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Towery will not seek reelection


Roger Towery, Judge of the 97th District Court, has announced he will not seek re-election in 2012.

“I have enjoyed my service to the 97th District since 1990 and decided a few months ago that at the end of this term I will have served long enough,” said Towery. “The support which I have been given over the years from the voters in Archer, Clay and Montague counties is and has been greatly appreciated. This district has been fortunate during this time to have had two excellent District Attorneys, Tim Cole and Jack McGaughey, who were able to evaluate cases and present them in court as competently as any prosecutors in North Texas.”

Towery continued his praise, saying that the attorneys in Archer, Clay and Montague counties have been able to work together and communicate to bring cases to conclusion. The other office holders and employees of the courthouses in Archer City, Henrietta and Montague have been cooperative and pleasant to work with.

“I have attempted to represent this area well in my interactions with other judges throughout the state and hope my successor, whoever he or she is, will carry on that tradition.” Towery said. “Also to be thanked for their service to the 97th District are those who have served as jurors, grand jurors and grand jury commissioners over the last 22 years. And, it would be remiss of me to not mention the invaluable contributions of Linda Burleson, the 97th District Court coordinator, and the court reporters who served during the last 22 years, the late Ray Shields, Rick Norton and my current court reporter, Betty Sanders. And finally, thanks to my wife, Ann, who has been so supportive of my service to this district.”

In addition to serving as judge of the 97th District Court, Judge Towery has served on the Board of Directors of the Judicial Section of the State Bar of Texas and as chair of the Board of Directors of the Texas Center for the Judiciary, the statewide organization providing education to appellate justices, district judges and county court-at-law judges throughout the State of Texas.



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