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Evans will not seek new term as judge
Houston County Courier - August 2009
TRINITY – In a move designed to give other potential candidates time to plan, Trinity County Judge Mark Evans has formally announced he will not seek a fifth term in next year’s primary election.
“It is the right time for me professionally, to look to new challenges and new opportunities; with that in mind, I do not intend to be a candidate for re-election as county judge in the 2010 election,” he said in a written statement issued Monday, Aug. 31.
The judge indicated he was making the announcement now because filing for the positions on the 2010 primary ballot would get underway in December.
“I’ve never liked waiting for the last minute,” he said in an interview. “Other potential candidates need time to make their decisions and plans. There are those who might not run if they thought I was going to be in the race and this will give them a time to think about it.”
Evans currently is in his fourth four-year term as county judge and is set to serve through December 2010. Who ever is selected to replace him in next year’s elections would take office on Jan. 1, 2011.
Noting that the current renovation of the Trinity County Courthouse is now scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2010, Evans said the county should be moving back into the building at about the time he will be leaving office.
The son of two former Trinity County sheriffs, Evans was first elected as county judge in 1994. His father, Lynn Evans, served as sheriff in the 1960s and 1970s and his mother, Peggy Evans, was appointed to the office following her husband’s death.
During his time in office, the county experienced both hurricanes Rita (2005) and Ike (2008).
Under his administration, the county applied for and finally won a $5 million Texas Historical Commission Courthouse Preservation grant which is now funding the massive renovation and restoration of the Trinity County Courthouse in Groveton.
Evans is a past president of the North and East Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association and is a founding member of the National Forest Counties and School Coalition (NFCSC).
The NFCSC helped secure the passage of the federal Secure Rural Schools Act in 2000, which provided funds to counties and school districts, which contain federal forests. Under this act, Trinity County has received about $300,000 per year, which is used to fund the county road and bridge services. County school districts also divide another $300,000.
In 2003, Evans was awarded the Silver Bucket Award by the Deep East Texas Development Association in recognition for distinguished service to East Texas.