Statement from Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran Regarding Congressional District 1

Over the past five years, I have been privileged to serve as the Smith County Judge. In this role, I’ve worked hard to support law enforcement and veterans, lower taxes, improve local elections, build roads, and put Smith County on a firm foundation for continued growth and prosperity. Serving as Judge has also provided me the opportunity to stand firm for liberty in the midst of a pandemic, work closely with counties across East Texas to support regional economic development efforts, and develop and implement thoughtful, prudent plans that make government work better for the people.

Though I love serving our local community in this position, Kyna and I are continually in prayer about when, where, and how best to serve our friends and neighbors here in East Texas. With the recent announcement from Congressman Louie Gohmert about his desire to run for Texas Attorney General, and in anticipation of that occurring, we are exploring the possibility of pursuing that open seat in Congress.

We are beyond grateful for the strong, conservative leaders in Congressional District 1 who have encouraged us so far, and who will help guide our final decision moving forward. If Congressman Gohmert decides to run once again for Congress, I look forward to continuing in the role of Smith County Judge. But, if Congressman Gohmert does not seek re-election to Congress, I am appreciative of the following close friends (and many more) who have pledged to support my election to Congress should I ultimately choose to pursue that path:

Hon. Bryan Hughes
Hon. Kevin Eltife
Sheriff Larry Smith
Sheriff Maxey Cerliano
Hon. Don Warren
Hon. Barbara Bass
Jerry Alexander
Phil Burks
Steven Campbell
Rev. Dennis Cable
Jay Ferguson
Bob Garrett
Hon. Stuart Hene
René and Gaylord Hughey, Jr.
Hon. John Nix
Mark Robinson
Jeramy “Jamy” Skaggs
Courtney Smith
John Soules, Sr.
Hon. Jeff Warr
Hon. James Wansley

I am honored that these individuals and many more — each of whom have proven themselves to be deeply committed to the strong conservative and moral values that bind us together in East Texas — will stand with Kyna and me in the next few days to provide well-needed counsel, advice, and support as we finalize plans for the future.

I applaud Congressman Gohmert for being a strong advocate for conservative principles these past seventeen years, and I pray that God directs his path in the coming days. As he considers what is most appropriate for his future and how he can best serve our region, state, and nation, I will do likewise and prayerfully consider the best way that Kyna and I, along with our four children, can serve East Texas, as well.

I look forward to the days ahead.


Nathaniel Moran,
Smith County Judge