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Fifteen of the 23 judicial races in the runoff election in July are on the Republican side of the isle.

Texas Lawyer is publishing Q&As with the judicial candidates who are competing in primary runoffs. Early voting runs from June 29 to July 10. Election day is July 14. The election was delayed from May to July because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here are the Q&As for the 30 Republican judge candidates.


Read more: Texas Voters: Meet the Candidates Running for Judge in July Primary Runoffs



Appellate Courts



First Court of Appeals in Houston

Terry Adams and James Lombardino L-R Terry Adams and James Lombardino

These Houston Candidates for Judge Want Your Vote in the Runoff for First Court of Appeals

The Republican runoff candidates for the First Court of Appeals in Houston are dueling for the vote with competing claims of their experience in trial and appellate law and on the bench.

Terry Adams and James Lombardino are vying to become the Place 5 justice on the First Court  in the July 14 runoff election.

Whoever wins will compete in November against Democratic candidate Amparo Monique Guerra.


Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth

Elizabeth Beach, and Brian Walker L-R: Elizabeth Beach, and Brian Walker

Elizabeth Beach, Brian Walker Vie for Justice of Fort Worth’s Second Court in Primary Runoff

In the runoff to become a justice on Fort Worth’s Second Court of Appeals, Judge Elizabeth Beach claims her years as a trial judge better qualify her, but opponent Brian Walker argues that his appellate law experience is more extensive.

The pair is competing in the July 14 Republican Primary runoff to become the Second Court’s justice for Place 7.

There’s no Democrat candidate running in November, which means the runoff winner gets the bench.


Seventh Court of Appeals in Amarillo

Lawrence Doss and Steven Denny (L to R) Lawrence Doss and Steven Denny (Photo: Courtesy Photo)

These 2 Candidates Are Campaigning For Amarillo’s Seventh Court of Appeals

Trial law experience versus judicial experience is the match-up in the Republican Primary race between two candidates competing for the Seventh Court of Appeals in Amarillo.

Steven Denny, an Amarillo criminal and appellate attorney, and incumbent Justice Larry Doss of Lubbock are in the race for the Place 4 seat on the court.

The runoff victor will win the bench since there’s no Democratic opponent in November.


Ninth Court of Appeals in Beaumont

Scott Golemon, left, and Jay Wright, right, Scott Golemon, left, and Jay Wright, right, are competing in the Republican primary runoff for chief justice of the 9th Court of Appeals in Beaumont, Texas.

Texas Lawyers Scott Golemon and Jay Wright Want Your Vote for Chief Justice of Beaumont Court of Appeals

The number of trials and appeals handled by the two candidates for chief justice of Beaumont’s Ninth Court of Appeals is becoming a campaign issue in the Republican primary runoff for the seat.

Scott Golemon and Jay Wright are competing for the bench in the runoff, and in a Q&A for Texas Lawyer, they each argued why they’re more qualified for the bench.

Without a Democrat in the race in November, whoever wins the runoff will be the next chief justice.



Houston Area



457th District Court in Conroe

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Meet Vince Santini and Eric Yollick, Republicans Running for Judge of Montgomery County’s 457th District Court

In the Republican runoff for Montgomery County’s 457th District Court, Vince Santini argues he’s more qualified because of his hunger to serve the community, his experience handling large dockets and his better temperament than opponent Eric Yollick.

Whoever wins the Republican runoff for the newly created district court will compete against Democratic candidate Marc M. Meyer in the November election.

Texas Lawyer is publishing Q&As with judicial candidates in primary runoff elections. Early voting runs from June 29 to July 10, and election day is July 14.



Dallas Area



401st District Court in McKinney

Sarah Fox and George Flint Sarah Fox,left, and George Flint,right. Courtesy photos

Meet George Flint and Sarah Fox, Republican Candidates for Judge of Texas’ 401st District Court in McKinney

The two judicial candidates in the runoff Collin County’s 401st District Court have different ideas of the court’s caseload and different arguments about how their experience makes them the better pick.

George Flint, a partner in Scheef & Stone, and McKinney criminal-defense lawyer Sarah Fox are competing for the Republican nomination for the vacant bench in Collin County.

Whoever wins will go on to compete against Democratic candidate Tonya Holt in November.


431st District Court in Denton

Jim Johnson and Derbha Jones Denton County solo practitioners Jim Johnson, left, and Derbha Jones, right.

Meet the Candidates Seeking Republican Nomination for Judge of Texas’ 431st District Court in Denton: Jim Johnson, Derbha Jones

Two candidates in the Republican Primary runoff for Denton County’s 431st District Court are both arguing that their legal experience better qualifies them for the seat.

Jim Johnson and Derbha Jones are competing for the Republican nomination for the Denton-based bench.

The winner will face off against Democratic candidate Diana Weitzel in November.


422nd District Court in Kaufman

Shelton Gibbs IV and Chad Johnson Shelton Gibbs IV, left, and Chad Johnson, right. Courtesy photos

2 Republicans Compete for Judge of Kaufman’s 422nd District Court: Shelton Gibbs IV and Chad Johnson

Civil law versus criminal law experience—and which is more important for Kaufman County’s 422nd District Court—has become a campaign issue in the Republican runoff race.

Shelton Gibbs IV and Chad Johnson are the two candidates in the race.

No one is running on the Democratic side in November, which means that the runoff victor will win the bench.



North Texas



99th District Court in Lubbock

Phillip Hays and Kara Darnell Former County Court-at-Law Judge Phillip Hays and Associate Judge Kara L. Darnell.

Ex-Colleagues Kara L. Darnell and Phillip Hays Face Off in Republican Runoff for Judge of Texas’ 99th District Court

Two former colleagues of the same law firm are facing off in the Republican Primary runoff for Lubbock County’s 99th District Court.

Both Kara L. Darnell and Phillip Hays have judicial experience, and they’re using it to argue why they are more qualified than their opponent.

The winner of the runoff will become judge in 2021 since there’s no Democratic candidate in November.


Lubbock County’s 140th District Court in Lubbock

Douglas Freitag and Tom Brummett. Left to right: Douglas Freitag and Tom Brummett. Courtesy photos

Tom Brummett, Douglas Freitag Want Your Vote for Judge of Lubbock’s 140th District Court

Two longtime prosecutors are vying for the Republican nomination for Lubbock County’s 140th District Court.

Both prosecutor Tom Brummett and criminal-defense attorney Douglas Freitag spent most of their careers in district attorneys offices. But now, Frietag argues that he’s also spent time in private criminal-defense practice, which better qualifies him for the bench.

Whoever wins the Republican runoff will take the bench in 2021 since there’s no Democratic opponent in November.


104th District Court in Abilene

Kevin Willhelm, left, and Jeff Propst, right. Kevin Willhelm, left, and Jeff Propst, right. Courtesy photos

Jeff Propst, Kevin Willhelm Compete in Runoff for Judge of 104th District Court in Abilene

While one candidate for Taylor County’s 104th District Court argues he has more expertise in criminal law that makes him the better pick, his opponent claims to have represented more criminal law clients and handled more criminal jury trials.

Jeff Propst and Kevin Willhelm are dueling in the Republican runoff for the 104th District Court in Abilene.

Whoever wins will get the bench since there’s no Democratic candidate in November.



Central Texas



19th District Court in Waco

Kristi DeCluitt and Thomas West L-R Kristi DeCluitt and Thomas West. Courtesy photos.

Kristi DeCluitt, Thomas West Seek Votes in Republican Primary Runoff for Judge of the 19th District Court in Waco

The two candidates who are running off for McLennan County’s 19th District Court both have some experience on the bench, but they are making a campaign issue about just what that experience is, and when it occurred.

In the Republican runoff election, Kristi DeCluitt and Thomas West are competing for the vote.

The winner will take the bench as there’s no Democratic opponent in November.


426th District Court in Belton

Jeff Parker and Steve Duskie Jeff Parker and Steve Duskie. Courtesy photos

Republican Lawyers Steve Duskie and Jeff Parker Are Running for Judge of Texas’ 426th District Court

It’s a competition between legal experience versus deep roots in the community for the two candidates in a runoff for Bell County’s 426th District Court.

Steve Duskie and Jeff Parker are in the Republican Primary runoff for the bench in Belton.

Whoever wins will run uncontested in November as there’s no Democratic candidate in the race.



East Texas



114th District Court in Tyler

Austin Reeve Jackson and Jarad Kent Austin Reeve Jackson, left, and Jarad Kent, right.

Meet the Candidates for Judge in the Run Off Election for Tyler’s 114th District Court

Touting their careers as trial lawyers, Austin Reeve Jackson and Jarad Kent are both arguing they are more qualified for Smith County’s 114th District Court.

In a race that pits criminal law experience against civil, Jackson and Kent are competing in the Republican Primary runoff for the bench in Tyler. Texas Lawyer is publishing Q&As with the judicial candidates in runoff elections. Early voting runs from June 29 to July 10, and election day is July 14.

No Democrat is running in November, which means that the runoff victor will take the bench in 2021.



West Texas



Midland County’s 142nd District Court in Midland

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Lawyers Mary Baker and David G. Rogers Are in the Runoff Election for Judge of Midland’s 142nd District Court

Midland County suffered from the COVID-19 shutdown and the oil and gas crash that followed. Now the two Republican candidates for Midland’s 142nd District Court are arguing that their respective experience is what the county needs.

Mary Baker and David G. Rogers are competing in the Republican Primary runoff election for the bench.

Without a Democratic candidate in November, the winner of the Republican runoff will win the bench.