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Bell County Voters,

Running for the 146th District Judge of Bell County is an honor. Given my unique skill set, holding this office is the best way for me to serve my community.

Trial court judges have a great deal of responsibility regarding the cases over which they preside. People before the court are often in difficult situations, and a judge must possess the necessary experience to ensure litigants’ rights are protected and citizens are treated with dignity and respect. Read More

Meet Mike

Get to Know Mike!
Joe Michael (Mike) Russell II attended Baylor Law School, following in the distinguished footsteps of his father who maintained a successful national litigation practice for more than 30 years. While at Baylor, Mike thrived both personally and academically. On a personal level, he met his future wife and Temple native, Lauren Jones, whom he married in 2004. On an academic level, his second-place finish in Baylor Law’s highly competitive mock trial competition confirmed his talent, strength, and calling to assist others through the complex civil litigation process.
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"As a family law attorney in Bell County for almost ten years, I believe we need an elected Judge that knows the laws, will listen to all evidence and witnesses, and make a fair decision. Mike Russell is a great, knowledgeable attorney that will do just that.” 
- Brittany Darby, Harrell, Stoebner, Russell
"Mike is a man of faith and family, both require unwavering devotion. He is calm, cool, and collected when faced with challenges resulting in reasonable, unbiased decision-making. Bell County needs and deserves a judge with such qualities. His knowledge and experience make him the best person for the position. Mike has my full support."
- Ray Hamond
"I'm voting for Mike Russell because he is smart, honest, and caring, and he is an outstanding lawyer. Mike will serve Bell County with integrity and humility."
- Bob Browder
"Mike Russell is an extremely competent lawyer. He has the even temperament that is essential for a good judge. More importantly, Mike cares about his clients, community and family, and he cares that fairness and justice are achieved through the legal process. I cannot think of any lawyer who would make a better judge than Mike Russell."

- Thomas Baird, Baird Crews Law Firm

"I am excited about Mike running for District Judge and know he will make a positive difference in Bell County. He embodies the qualities of a great judge— experience, expertise, integrity & humility.  I have the utmost confidence that Mike is the best candidate for the 146th District Court Judge. "
- Drayton McLane, Jr. 

"I've practiced law with Mike for eight years. I consider him a mentor and friend. There is not a lawyer in Bell County that is more qualified to be judge of the 146th District Court."
- Tad Allen,  Harrell, Stoebner & Russell
"The 146th District Court requires a judge with an extensive background in complex civil litigation. I have known Mike Russell professionally for many years and can assure you that he is qualified for this position."
- Jamey Secrest, Secrest Law Firm
"Mike's experience in civil litigation and family court over the past 18 years makes Mike Russell the strongest candidate for the 146th court. I wholeheartedly support Mike for Judge"
- Steve Brischke, Baird Crews Law Firm
"I'm supporting Mike Russell for Judge because I know him personally and can attest that he is a fair and honest man that I can trust to carry out the duties of our judicial system with wisdom and integrity."
 - Tyler Johnson, Alliance Bank
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