Wise County Court-at-Law Judge Melton Cude announced Monday he will seek re-election in the March Republican primary.
He has served seven terms, beginning in 1987, and said it’s “been a pleasure to serve the citizens of Wise County.”
“I would be gratified if I could continue serving our citizens in this position,” he said. “I felt called to be a judge.
“I guess there’s just something inside of me,” he said. “Growing up I always wanted everybody to play by the rules. If I was going to play a game, I didn’t want any cheating. I was just brought up that way by my parents, and that’s the way I am now.
“I like to see things happening and keep society running smoothly,” he said. “Society would work better if everybody played fair and treated everybody fair, but if they can’t, then that’s when we come in.”
Cude said he’s proud his office has kept up with technological advances over the years and credits his longtime court coordinator Debbye Barnett for keeping his court up-to-date.
Cude said he would be honored if the citizens of Wise County would support his re-election.