Life. Liberty. Justice.

Martesha Johnson believes in the dignity and humanity of her clients. She is honored to have been an assistant public defender for 9 years. The stories of poor people in the criminal justice system, often experiencing hopelessness and distrust, have fueled her desire to be Nashville’s Public Defender. She vows to:

Carry the torch for community empowerment.

Speak up for fairness and equality in the justice system.

Serve as a guardian of liberty and a champion of change.



Martesha has been privileged to stand with thousands of people accused of crimes. She has told their stories and relentlessly advocated for fairness and equality in the justice system. She has handled a wide array of complex criminal cases-representing people from arrest to jury trial. Martesha ensures her clients are educated about their Constitutional rights and the criminal justice process. She has partnered with community agencies to secure housing, mental health and recovery assistance for those who are experiencing homelessness and co-occurring disorders. Martesha passionately serves her clients. Her experience exemplifies commitment to the work she does, the people she represents and the community she loves. She is also an active participant in DEFEND Nashville, an initiative from the public defender’s office designed to partner with the larger Nashville community in the fight for equal justice for ALL.

 Primary Election Day is Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Early voting is April 11 through 26.

Paid for by Friends of Martesha Johnson
John Spragens, Treasurer.