Attorneys seek GOP nomination for district judge position

May 2, 2012 at 12:02 a.m.

Editor's note: The Advocate is profiling candidates in the May 29 primary election. This profile features candidates for the Republican Party nomination for 24th judicial district judge. The winner will face Democrat Sandra McKenzie in the November general election.

Two attorneys with different experience levels are vying for the Republican Party nomination for District 24 judge.

On May 29, the residents of Victoria County will use their votes to hand down a decision on who will be the next judge for the 24th Judicial District.

Candidates Jack Marr, 62, and Chuck Cole, 53, are seeking the nomination in the May 29 primary election.

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

While both men are attorneys, they each took different paths to get there.

For the past 18 years, Cole has worked as an attorney with Cole, Cole & Easley, P.C., where he is also a partner.

Before joining the law firm, he earned a bachelor of business administration from Baylor University and a law degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University.

Over the years, Cole, who was recently named a "Texas Super Lawyer" by Texas Monthly magazine, said he has handled more than 1,000 cases, including more than 70 cases before juries in Texas courtrooms.

With more than 35 years of hands-on courtroom experience, Marr has handled more than 2,000 civil, criminal and family law cases during his career.

The Board Certified Legal Specialist and College of the State Bar of Texas Fellow has received numerous awards for legal excellence, including Texas Monthly Magazine "Super Lawyer" continuously since 2005.

Both candidates shared their reasons for running for the district judge position.

"Choosing judges is important, as poor choices when electing judges lead to the denial of justice. A judge who has poor knowledge of the law or inadequate trial experience will invariably make mistakes and unjust rulings," said Marr. "I am the only candidate for this position who has the full range of trial experience, legal education and professional training to effectively fulfill the duties of district judge. The judges' bench is no place to 'learn as you go,' and with over 35 years of legal experience, I have the knowledge and wisdom to apply the law fairly and justly."

Meanwhile, Cole said, "Those who have been blessed by a society have a duty to give back to it. Luke 12:48 states, 'From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.' This community has been wonderful to me and my family, and over the years I've worked with a variety of civic and charitable organizations."

"Becoming a grandfather for the first time was a life-changing moment, however, and it made me realize I have a responsibility to ensure our justice system remains strong for future generations," Cole continued.

If elected, Cole, a self-described strict constructionist, said he plans to serve his constituents by providing a courtroom with an even playing field where everyone is treated equally and with respect.

Some of the issues Cole said he would like to tackle in office include making sure justice is being done as efficiently and cost-effectively for the taxpayers as possible.

Marr, however, said he plans to apply the law as written and fairly examine the facts in each case to ensure that all parties are treated justly.

He plans to study ways to ensure courtroom time is used efficiently by everyone and make good judicial decisions, keeping in mind the devastating long-term effects that poor judicial decisions can have on children.



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