Special to The Reporter

Judge Wayne Bridewell has announced that he will be a candidate for re-election as District Judge of the 249th Judicial Court for Somervell and Johnson counties subject to the action of the Republican primary election on March 2.

Bridewell, 61, has been the 249th District Judge since 1991. He is a former Johnson County Judge and an assistant prosecutor in Somervell and Johnson counties.

He is married to Deborah Jean (Hannah) Bridewell, who is a lifetime resident of Johnson County. They are members of Field Street Baptist Church in Cleburne. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. W.A. (Buck) Bridewell, Jr. of Glen Rose and his wifeís parents are Mrs. Jean Ruth Hannah and the late George Hannah of Cleburne.

Judge Bridewell is a graduate of Glen Rose High School, Tarleton State University and Texas Tech University School of Law. Upon graduation from Tarleton, Bridwell was commissioned as 2nd Lt. in the United States Army.

As an attorney, he is a member of the Johnson County Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed by the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court and the Texas Supreme Court.

He has been a member of the College of the State Bar for the last 19 years, a past president of the Johnson County Bar Association, a past chairman of the Juvenile Board of Johnson County, and a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation (an award that is limited to one-third of the one percent of the attorney licensed to practice in Texas each year). Bridewell received the Gean B. Turner Award for Outstanding Lawyer of the Johnson/Somervell Counties Bar Association in 1998. Bridewell also received an award for Outstanding Service to Johnson County as an Assistant District and County Attorney in 1983, and was selected as an Outstanding Young Man of America in 1985.

In addition, Bridewell has received certification by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Criminal Law. (Less than 1.2 percent of all Texas Attorneys have received board certification as criminal law specialists). He graduated from the Texas College for Judicial Studies in 2005.

Bridewell has been active in civic and community affairs including being a member of the Christian Business Club, Cleburne Rotary Club and Presidentís Advisory Council of Southwestern Adventist University from 1991-2010. He is a member of Masonic organizations and the Elks Club in Cleburne.