22,337 votes to Fuller’s 9,273.
“I was very pleased with the results. I didn’t know what to expect,” Kane said. “You just keep working every day and keep talking to people about why you think you’ll be the best candidate.”
Kane said he was “thankful for my family and all of my friends and supporters who worked so hard for this day.
“I'm humbled by the confidence that the public has placed in me by voting me into this position. I know Brian worked very hard as well, and I wish him nothing but the best.”
Fuller who said he was disappointed in the results, also wanted to thank everybody that helped with the campaign and put in long hours.
“I had a lot of people who stuck with me through the months. The results didn’t come out the way we wanted, but I think my family and I will come out of this stronger,” he said.
Asked if he would seek office again, Fuller said, “I don’t ever want to say never, but judicial elections are every eight years and that’s a long way off.
“Right now, I’m thankful that this one is over and disappointed in the way it turned out. I have a great family, two beautiful kids and a wonderful wife. I plan to go back to work next week at the District Attorney’s office and serve the people of the 15th Judicial Circuit like I have for the last 16 years.”
Results from each county as of press time were as follows:
- Jackson – Fuller, 391; Kane, 1,161
- Macon – Fuller, 1,028; Kane, 2,781
- Smith – Fuller, 1,435; Kane, 3,204
- Trousdale – Fuller, 620; Kane, 1,361
- Wilson – Fuller, 5,799; Kane, 13,830
Amelia Morrison Hipps is a correspondent for The Wilson Post. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.