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Maness makes it official: not running for re-election.
JEFFERSON COUNTY - One of the longest serving elected officials in Texas is officially retiring.
KFDM News told you last year Tom Maness would not seek re-election to his position as Jefferson County district attorney. Today he made it official by announcing his desire to retire at the end of the year.
He says his office prosecutes thousands of cases a year and after 27 years that's a lot of cases. He wants people to know two things about his time in office.
KFDM News has also learned that 58th state district court judge Bob Wortham will announce tomorrow his plans to run for district attorney, leaving a vacancy the county attorney hopes to fill.
Maness plans to spend his retirement with his family on his farm and he also enjoys flying his plane
JEFFERSON COUNTY - Jefferson County District Attorney Tom Maness has made official what KFDM reported last year: he's deciding not to seek releection.
In a news release issued Tuesday morning, Maness' office said he won't run for an 8th term and will resign at the end of this year.
58th State District Court Judge Bob Wortham has told KFDM News he'll make an announcement Wednesday outlining his plans to run for District Attorney.
County Attorney Tom Rugg has told KFDM he would be interested in running for 58th District Court Judge if Wortham sought the D.A.'s position.
News Release from D.A.'s Office:
Jefferson County Criminal District Attorney, Tom Maness, announces that he will not run for an eighth term and will officially resign at the end of this year. Maness began his career in county government forty-two years ago, serving seven years as Chief Felony Prosecutor, eight years as Judge of the County Court at Law, and twenty-seven years as District Attorney. One of the longest serving Elected Officials in Texas, Maness says its time to retire from public office.
"It has been a great ride. I wouldnt change anything if I had to do it over again. I came to work in the District Attorneys office in 1971. Planning to spend a few years before a career in private practice, forty-two years later Im still here. I have the most talented law office in the State of Texas. They know the law and have the strength and fortitude to seek what is right and just. They will continue to provide outstanding service and dedication to the people of Jefferson County."
"I was born and raised here, raised my family here, and hope that my grandchildren can grow up and live in the community where they have roots and opportunity. Most of us in public office devote our career to people we serve--to make it better for those around us. After forty-two years, its time to pass the office to the next generation. I will miss the courthouse and all the folks there. It has become my second home."