Seven seats up for election on Texas’ two courts of last resort

On March 3, 2020, Texans will have the opportunity to vote in primaries for six of the seven seats on Texas’ two courts of last resort holding elections this year.

Texas is unique in that it is one of two states in the nation with two courts of last resort: a Supreme Court and a Court of Criminal Appeals. The Texas Supreme Court is the court of last resort for civil matters. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals is the state’s court of last resort for criminal matters. Both have nine judgeships.

A Republican primary will take place in the race for Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place Three, featuring Bert Richardson and Gina Parker.

The Democratic primaries and candidates are:

  • Texas Supreme Court, Place One: Amy Clark Meachum and Jerry Zimmerer.
  • Texas Supreme Court, Place Six: Kathy Cheng and Larry Praeger.
  • Texas Supreme Court, Place Seven: Brandy Voss and Staci Williams.
  • Texas Supreme Court, Place Eight: Peter M. Kelly and Gisela Triana.
  • Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place Three: William Demond, Elizabeth Davis Frizell, and Dan Wood.
  • Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place Four: Tina Yoo Clinton and Steven Miears.

There will also be a general election for Place Nine on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Brandon Birmingham is running unopposed in the Democratic primary and David Newell is running unopposed in the Republican primary.

In addition to those primaries, Libertarian candidate Mark Ash will be running for Place 1 on the Supreme Court, Libertarian candidate William Brian Strange will be running for Place Seven of the Texas Supreme Court, and Libertarian candidate Tom Oxford will be running for Place Eight of the Texas Supreme Court.

The primary is scheduled for March 3, 2020, and a primary runoff is scheduled for May 26, 2020. The general election will occur on November 3, 2020.

Additional reading:



About the author

Samuel Postell

Samuel Postell is a staff writer at Ballotpedia and can be reached at samuel.postell@ballotpedia.org.

Bitnami