Crossroads Republicans pick Marr for district judge

May 30, 2012 at 12:30 a.m.

In a race marked by controversial campaigning, attorney Jack Marr prevailed to win the Republican nomination for District 24 Judge during Tuesday's primary elections.

"I feel great. It was a long, hard race," Marr said. "I feel very gratified to have won. Many people worked hard for many weeks. I couldn't have succeeded without their help."

The judicial district includes Victoria, DeWitt, Jackson, Goliad, Calhoun and Refugio counties. Marr won every county, but Jackson.

Marr thanked the voters throughout the region.

Messages left for opponent Chuck Cole, also an attorney, seeking comment Tuesday night were not returned.

The two candidates' campaigns were filled with accusations on both sides.

Marr claimed Cole was a lifelong Democrat who switched parties only to run for the seat in the 24th judicial district.

Cole rebutted by saying he would put his conservative values up against Marr's any day.

Marr also said Cole was being deceptive to the public about his courtroom experience, which Marr called "actually very limited."

Marr also reacted to a Cole campaign postcard that equated Marr's experience as a divorce lawyer to dividing up pots and pans.

For the past 37 years, Marr, 62, has worked as an attorney.

Voters shared their thoughts on Marr's victory.

"It was a tough race between two qualified attorneys who are experienced in the courtroom," attorney Kevin Cullen said. "Jack will do a great job.

GOP county chairman Michael Cloud said he feels good about the results.

"He will be a strong candidate for November," Cloud said of Marr. "The best candidate is someone who will rule according to what the law is and not according to personal ideologies and he won't legislate from the bench."

Marr's family expressed similar sentiments.

"I'm just proud of him," said Katlyn Marr, Marr's 13-year-old granddaughter. "He tried. He deserves it."

Marr will face Democratic opponent Sandra McKenzie, also an attorney, in the November general election.

"The plan is to keep running hard and hopefully win in November," said Marr, who said he will continue to go out in the neighborhoods and talk to voters.

The winner in the general election will replace Judge Patrick Kelly, who is retiring.



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