As expected, 2014 will be an active year for Texas Supreme Court races. Incumbent Justices Nathan Hecht, Phil Johnson, and Jeff Brown drew primary challengers. Justices Hecht and Brown likewise have general election opponents, as does Jeff Boyd.
Chief Justice: As we reported yesterday, former State Rep. and Houston attorney Robert Talton is challenging Chief Justice Hecht in the March primary. El Paso District Judge Bill Moody, who has run unsuccessfully for the court in the past, has signed up again as the Democratic candidate for Chief Justice.
Place 6: Recently appointed Justice Jeff Brown will face attorney Joe Pool of Austin in the GOP primary. His Democratic opponent next fall is incumbent Court of Criminal Appeals Justice Larry Meyers. Justice Meyers switched parties to make the race.
Place 7: Justice Jeff Boyd is unopposed in the primary, but will face 13th Court of Appeals Justice Gina Benavides in November. Justice Benavides was elected to the 13th Court in 2006 and re-elected in 2012.
Place 8: In what is likely to be a fiercely contested primary, Justice Phil Johnson will square off against 14th Court of Appeals Justice Sharon McCally. McCally was elected to the district bench in Houston in 2004 and the 14th Court in 2010.