Thomas K. Baldwin is announcing his candidacy for the position of Associate District Judge in Carter County. Baldwin currently serves as the Special Judge for Carter County. He has been the Special Judge since Nov. 2, 2009.

Baldwin graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1994. The same year, he received an award for outstanding achievement, OU's Legal Intern Scholarship, from the Oklahoma Bar Foundation for his work at the law school's Legal Clinic.

Baldwin earned his Bachelor of Arts degree, with distinction, from the University of Oklahoma in 1991, where he majored in Political Science and minored in History and Philosophy. At the time of graduation, he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Baldwin helped pay for college and living expenses by working in restaurants in Norman and Oklahoma City.

In 1995, Baldwin moved back to Ardmore, where he was employed as an associate in the law firm Fischl, Culp, McMillin, Chaffin, Bahner and Long. In 2001, he was hired as vice president, trust officer and general counsel at First National Bank & Trust Co. of Ardmore.

Prior to attending college, Baldwin served as general manager of Crystalwood Restaurant in Ardmore. Before then, Baldwin worked as a petroleum land-man. During high school, he was employed at Baldwin's Restaurant and Drive-in, a local eating establishment, owned by his parents Stan and Carol Ann Baldwin.

Baldwin graduated from Ardmore High School in 1980 and is a loyal tiger fan. He is married to Carey, and they are the very proud parents of 12-year-old daughter, Ireland, who attends Ardmore Middle School.