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    Jay Wright

Conroe Attorney, Jay Wright, who has done more than 117 appellate cases and practiced civil and criminal law for more than 34 years, has announced his candidacy for Chief Justice of the 9th Court of Appeals based in Beaumont, Texas. The position is being vacated by retiring Chief Justice Steve McKeithen.

Jay Wright says he is running for the position because “I want to fight to preserve our freedoms and pass them on to our children and grandchildren just as Ronald Reagan urged us to do. If we do not fight for our freedoms, they will be lost!”

Jay Wright says “If I am elected, I want to follow the type of conservative originalist philosophy expressed by Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court.”

Personal and background:

Jay Wright has been married to Beverly Cooke Wright for 31 years. They have four daughters: Laura, Christina, Nancy and Sophie and one Grandson. Jay and Beverly were both born in Corpus Christi and moved to Montgomery County in 2001. Jay is a former Prosecutor with the Nueces County Attorney’s Office serving as Criminal Division Chief from 1988-1990; and Civil Division Chief from 1990-1993. Jay has been in private law practice in Corpus Christ, from 1993-2001; and in Montgomery County from 2001-present.

Education: Beverly received her B.S. Degree in Education from Corpus Christi State University (now Texas A&M Corpus Christi). Jay received his B.A. Degree in Political Science from Corpus Christi State University (now Texas A&M Corpus Christi) and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from University of Houston Law School in 1985.

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