Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


January 29, 2014

Peacock announces bid to return to court-at-law

JACKSONVILLE — Press Release

Conservative Republican and Presiding Judge Kelley Peacock announced her candidacy for Cherokee County Court at law with the backing of several local leaders. Prior to being appointed Court at Law Judge, Peacock served as Cherokee County Attorney.  

Among those supporting Peacock is former Cherokee County Commissioner Mary Gregg who said, “I know first hand the importance of the Court at Law to Cherokee County… Kelley Peacock is the right person for the job.”

Attorney at Law and Retired State District Judge, Cynthia Stevens Kent added, “As a conservative Republican, Judge Peacock brings to the bench her lifetime of experience in respecting individual liberty and freedom and commitment to the enforcement of the law to protect public safety.”

SMI Inc. VP of Operations Drew Durrett said, “Peacock has a proven record of being tough on crime, experience in all areas of the law.”

Criminal District Attorney D. Matt Bingham said, “It is important to have a judge on the bench who is dedicated to justice, professional, skilled, ethical and fair. Kelley possesses all of these attributes and will continue to be an outstanding judge.”

 And Brookhill Lower School teacher Jennifer Haugh said, “As the mother of a victim of crime, I can tell you that Kelley Peacock helped ease one of the most difficult periods in our lives. Her dedication to the victims of crime and aggressive prosecution of those who caused harm in our community was admirable. Kelley Peacock is a class act and Cherokee County is lucky to have her on the bench.”

Judge Peacock thanked those supporting her campaign and highlighted her experience, “My husband Nick and I are extremely humbled and blessed by the outpouring of support. When I was appointed to the bench I brought a lifetime of conservative values and ethical convictions with me, and have used them to seek justice and help make a positive impact for our community. My experience as a licensed attorney, former prosecutor and presiding judge uniquely qualify me for this position and I look forward to continuing to serve the people of Cherokee County as I have for the past seven years.”

A seasoned trial attorney, Kelley Peacock embodies experience and integrity. After graduating from Texas A&M with a Bachelors of Business Administration, Kelley worked for Baker Botts, LLP in Houston. She then went on to attend the University of Houston Law Center where she earned her Juris Doctor. In 2004 Kelley was licensed to practice law and began her legal career in Houston with an emphasis on civil and commercial law. In late 2005, Kelley felt a calling to public service and began her career as a prosecutor. For seven years Kelley worked as a prosecutor, while maintaining a private practice focused on family law, wills and trusts, and civil litigation. In 2012, the residents of Cherokee County elected Kelley to the office of County Attorney, where she served until being appointed to the Court at Law bench in December 2013. Kelley has tried more than 55 cases to a jury, represented countless abused and neglected children in family law cases, prosecuted thousands of criminal cases, all in the pursuit of justice. Over the years, Kelley has developed a reputation for being a firm, but fair, attorney. She has earned the respect of the general public, law enforcement, prosecutors, fellow judges, defense attorneys, and numerous county and state agencies through her career in public service. Kelley has a deep love of the law, a passion for public service and the integrity needed to preside over a court of law.

Kelley and husband, Nick, live in Jacksonville with their daughters, Dru and Kate.

To learn more please visit Judge Kelley Peacock’s website at: www.keepjudge


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