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Victoria attorney seeks GOP nomination for 24th District judge seat

By JR Ortega
Nov. 25, 2011 at 5:25 a.m.

Chuck Cole

Summation of Chuck Cole's career

Has served on the board of the Victoria Food Bank.

An active member of LifePointe Fellowship Church.

Member of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice and a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.

Graduated Victoria High School in 1977.

Received his Bachelors of Business Administration from Baylor University in 1982.

Received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 1993 from Texas Southern University.

WHEN TO FILE

Filing begins Monday for the Republican and Democratic parties primaries.

Filing ends Dec. 15

Primaries will be March 6.

A Victoria attorney announced Friday, he will file for the Republican nomination for the 24th District judge.

Chuck Cole is a Victoria native and partner with the law firm of Cole, Cole and Easley.

Incumbent judge Joseph Patrick Kelly, who has served in that office for 17 years, announced Wednesday he would not seek re-election.

Chuck Cole was born and raised in Victoria and has had about 100 cases throughout his 17 years serving in Victoria.

"I think (growing up in Victoria) helps me understand the district and the area," said Cole.

The judicial district includes Calhoun, DeWitt, Jackson, Goliad, Victoria, and Refugio counties.

This year Cole was named Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine.

Cole said his legal and courtroom experience has shaped him to hold a position such as this.

He also said the law firm is well known in the community and he has received some support from locals about his plan to hit the campaign trail.

"It's something I've thought about for quite some time," he said. "It's just a good time for me."

Kelly was the recent recipient of the Victoria County Bar Association Legacy Award.

Kelly was appointed in 1994 for the 24th District Court, the same court his father presided over for 12 years prior.

"It will be an honor to continue his legacy should I be elected," Cole said.

Kelly's term ends Dec. 31, 2012.

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