NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - By Donna McCollum - email
NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - Reggie Cotton is the fourth African American to serve the court in the entire history of the Nacogdoches County Commission. For now, he's the last.
"For over 36 years we've had a minority that has served in this position of county commission, precinct 2," Cotton said.
In January that will end for at least four years.
"It's not been about black and white, but this office has been serviced by a minority since 1974," Cotton said.
Charles "Kilowatt" Thomson will assume the position in January.
"If it's good for Nacogdoches, it's good for all of us," Thomson said.
Something close to what Federal Judge William Wayne Justice was thinking. He led the effort to redraw precinct lines to increase the opportunity for minority representation. Thomson is confident an all-white court will not present the wrong message to anyone.
"I have no perception in it at all," Thomson said. "As long as the court does a good and fair job, I don't see nothing, in my mind, I don't see nothing wrong."
Cotton won the primarily minority boxes, but the margin was narrow. He's thankful for those who voted for him and maintains a loyalty to their support.
"I think I kept them involved and I think that's one of the things they'll miss is that they won't be...I hope that they will be more involved and I hope the commissioner that will be taking my place in January will keep them well-informed and I'm sure he will," Cotton said.
"We just need to work for the future, not dwell on the past of Nacogdoches," Thomson said.