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By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun—
GAINESVILLE – Cooke County Judge Jason Brinkley announced his candidacy for Texas House District 68 with the vacancy created by Rep. Drew Springer’s victory in the Senate District 30 special election runoff.
“As a local elected official for over 10 years, I know it is vital that we give property taxpayers relief, keep businesses open and protect jobs, deliver broadband Internet to rural Texans who need equal access to health care and education, and protect water resources vital to agriculture,” Brinkley said.
Texas House District 68 includes Childress, Collingsworth, Cooke, Cottle, Crosby, Dickens, Fisher, Floyd, Garza, Hall, Hardeman, Haskell, Jack, Kent, King, Montague, Motley, Stonewall, Throckmorton, Wheeler, Wilbarger and Young Counties. A date for the special election hasn’t been set.
In announcing his campaign for HD-68, Brinkley is resigning his position as Cooke County Judge under the state’s resign-to-run law, according to a release from Brinkley. He was in the middle of his second term as county judge, having previously served as a Cooke County Justice of the Peace for six years.
Brinkley served four years as President of Texoma Council of Governments Board of Directors and is a board member of the Texas Association of Counties and the National Association of Counties. The release stated he also served as the vice chair of the Rural Action Caucus and vice chair of the Ag and Rural Affairs Policy Committee with the National Association of Counties.
Brinkley holds a degree in political science from Texas A&M University and a juris doctorate from Oklahoma City University School of Law, the release stated. Brinkley is a fifth generation Cooke County resident. He and his wife Katie reside in Gainesville.
“I would like to thank Senator-elect Springer for his success in representing our area,” Brinkley said. “I look forward to working with him as our new state senator, and will be a common sense, conservative leader for rural Texas.”