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Attorneys want to be judge

Two Cameron attorneys have become the first two candidates to replace retiring 20th District Judge Ed Magre.

John Youngblood and Norman Lanford have submitted their applications to Gov. Rick Perry, who will make the appointment.

Youngblood is a Republican and Lanford a Democrat.

According to the governor’s office, there is no designated deadline to apply.

Magre will retire June 30.

YOU NGBL O OD —You ngblood, 45, is a Cameron native and has been a part of the Glaser & Youngblood firm since 2005. He practiced from his own office from 2002-05.

Youngblood said he will be a candidate for 20th District Judge in the 2012 Republican Primary.

A 1984 Yoe High School graduate, Youngblood earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas A& M in 1988 and a law degree from Baylor in 1991.

He was previously appointed by Perry to the Texas Risk Management Board.

LANFORD—Lanford, 63, has lived in Cameron since 2000.

He said Monday he is in the process of filing the necessary paperwork to run for district judge in 2012.

Lanford said he is the only attorney in private practice in Milam County certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Criminal Law and the only one qualified to defend capital murder cases.

He said he has 41 years experience in law enforcement, military policing and in criminal law, including 12 years as a district judge.

MAGRE PRAISE—Both candidates praised the outgoing judge.

“Judge Magre brought a great deal of integrity and intelligence to the bench,” Youngblood said. “It will be difficult to fill his shoes but I’m honored to be under consideration to do so.”

“I practiced before Judge Magre for his entire time in office,” Lanford said. “Whatever the type of case or the issues involved, I knew his decisions would follow the law and, most importantly, be just and fair.”

FAMILIES—Youngblood and wife, Lisa, have one son, fouryear old Cooper.

Lanford and wife, Peggy have two children, one a Yoe High graduate and one attending Yoe High.

Both men are Cameron residents.


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