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Judge Fostel seeks sixth term

By Kristen Tribe | Published Wednesday, August 28, 2013

District Judge John Fostel announced Monday that he will seek a sixth term in office.

John Fostel

Fostel, who has served the 271st Judicial District Court since 1995, said he would like to continue serving the people of Wise and Jack counties.

In a press release from the Wise County Republican Party, Fostel said as this area grows, he feels like he has a lot to contribute to help ensure citizens have open and prompt access to the justice system.

“This county, especially, is facing a large population growth, which may present a lot of challenging things over the next few years, one of which is making sure that court facilities and court personnel are in place to ensure justice isn’t delayed any longer than normal,” he told the Messenger Tuesday. “I think my experience will help looking forward as to what’s needed and when it’s needed.”

He said his goal is to keep the docket moving.

“The criminal docket has between 400 and 600 cases. Obviously, if you stand still, you’ll be inundated,” he said. “With the creation of the second county court, (Judge Melton) Cude’s (county) court and CPS court, we’re ahead of the curve at this point. My goal is that we continue to do that.

“People have problems, and the longer they wait to resolve them, the worse they get.”

Republican Party Chair Allen Williamson said in the press release that he’s pleased Fostel is seeking another term.

“As an attorney, I have the privilege of appearing in Judge Fostel’s court and can say without hesitation that Judge Fostel is a tremendous asset to the citizens of Wise and Jack counties,” he said. “He’s experienced, fair minded and his integrity is beyond reproach. In short, he is a great judge.”

Fostel said his health is good, and he simply enjoys his job. He and his wife, Cathy, live on Lake Bridgeport.

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