Campaign 2006: Brazos County Court at Law #1

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As part of News 3's election coverage, we're profiling some of the key local races. Brazos County Court at Law #1 is up for grabs, with Democrat Allen Segal and Republican Amanda Matzke vying for the position.

Segal is a graduate of the University of Houston, where he got his BA and his law degree. He worked at a pair of schools at Texas A&M (the Engineering Experiment Station and the Mays Business School), and in 1980, he began his law practice locally.

"I've been a lawyer for 38 years, and during that time, I've done a great deal of civil practice, including divorces and family law and probate and general civil litigation," Segal said. "This court also handles misdemeanor criminal actions. I've done felony actions. I've done a lot of juvenile work. I have the broad base that this court requires to have a judge who's going to sit on it's bench. That's why I'm the best qualified candidate."

Matzke is a graduate of Texas A&M and Baylor's law school. For the last ten years, she has worked in Brazos County as an assistant county attorney.

"I'm a trial attorney, and I have been for the past 10 years," Matzke said, "which means that I spend most of my time in the courtroom, which is unlike a lot of other attorneys who are transaction attorneys and spend a lot of time in their office and aren't in the courtroom very often. I'm in the courtroom three-to-five times a week and am familiar with the processes there, and I think that's very important to this job."

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