Texas gets first statewide elected Democrat in 15 years after judge abandons GOP

By David Edwards
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 10:57 EDT
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A longtime Texas judge became the first statewide Democratic officeholder since 1998 after he switched parties this week.

According to the Star-Telegram, state criminal appeals court judge Larry Meyers filed on Monday to seek Place 6 on the state’s Supreme Court as a Democrat, making him the first Republican in 15 years to switch parties and run for statewide office.

“I am thrilled to welcome Judge Meyers to the Texas Democratic Party,” Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa remarked. “I am even more excited to know that Judge Meyers doesn’t stand alone. Every day, I hear from real voters that our party represents the strongest path forward for our state.”

“Texas is changing and voters will continue to reject a Republican Party more focused on ideology than ideas.”

Even if Meyers loses his bid for the Texas Supreme Court, he will continue to serve on the Court of Criminal Appeals until at least 2016.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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