Ryan Spitzer will seek judicial appointment following early retirement of Judge Elledge

(Submitted) Assistant District Attorney General Ryan Spitzer will seek the Republican nomination to succeed Judge Donald R. Elledge in 2022

Assistant District Attorney General Ryan Spitzer has announced he will seek the office of Circuit Court Judge in Anderson County following the early retirement of the Honorable Donald R. Elledge, effective June 30th of this year. Governor Bill Lee is expected to appoint a new Judge to fill the remainder of the term until the regular election next year. Spitzer announced he will be seeking the appointment by the Governor and also intends to be a candidate in the Republican Primary on May 3rd, 2022.  

Spitzer has served as an Assistant District Attorney here in Anderson County for the past thirteen years, helping to investigate and prosecute thousands of criminal cases in both General Sessions and Circuit Court.  He also serves as the Prosecutor for the 7th Judicial District Crime Task Force working closely with Agents to target the worst violent and drug-related offenders. Prior to becoming a prosecutor, Spitzer practiced civil law including divorce, bankruptcy, probate, contract disputes, and general civil litigation. 

Spitzer said “The office of Circuit Court Judge here in Anderson County involves hearing both civil matters and a large number of criminal cases, many of which involve violent crime, burglary, theft, and drug trafficking.  My thirteen years prosecuting criminal cases in this Court, as well as my earlier civil background, make me particularly well-suited to take on this role. I am prepared to serve the people of Anderson County from day one. The impact of COVID has left no time for on-the-job training”, Spitzer stated.

Spitzer added, “It has been an honor to practice law in front of Judge Elledge for the past thirteen years.  And I am committed to continuing to build upon the legacy of fairness and professionalism that he leaves behind.”

A native Tennessean, Spitzer served as a medic in the Army National Guard for six years from 1993 to 1999 while obtaining his Bachelor of Science Degree from Lambuth University in Jackson Tennessee in 1999 and graduating Vanderbilt Law School in 2003.

Ryan and his wife Tracy reside in Oak Ridge along with their two sons Rogan 9 and Keegan 6 and attend St Mary’s Church in Oak Ridge.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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