Torry Johnson has endorsed one of the top prosecutors in his office to succeed him as Davidson County District Attorney. Rob McGuire graduated from Vanderbilt Law School in 2001 and went straight to work as an assistant DA. He says a career prosecutor like himself is the ideal candidate to succeed Johnson, both in his experience in trying cases and the respect heâ€™s earned from colleagues in the District Attorneyâ€™s office.
“They know that Iâ€™m here late, that I get here early. When Iâ€™m in trial, Iâ€™m averaging three to four hours of sleep a night. They know when I hang a picture of a victim in my office thatâ€™s a case Iâ€™m taking home with me every night. And thatâ€™s something that you canâ€™t conjure and you canâ€™t teach. And you either have it or you donâ€™t. “
McGuire wasted no time in starting his campaign. An official website and Twitter account went live, hours after Johnson announced his retirement Wednesday. So far, heâ€™s the only announced candidate for Davidson County DA. McGuire is running as Democrat in the May 6th primary. The general election is August 7.