Both the district attorney and public defender for the 23rd Judicial District said they are glad that a plan to redraw the district failed Friday in the Tennessee General Assembly. DA Dan Alsobrooks said Monday he is “pleasantly surprised” that the proposal to add Hickman County to the five counties currently in the 23rd district was overwhelmingly rejected by the House of Representatives on the last day of the session. Public Defender Jake Lockert said he is “pleased that it was voted down.” Lockert had previously said he could accept the addition of another county to the district as long as his office was given more help, but the bill that passed the Senate and failed in the House last week did not provide for any additional staff. “This district is a well-designed district with Dickson County as a hub,” Lockert said of the 23rd Judicial District, which includes Cheatham, Stewart, Houston and Humphreys counties. Both Alsobrooks and Lockert’s current eight-year terms expire in 2014 and Alsobrooks has already announced he will retire after 36 total years as a prosecutor while Lockert says he does intend to seek re-election. Under one of the original redistricting plans circulated, Cheatham County would have split off the 23rd Judicial District and been paired with Robertson County, which would have forced Lockert to choose between running in the new district, creating an open seat in the 23rd, or moving out of his native Cheatham County to stay in the 23rd. The District Attorney’s office prosecutes all criminal cases in each court of the five-county district with eight state-funded assistants, three prosecutors funded by grants or drug seizures and two part-time assistants. The Public Defender’s office handles a caseload of almost 9,000 cases annually with four full-time, state-funded assistants and two assistants hired in positions funded for investigators. With 16 months left before the August 2014 election, Assistant District Attorney Ray Crouch is the only candidate publicly acknowledging his intention to run for DA and Lockert is the only candidate being mentioned for public defender.