VZC District Judge Teresa Drum not seeking re-election

The following is a press release provided to the Canton Herald from VZC District Judge Teresa Drum.


“In 2003, when I took the bench, I promised to serve four terms unless no one else wanted the job.  A few days ago, Van Zandt County Criminal District Attorney Chris Martin informed me that he wanted the job.  Therefore, I will not be seeking re-election.  Although I am far too young to retire, I am ready to stand down from the bench and pursue other endeavors. 

As the first Republican female District Judge in Van Zandt County, I am proud of the many positive changes I have made.  When I took office, there were 5,147 pending cases.  During my terms of office, I disposed of over 36,000 criminal and civil cases.  Today, there are only 1,700 civil and criminal cases. 

However, I understand that these many cases are not just files in a drawer; they are people’s divorce and custody issues, people seeking redress for personal injuries, foreclosures, and people facing criminal charges.  Each litigant deserves respect and their day in court. 

During my 15 years, I have had the opportunity to work with some of the best attorneys in the State of Texas, the most dedicated elected officials, and the hardest working county employees in this great State. I am truly blessed and have come to understand better than ever the words of Abraham Lincoln, when he said:

“I would be the greatest fool on this footstool called earth, if I ever thought that for one moment I could perform the duties of that office without help from One who is stronger than all.”

Thank you all for your support and prayers and may God bless.”