TAYLOR COUNTY, Texas — After 18 years of service to the 104th District, the Hon. Lee Hamilton, announced Friday that he will not see re-election for an additional term in office for Taylor County.

Hamilton's current term will expire on Dec. 31, 2020.

“It has been my high honor and distinct privilege to serve the citizens of the 104th judicial district these past 18 years. I will continue to serve as judge of the 104th until the end of my current term of office,” Hamilton said in a press release Friday. “I enjoy my work immensely. I have the pleasure of working with outstanding judges, attorneys, elected officials and county employees. And, on a daily basis, I have opportunities to have a positive impact on individual lives and the community at large.”

Hamilton has served as a judge for 30 years, including 10 years as Taylor County judge and two years as Abilene Municipal Court Judge.

“Even after all these years, I still love pursuing justice and the rule of law,” Hamilton said. “I am making this announcement now to give persons considering filing as a judicial candidate plenty of time to make that important decision.”

The filing period to file as a judicial candidate in the next four-year election cycle begins Nov. 9, 2019, and ends Dec. 9, 2019.