|Northcutt seeks county court-at-law judgeship|
|Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor|
Jan. 5, 2006 -- Sulphur Springs attorney Eddie Northcutt, 41, has filed to seek election as judge of Hopkins County Court-at-Law as a Republican.
He is the only candidate to file for the seat on the GOP ticket. Incumbent Hopkins County Court-At-Law Judge Amy Smith has filed for re-election as a Democrat.
Northcutt began his legal career as an associate with the local law firm of McLeroy, Litzler, Rutherford, Bauer and Friday before opening his own private practice in 2003.
Northcutt said his practice consists primarily of family law cases, criminal defense and civil litigation.
"As an attorney with the McLeroy firm, I served as assistant city attorney for Sulphur Springs and Commerce where I worked as a prosecutor in the respective municipal courts."
Northcutt is a former trustee for Sulphur Springs Independent School District where he served as vice president. He currently serves on the board of trustees for the Northeast Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Hopkins County Teen Court and C.J. Duffey's Youth Ministry and Boxing Organization.
According to Northcutt, the court-at-law was created by the Texas Legislature in 1991 to handle the county's misdemeanor docket, probate court, family law casesand civil suits with amounts in controversy up to $100,000 thus relieving the crowded dockets in the count's two district courts and county court.
"I believe my experiences in life uniquely qualify me to serve our county as a judge of our county court-at-law," Northcutt said. "I look forward to the campaign and the possibility of serving our county."
Northcutt has been married for 22 years to the former Karen White of Weaver and is the father of Charlie, age 20, and Graham, age 17.