Al Scoggins, 378th District Judge, has announced his candidacy in the March 2 Republican Primary for the 10th Court of Appeals against incumbent Felipe Reyna.

Scoggins has been a trial court judge in Ellis County for more than 26 years, handling a wide variety of cases, including criminal, civil, family and probate.

His career of public service began as Ellis County Judge when he was 28 years old. He also served on the Ellis County Court at Law for more than10 years until he was appointed and sworn into office as 378th District Judge by Gov. George W. Bush in 1995 at the Capitol in Austin.

The 10th Court of Appeals sits in Waco and hears both civil and criminal appeals from trial courts in 18 central Texas counties. Cases that are then appealed from the 10th Court of Appeals go to either the Texas Supreme Court or the Court of Criminal Appeals, depending on whether the case is civil or criminal.

Upon graduation from Baylor University in 1977 with a degree in accounting and from Baylor University School of Law in 1979, Scoggins moved to the Ennis area and married Monica Novak Scoggins, an eighth-grade math teacher who also teaches part-time at Navarro College. They still live in the Ennis area with their daughter, Annie, a high school senior.

The 10th Court of Appeals was created in 1923. If elected, Scoggins would be the first Justice from Ellis County to serve on Ellis County’s appellate court.

Scoggins has been endorsed by Ellis County state Rep. Jim Pitts; former Chief Justice Tom Phillips and former Justice Scott Brister, both of the Texas Supreme Court; state Reps. Byron Cook of Corsicana and Sid Miller of Stephenville; District Attorney David Weeks of Huntsville; and TEXPAC, the political committee of the Texas Medical Association.

“I feel that my many years of experience as a trial court judge provides a good foundation for serving the citizens of this district on their appellate court,” Scoggins said. “If I am honored with the Republican nomination for the 10th Court of Appeals, I pledge that I will work as studiously as I can to minimize the number of my opinions that might later be reversed by one of the higher courts.

“If anyone would like more information, my Web site is www.scogginsforjustice.com,” he said.