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McLendon endorses Tesmer for DA

Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon recently announced that he is endorsing Charlotte Tesmer for district attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit.

The Second Judicial Circuit is made up of Butler, Crenshaw and Lowndes Counties.

“I appreciate what Charlotte does,” McLendon said. “(Chief) Lonzo (Ingram) and I have talked many times about the good work that her office does. I want everybody to know that she has my 110 percent support because I have been very, very impressed with what her office has done.”

Tesmer announced in October that she will seek a second term as district attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit.

Tesmer, who will run as a Democrat, was appointed by Gov. Robert Bentley in March of 2012 to fill the remaining five years on the unexpired term of John Andrews following his retirement.

Prior to her appointment, Tesmer was no stranger to the DA’s office. She worked as an assistant district attorney for 14 years under Van Gholston. When Andrews was appointed to fill Gholston’s unexpired term in 2001, Tesmer went into private practice, working mostly as a defense attorney in Butler, Crenshaw and Lowndes Counties.

William Rayborn, of Brantley, has qualified as a Republican to seek the office of district attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit.