Erath County Attorney Carey Fraser has officially announced that he will not seek re-election next year.

Instead, Fraser said he plans on joining his father’s insurance business, Fraser Agency, Inc., while continuing practicing law part-time with his law firm, Fraser, Wilson and Bryan, PC.

“It was a hard decision to make, but I think it is the best thing for my family,” he said. “I am really looking forward to the opportunity to work with my dad.”

Fraser was elected in 2000 and took office in January 2001. During his years in office, Fraser never garnered an opponent. He said he is proud of the many things his office has accomplished during his tenure, including increasing revenue for the county through fine collections.

“I also think this office has done a great job of prosecuting DWIs and hot check writers,” Fraser said. “We certainly haven’t ended the problem completely, but we have made improvements.”

Fraser said he will particularly miss working with his staff, which includes Debra Franklin, Valarie Dickerson, Eva Guinn and Jennifer Darden, along with local law enforcement.

“I would really like to thank all of the constituents in Erath County for giving me the opportunity to serve for the past two terms,” Fraser said. “I will miss being a prosecutor and being a part of the Erath County team.”

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