Nacogdoches City Attorney Jeff Davis is running for 145th District judge after Judge Campbell Cox announced he will not seek another term in office.

“Judge Campbell Cox has done well presiding over the 145th Judicial District Court. Judge Cox is one of the finest jurists I have had the privilege to practice before. His tremendous knowledge of the law, even judicial demeanor, and strong sense of fairness has served Nacogdoches County,” Davis said. “If fortunate enough to be elected, I realize that I will have some very big shoes to fill.”

Cox was first elected in 2000 and has not faced an opponent since the 2000 Republican Primary.

“After serving five terms as district judge I have decided to retire from my current position at the end of my term. It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to serve the good people of Nacogdoches County in this role. I owe them a great debt,” Cox said.

Davis has practiced law since 1997 and was County Attorney from 2001 to 2008. He went back into private practice in 2009 and has been Nacogdoches City Attorney since 2016. He’s the son of Carolyn and the late Bryan Holt Davis, who served as county attorney for 35 years.

“I literally grew up roaming the halls of the courthouse, and as a practicing attorney, I have handled cases in every court in Nacogdoches County. I have also practiced law in multiple states and in most corners of Texas; therefore, being provided the opportunity to observe many styles of judicial approach,” Davis said.

As county attorney, Davis was responsible for prosecuting all criminal cases in justice courts and the county court at law.

“I have worked with multiple courts towards the improvement of docketing and case management systems to further efficient and fair administration of justice,” Davis said. “Moreover, I have practiced largely in every area of law that comes before the district court. I feel these experiences, when coupled with my prior and current public service, have well prepared me for this position.”

Cox plans to take senior judge status, which will allow him to sit as a visiting judge in other East Texas court rooms.

“I also hope to have a mediation and arbitration practice as well. However, we will have to wait and see what doors the Lord opens and closes for me. Who knows? I might be selling black eyed peas at the farmers market,” Cox said.

Davis and his wife, Julianne, have two children, Holt, 21 and Lizzy, 19.

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