Nacogdoches attorney Noel D. Cooper has filed as a Democrat for the 2020 election to replace retiring 145th District Judge Cambell Cox, setting up the first contested race for the seat in two decades.

Cooper has no primary opponent, nor does Republican Jeff Davis, so the two will square off in a slate of highly anticipate November 2020 election including a presidential race.

“I have worn a range of hats in my years as a lawyer, in criminal, civil, and family law cases,” Cooper said. “The 145th Judicial District Court is a court of general jurisdiction, and whomever is elected to replace Campbell Cox will need a broad background in civil, criminal, and family law, all of which I bring to the table. I would be humbled at the opportunity to serve my Nacogdoches County neighbors.”

Cooper owns the Law Offices of Noel D. Cooper on North Street and practices law throughout East Texas.

He has been a licensed Texas attorney for 23 years, and represented individuals and businesses across the state. He and his wife his wife, a professor, have two children.

“I am proud to call Nacogdoches my home,” Cooper. “During my more than 20 years in private practice, I have represented my clients in all regions of the State of Texas and in counties large and small.”

Cooper said 145th Judicial District Court presents unique demands on its judge.

“The smaller tax base of counties like Nacogdoches means that many of the services and programs offered by more affluent communities are unavailable or cost prohibitive,” he said. “From electronic access to court dockets to services that support sobriety, funding is always a factor. I would like to implement creative solutions to increasing transparency and reducing the addiction-fueled revolving door too often seen in the criminal justice system.”

In November, Cox announced he would retire after 20 years on the bench. He had not faced an opponent since the 2000 Republican Primary. Cox plans to take senior judge status, which will allow him to sit as a visiting judge in other East Texas court rooms.

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