Assistant District Attorney Andrew Jones has his sights set on his boss’s seat.

Jones announced this week his plans to run for Nacogdoches County District Attorney, citing a relationship with area law enforcement built over a six-year career in the office, among his qualifications.

“During that time, I have worked closely with law enforcement on everything from search and arrest warrants, digital evidence applications, and advising on the law, to aiding with complex, multi-agency narcotics investigations,” Jones said in his announcement. “My promise to you as your next District Attorney is that I will continue to work closely with law enforcement on the investigation and prosecution of cases in order to ensure a just result, that I will be mindful that I am a servant of the public and this community, and that I will be a responsible steward for your Office of District Attorney.”

Jones is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, from which he received a bachelors degree in history and a masters in public administration. He holds a law degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.

“While in law school, I was a senior editor on law review, Vice-Chair of the Board of Advocates, won a national advocacy competition, interned with the Supreme Court of Texas, and was inducted in the Order of Barristers,” he said.

He is a U.S. Army veteran, who was assigned to the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, 1st Platoon, Echo Company.

“I have handled hundreds of felony cases from intake through indictment to disposition and appeal,” he said. “Beyond prosecuting felonies, I manage the civil asset forfeiture caseload, prosecute juvenile cases, train new prosecutors on policy and procedure, supervise the diversionary program, and handle the extradition and rendition of felons in and out of Nacogdoches County.”

Jones is married with two children.

“I am committed to this community. I am invested in this community. Nacogdoches is our home and my wife and I want to raise our boys here,” he said. “If I can help make Nacogdoches a better place, not just for them but for everyone, then I have a responsibility to do just that.”

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