(ROCKWALL, TX – Sept. 6, 2017) Rockwall County District Attorney Kenda Culpepper announced her intent to run for re-election in front of approximately 300 supporters at a Labor Day barbeque event at her home on Monday.
“I am so very honored to be your District Attorney,” she told the crowd. “I have worked hard to not only make my office one of the best and most respected in the state but also to bring creative and productive programs to Rockwall County.”
Culpepper has been instrumental in helping to create the Rockwall County Children’s Advocacy Center for which she now serves as President of the Board of Directors. She is also one of the founders of the North Texas Regional Veterans Court and, most recently, has created a task force to address issues affecting juveniles in the community.
“As elected officials, you trust us with the responsibility of helping to make our community a better place,” she said. “I take that responsibility very seriously. I really believe that our county is at a crossroads in its history right now. I can only hope that my daughter and your children and grandchildren will look back at our actions years into the future and nod their heads in approval.”
Culpepper was elected as the Rockwall County District Attorney in 2008 and has been re-elected to subsequent four-year terms in 2010 and 2014. She supervises thirty-one employees (including 16 prosecutors), and her office handles almost all of the criminal prosecutions in the county.
Culpepper is the immediate past chair of the State Bar of Texas’ Professionalism Committee, and she is on the state-wide Board of Directors for the Texas District and County Attorney’s Association and the Texas Bar College.
In 2015, she was honored to be part of the team of prosecutors and investigators who won the state-wide “Lone Star Award” for their work in the capital murder conviction of former Justice of the Peace Eric Williams, who was sentenced to death for killing the Kaufman County District Attorney, his wife and one of his assistant DA’s. In 2016, she was bestowed the “Ruby Award” from Soroptimist International in recognition of her work to improve the lives of women and girls through her professional and volunteer work. In 2017, the Rockwall Police Department awarded her their “Chief’s Merit Award” for her efforts in establishing the Children’s Advocacy Center for Rockwall County.
Locally, Culpepper is additionally on the Board of Directors for the Rockwall ISD Education Foundation and the Rockwall County Bar Association. She is also active in the North Texas Crime Commission, the Rockwall Noon Rotary Club, Rockwall County GOP, Rockwall Women’s League, Daughters of the American Revolution, and Friends of the Library, among others. She, her husband, Rockwall Mayor Jim Pruitt, and their daughter are members of the First United Methodist Church of Rockwall.
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