Craig Stoddart Republican nominee to replace Justice Jim Moseley

(August 6, 2014) The Republican County Chairmen of Collin County, Dallas County, Grayson County, Hunt County, Kaufman County, and Rockwall County are proud to announce that Craig Stoddart has been selected to be the Republican Nominee in the November election to replace Justice Jim Moseley on the Fifth District Court of Appeals.

Last month, Justice Moseley announced his retirement, to be effective at the end of August.  Justice Moseley was first appointed to the Fifth District Court of Appeals by then-Governor George W. Bush in 1996 and has served with distinction for more than 18 years.

Wade Emmert, Dallas County Republican Chairman and Chairman of the Committee to select the Republican nominee, recognized Justice Moseley’s distinguished career:

“Justice Jim Moseley has been an outstanding Justice. The citizens of the Fifth District owe Justice Moseley a debt of gratitude for his years of selfless service and his dedication to the rule of law,” Wade Emmert said.

Because of the timing of his retirement, voters in the Fifth District have the opportunity to elect his replacement in the General Election this November.

Republican and Democrat County Chairs in the Fifth District Court of Appeals each may select a nominee to appear on the ballot.

“We considered many qualified candidates. In the end, we felt that Craig Stoddart possesses the legal qualifications to be an outstanding Justice while also demonstrating a commitment to conservative principles,” Chairman Wade Emmert said. “Craig Stoddart will be a Justice who applies the law, rather than legislates from the bench.”

Also in support of Craig, Rockwall County District Attorney Kenda Culpepper said “I’m incredibly proud and excited for my friend and colleague, the GOP county chairs have made a great choice for the Republican nominee, and I look forward to supporting Craig 100% in the November election.”


Stoddart is currently the First Assistant Criminal District Attorney for Rockwall County. He has represented the State of Texas as an appellate prosecutor for the past 22 years. He has passionately advocated in appellate courts across the State of Texas, including the Fifth District Court of Appeals and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

As First Assistant, Stoddard supervises an office of 25 employees, including 12 prosecutors, 3 investigators and administrative staff. In addition to his supervisory role, he also serves the Appellate Chief.  He has appeared before the 5th Court of Appeals in Dallas, the 6th Court in Texarkana, the 7th Court of Appeals in Amarillo, the 8th Court in El Paso, the 10th Court in Waco, the 11th Court in Eastland as well as the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

Stoddart received his Juris Doctorate degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law in 1990 and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from theUniversityofNorth Texasin 1986.

FIFTH DISTRICT COURT OF APPEALS: The Court of Appeals for the Fifth District of Texas has jurisdiction over appeals from both district and county courts located in Dallas, Collin, Grayson, Hunt, Rockwall and Kaufman counties. The Court hears both civil and criminal appeals.

DISTRICT EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:  By state law, the District Executive Committee designated to select the Republican nominee consists of the Republican Party Chairmen for the counties in the Fifth District:

District Executive Committee Chairman

Dallas  County Chairman

Wade Emmert

Collin County Chairman

George Flint

Grayson County Chairman

Reggie Smith

Rockwall County Chairman

Tim Hartley

Kaufman County Chairman

Jimmy Weaver

Hunt County Chairman

David Hale

Submitted by Wade Emmert.

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