Local attorney Mac Rust said he will “definitely” run for Erath County Attorney next year, following the announcement that incumbent Carey Fraser will not seek a third term.

“This is something I’ve thought about for a long time,” Rust said. “I’m looking forward to it.”

Rust said he would not be running if Fraser was still in the race because he “likes what has been going on in the county attorney’s office.”

But if he’s elected, he said there are a few changes he would make. First on his list of things to do would be to evaluate the “huge backlog of cases” to determine if he could “speed up the process a little.”

“I want to try a lot more cases - and I want to push the docket a little faster,” he said. “I understand that it’s a high-volume office, but I’d like to get justice a little swifter.”

Rust, 34, and his wife, Lani, have been married for six years and have a five-month-old daughter, Madison. Growing up in Rocksprings, Rust attended Tarleton State University and Howard Payne University, earning three degrees in history, political science and business.

He attended law school at UT Austin, then joined a firm and began practicing law in Austin for the next two years. He worked in College Station for another year before moving to Stephenville in 2001 to open his own firm and be closer to family.

“Part of the reason for coming to Stephenville was to be close to my dad so I could help on his cutting horse ranch,” Rust said.

If elected, Rust said he will keep his private practice open.

“But with the understanding that the position of county attorney is a full time job,” he said.

SARA VANDEN BERGE is Managing Editor of the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached at 254-968-2379, ext. 240.