VIDEO: Tyler attorney files challenge for 321st District Court bench

John Jarvis

Tyler attorney John Jarvis on Wednesday filed paper work to challenge Smith County 321st District Judge Carole Clark for her seat on the family court bench.

Jarvis filed the paperwork to name a treasurer for his campaign, he said on Friday. Judge Clark said in an emailed statement that she was not aware that Jarvis planned to challenge her.

"I look forward to running a race on my accomplishments of the last 15 years," she said in the statement.

Judge Clark is in her fourth term as a judge for the 321st District Court.

Jarvis, 46, is a Tyler native, who has practiced law for 17 years and has been active in all Smith County courts, including the family courts. He also is a certified public accountant.

"I feel that I could do more to help manage the court's money more effectively," he said, referring to recent reports of the 321st District Court spending more than Smith County had budgeted for its noncontract attorneys.

Jarvis is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School, Baylor University and the Texas Wesleyan School of Law, now known as the Texas A&M School of Law in Fort Worth. He worked as a certified public accountant for 4 1/2 years before attending and graduating from law school in 1996.

"I have worked as a public accountant, and I think that will help in adhering to a budget," he said.

It is that experience, Jarvis said, that qualifies him for the position as judge.

"I think I can help the county and the court," Jarvis said.

He and his wife Sheri have been married for 18 years and have a 7-year-old son. The family lives in the Lindale area.



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