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Rockwall attorney, twice-elected former Judge Pruitt running for new state House seat

ROCKWALL – Rockwall attorney and twice-elected former Dallas County Criminal Court Judge Jim Pruitt, who was instrumental in creating the first dedicated domestic violence court in Dallas, has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the new District 33 seat in the Texas House of Representatives.

Pruitt, 55, who was elected Judge of Dallas Co. Criminal Court #2 in 1994 and 1999, also collaborated while on the bench with the Department of Public Safety to write the first regulations in Texas governing DWI ignition interlock providers.

Elected by his judicial colleagues as a Presiding Judge over the Dallas County Courts and as a local administrative judge, he frequently traveled to Austin to work with legislators regarding laws that would affect the criminal justice system.

After leaving the bench, the board-certified criminal lawyer moved to Rockwall and formed the law firm of Culpepper and Pruitt with his wife, Kenda Culpepper.

When Culpepper was elected as the Rockwall County District Attorney in 2008, he created the Pruitt Law Firm, which practices mediation, family and intellectual property law.

The newly-formed House district encompasses all of Rockwall County and outer portions of Collin County, including Frisco, as a result of the recent redistricting process.

As a result of the recent legislative redistricting process, Representatives Jodie Laubenberg (R-Murphy) and Ken Paxton (R-McKinney) will no longer represent the areas encompassed in the new District 33 beginning in January, 2013, after the November, 2012, general election.

Two Frisco residents have already announced they are running for the GOP nomination – former Air Force fighter pilot and motivational speaker Scott O’Grady and Scott Turner, a former pro football player and motivational speaker. No Democrats have yet announced.

The primary election will be held March 6, 2012, and the general election Nov. 6, 2012.

Pruitt told a group of 200 supporters at a Labor Day barbeque at his home that, after taking a break from public service to practice law, he is ready to get to work again for the people, “finding solutions instead of making excuses” because he can no longer stand listening to ineffective politicians “sniping across party lines,” while hoping things get done.

He said people want a representative who will be “a person of action instead of just words” which he pledged to be.

“Tough times need aggressive and effective leaders,” said Pruitt. “People want solutions; they are tired of politicians sniping across party lines.”

“They want a good, safe place to live. They want job security. They want a good education for their children, and they want fiscally conservative and honest representatives who won’t be frivolous with their hard-earned money.

“They want a person of action instead of just words.  I am tired of simply listening and hoping things get done.  I have worked hard to establish myself as a conservative and equitable voice in this community, and I am ready to get to work again for the people, finding solutions instead of making excuses.”

Pruitt said he is proud of his judicial experience and has worked hard to establish himself as a conservative and equitable voice in the community.

“I don’t just strongly believe in fiscal and social responsibility, limited government, and law enforcement, I have a record of proven experience to promote these ideals.”

He added that voters should vote for him because he has far more legal and legislative experience than his opponents, and has had much success helping to improve the state’s criminal justice system.

While on the bench, for example, he was the founder and a lead lecturer for the Dallas Weapons Education Safety Training Program. In the class, he taught weapons, self-defense and protection of property laws to groups, including attorneys and law enforcement officers.

“As a judge, I saw a lot of dangerous situations.  I taught the class for eight years because I wanted to teach people how to legally protect themselves while staying within the confines of the law.”

After graduating from Baylor Law School in 1994, Pruitt started a general law practice, was a volunteer firefighter and became city prosecutor in the City of Sunnyvale, where he was also appointed Planning and Zoning Committee Chairman.

He has long been active in local Republican politics, serving on the Young Republican National Executive Board in the 1980s, and has been repeatedly elected as a delegate to the State Republican Convention.

In 2006, he was asked by the Republican National Committee to travel to Iowa to monitor allegations of potential election fraud in the national elections.

Pruitt has four children and lives in Rockwall.  He and his wife are members of the First United Methodist Church of Rockwall.

For more information, see www.pruittfortexas.com, his Facebook page or Twitter feed.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher

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