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Attorney and former Collin County Republican Party Chairman George Flint formally announced he is a candidate for judge of the 401st District Court.

Flint said he will seek the Republican nomination for the Collin County seat being vacated by retiring Judge Mark Rusch, who has presided over the court since it was created in 2000.

“The 401st District Court is a court of general jurisdiction, meaning that it hears criminal, family, and civil cases,” Flint told Texas Scorecard. “I have 38 years’ experience in civil litigation and will bring this deep and wide experience to the bench if elected. As a result, my candidacy is broadly supported by criminal, family, and civil litigation attorneys throughout Collin County.”

Flint added he also has support from the grassroots and has earned endorsements from over 40 precinct chairs.

“While I served as Chairman of the Collin County Republican Party, I was proud to work closely with our grassroots to elect solid, conservative, Republican judges who believe, as I do, in the rule of law, judicial restraint, and constitutional conservatism,” Flint said in a campaign announcement last week, adding he would continue that tradition.

Flint is a partner at Scheef & Stone, LLP with a focus on corporate and business law, an arbitrator with the Better Business Bureau, and an associate judge of Collin County Probate Court No. 1. He holds an MBA and earned a juris doctor degree from Southern Methodist University.

Other Republicans who have announced runs for the position include family law attorney Brook Fulks, criminal defense attorney Sarah Fox, and former 380th District Judge Suzanne Wooten, who is suing the county over a wrongful prosecution that forced her out of office.

Nine Collin County district judge races will be on the ballot in 2020. Candidates for the March primary must file to run for office November 9-December 9.