INTERVIEW: Freitag for 140th District Court - FOX34 Lubbock

INTERVIEW: Freitag for 140th District Court

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Early voting begins Tuesday for the state party primaries; we're focusing on Lubbock County's court system. Judge Jim Bob Darnell is retiring from the 140th District Court, and four Republicans are running to replace him.

Douglas Freitag, a guest on the News@Nine Monday, said his nearly 20 years of trial experience -- including both as a defense attorney and a prosecutor -- makes him the most qualified for the court, which mostly handles felony cases.

Freitag said the case backlog facing Lubbock County is the biggest issue in that court, and said it's a statewide problem.

"We can hire more attorneys," he said, "we can hire more police officers, we can build bigger jails, [but] we can't put more weeks in the year, so we have a finite amount of time that we can use to try to process those cases."

He said working efficiently on cases is key to mitigating the problem.

Three other candidates are running for this bench. Since no Democrat is running, whoever wins in the primary will take the seat.

You can check your voter status, look at sample ballots, and find voting times and places here.  Early voting runs through Friday, Feb. 28. Statewide ballots will cast on Super Tuesday, March 3.

Please go vote.

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