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GOP statewide judge files as Democrat for 2014


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrats say they finally hold a statewide office again in Texas — thanks to a Republican who’s switching sides.

The Texas Democratic Party said Monday that Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Lawrence Meyers has filed as a Democratic candidate for the state Supreme Court in 2014, more than two decades after first being elected as a Republican.

Texas Democratic Party director Will Hailer says Meyers turned in his paperwork hours before the filing deadline for statewide candidates. Meyers didn’t immediately return a phone message.

Party leaders say Meyers isn’t stepping down from the state’s highest criminal court to run, meaning Democrats will have at least one statewide officeholder through next year.

A Democrat still hasn’t won a statewide office in Texas since 1994.  

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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