(Seguin) -- A state district judge will not be seeking reelection. Judge W.C. "Bud" Kirkendall, of Seguin, has announced that he will not be seeking a fourth term as district judge for the 2nd 25th Judicial District.
Judge Kirkendall tells the Seguin Daily News that he felt that now was the appropriate time to make the announcement.
"I just think it's time for somebody else to do the job. I'll be 67 at the end of this term. I will have been in office for well over 30 years and there's a time for all things to each its season and this season is passed and I think it's time for somebody else," said Judge Kirkendall.
The 25th Judicial District is comprised of Guadalupe, Gonzales, Lavaca and Colorado Counties. Judge Kirkendall has served as judge since Jan. 1, 2005 when he succeeded Judge Gus Strauss. Prior to that, he served as the district attorney for that same district. He was initially appointed to that vacancy in June of 1984 and was elected five times.
Judge Kirkendall says he is extremely grateful to the people of this district for giving him the chance to serve in these two offices. While he does not regard his announcement as a retirement, he says it’s simply a gesture of doing something different.
"There's lots of opportunities for retired judges, either for arbitration, mediation as visiting judges. Also, I'm young enough if I want to run for another office. That might be a possibility too. Right now, the arbitration mediation visiting judge sounds like the most likely option. Alice, my wife, and I like to travel and I'm sure we'll be doing some of that at least in the beginning," said Judge Kirkendall.
During his time in office, Judge Kirkendall served as president and chairman of the board of the Texas District and County Attorneys Association. He was named the Prosecutor of the Year by the State Bar of Texas in 1996 and has since then, received numerous other honors. In 2014, he ran unsuccessfully for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.