Job descriptionDistrict Courts are devoted to civil cases. Term is four years.
DutiesNote: civil law deals with behavior that injures an individual or other private party, such as a corporation. Examples include libel, breach of contract, property damage, and negligence resulting in injury or death.
Annual salary$140,000-$168,000

Who’s Running?

Matthew Hegeman
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matt-hegeman-55891930
Email: Matt.hegeman@gmail.com
Democrat
Don Cosby (incumbent)
Website: https://www.judgedoncosby.com
County page: https://access.tarrantcounty.com/en/civil-courts/district-courts/67th-district-court.html
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/judgedoncosby
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/JudgeDonCosby
Email: judgedoncosby@yahoo.com
Republican

Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Matthew Hegeman
Don Cosby
I am the most experienced and qualified candidate for Judge of the 67th District Court because I have been the Judge since 2000, having completed some 450 jury trials and over 1,000 bench (non jury) trials and hearings. Local attorneys presently rate me as the only qualified candidate for this job. Before becoming judge, I practiced law for 20 years. I am known for my hard work , integrity, fairness and dedication to the Court and the "rule of law". The 67th Court is a civil district court focused solely on contract, property, financial, insurance, personal injury and other complicated disputes and does not hear criminal nor family matters. Only an experienced, qualified and principled individual is capable of handling the Court's cases. I am the only candidate with such experience and qualifications to serve as Judge of the 67th District Court.
2. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Matthew Hegeman
Don Cosby
As shown by the 2 most recent Tarrant County Bar Association polls of existing judges and candidates, I am one of the highest and positively rated judges and candidates in Tarrant County. By those who voted, I am known as hard working, fair, highly qualified, experienced, dedicated, a follower of the "rule of law" and committed to justice to all court participants regardless of race, gender, religion, financial status, disability, color, or education. If re-elected, I will keep these principles and standards.
3. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR JUDICIAL PHILOSOPHY?
Matthew Hegeman
Don Cosby
As Judge of the 67th District Court for the past 20 years, I have maintained a simple judicial philosophy:
1. Be fair and impartial to all, no exceptions;
2. Follow the "Rule of Law": follow and interpret the law, and do not make law;
3. Serve the people; and
4. Be humble and thankful at all times.
4. HOW MIGHT THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, WHICH IS LIKELY TO BE AROUND FOR SOME TIME, AFFECT YOUR THINKING OR WORK ON THE COURT?
Matthew Hegeman
Don Cosby
The pandemic has created an unimaginable backlog of judicial cases needing immediate attention. Only an experienced, highly qualified, hard working, organized and principled jurist like me (Don Cosby) is capable of handling this backlog crisis while at the same time ensuring to the attorneys and parties that fairness, integrity and the "rule of law" will not be compromised. I already have a plan ready to implement to address this backlog once the virus restrictions are lifted. Presently while the restrictions are in place, the 67th District Court has remained open with the Court staff and I working hard and diligently to conduct hundreds of hearings and bench trials (non jury) using video and telephone conferencing tools.
5. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Matthew Hegeman
Don Cosby
Having been raised locally at the Lena Pope Children's Home and being the foster son of former Fort Worth Mayor Bob and Fran Bolen, I was taught the importance of hard work, dedication and commitment. These traits along with others I have adopted in my role as a husband, father, judge, and community volunteer. I have enjoyed serving the citizens of Tarrant County these past 20 years as their Judge of the 67th District Court. I love my job and honor the importance of the work that I perform. I want very much to remain as Judge of the 67th District Court. I ask for your vote.

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