Four seats on the Texas Supreme Court were up for election in 2014. Chief Justice Hecht defeated former state representative Robert Talton in the Republican primary on March 4. Bill Moody, a Democratic district judge from El Paso, and Tom Oxford, a Libertarian, challenged Justice Hecht in the general election. Hecht was victorious.
Sitting Justice Jeff Brown faced attorney Joe Pool in the Republican primary and won. Lawrence Meyers, a judge on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, was Brown’s Democratic general election challenger. Libertarian Mark Ash also joined the race. Justice Brown won his race.
Justice Phil Johnson also won his Republican primary race, defeating appeals judge Sharon McCally. He was challenged by Democrat John Granberg and Libertarian Mark W. Bennett in November. Justice Johnson was reelected.
Incumbent Justice Jeff Boyd did not have a GOP challenger in the primary. He faced Democrat Gina Benavides, Libertarian Don Fulton, and Green Party member Charles E. Waterbury in the general election. Justice Boyd won his race.
Voter information groups “Texans for Justice” and “Hecht, No!” released an online video advertisement criticizing Chief Justice Hecht in advance of the March primary. The groups advocated for the election of Robert Talton, Sharon McCally, and Joe Pool, in addition to the reelection of Justice Jeff Boyd.
Estimated Total Spending: $187,890*
- Estimated spending by Justice Jeff Brown: $187,890
*These figures were last updated on July 30, 2014.
February 17 – I Believe
This ad highlights Justice Jeff Brown’s conservative values and professional accomplishments.
Sponsor: Justice Jeff Brown
Estimated Spending: $187,890
Brandon Darby and Bob Price, Republican candidate’s suit to remove primary opponent from ballot dismissed, Breitbart.com, January 17, 2014.
Peggy Fikac, Texas Supreme Court candidate wants to toss incumbent off GOP ballot, The Houston Chronicle, January 15, 2014.
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