Nunn announces judicial election bid

Published 1:20 am Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Jimmy Nunn has announced he is seeking the office of District Court Judge in Dallas County.

Nunn, the city of Selma’s attorney, will make his official announcement today at 4 p.m. on the steps of the Dallas County Courthouse, 105 Lauderdale St., Selma.

“It is my goal once becoming the District court judge to review all existing programs that come under the judge and continue with the ones that best serve Dallas County,” he said. Also there are many programs, organizations, departments and nonprofits within Dallas County which are not being utilized to their fullest potential and it is my intent to tap into those resources and allow them an opportunity to work with the court.

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Nunn said he will be fair to everyone but firm on crime. He will set aside his personal views on issues and render a decision based on the evidence, law and the arguments of the parties.

Nunn said he will issue consistent rulings and avoid favoritism.

An issue the court deals with is non-support. Nunn said both parents are responsible for providing the financial and emotional support a child needs to grow into a responsible adult.

“It is my intent to strengthen the family by offering an alternative to incarceration for the non-compliant parent because both parents are responsible for making sure that the child has enough food to eat, clothes to wear and a safe place to live,” Nunn said.

Additionally, the 41-year-old attorney said he would take a look at the District Court workload to see if a second judgeship is necessary.

“Five years ago, the issue of a second judge was discussed,” he said. “It is my intent to review the case load with the administrative staff of the court and see if it warrants a second District Court judge. If so, I will seek out our legislative delegation to review the process of creating a second judgeship.”

Nunn also seeks to rehabilitate youthful offenders through education. As a college student he worked with the Alabama League for Advancement of Education as a volunteer tutor. Nunn went into the homes of public school students to tutor and provide a positive role model for students who were failing in two or more subjects.

“Since we have three colleges, Selma would be a great city to partnership with the colleges to establish this program,” he said.

Additionally, Nunn wants to provide motivational speakers and role models to challenge teenagers on issues, such as self esteem and thinking positive.

“I want to incorporate seminars in the school and also seminars to the parents to discuss issues on alcohol and drugs, peer pressure, teen pregnancy, abuse and other issues that teens are dealing with within the school and at home,” he said.

Nunn is a family man. He is married to Phenicia Nunn, a mathematics teacher at Southside High School. They have three children, Jimmy Jr., Jimicia and Jimaya.

Nunn was graduated from Jemison High School. He received a bachelor’s in mathematics from Alabama State University. He received his law degree from Mississippi College School of Law.

As an attorney, Nunn has worked for Legal services as a domestic violence coordinator and as assistant district attorney in the Fourth Judicial District before joining the city’s ranks.

He is a member of the Alabama State Bar, the Exchange Club and Selma Habitat for Humanity.