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Buying Time 2020 – Texas

This page features Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals television advertisements from the 2020 election cycle.

Last Updated: October 19, 2020
Published: October 2, 2020

There are two courts of last resort in Texas: the Texas Supreme Court, which is the court of last resort on civil matters, and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, which decides criminal cases. On both courts, judges serve six-year terms. Texas held a primary election on March 3, 2020 and will hold a general election on November 3.

Four seats are up for election on the Texas Supreme Court. For Place 1, incumbent Chief Justice Nathan Hecht ran unopposed in the Republican primary. He is being challenged by District Court Judge Amy Clark Meachum who defeated Court of Appeals Judge Jerry Zimmerer in the Democratic primary, and attorney Mark Ash, who ran unopposed in the Libertarian primary. For place 6, incumbent Justice Jane Bland is running against attorney Kathy Cheng for her seat. Bland ran unopposed in the Republican primary, and Cheng defeated attorney Larry Praeger in the Democratic primary. For place 7, incumbent justice Jeffery S. Boyd is competing against District Court Judge Staci Williams and attorney William Bryan Strange in the general election. Both Boyd and Strange ran unopposed in the Republican and Libertarian primaries respectively, while Williams defeated attorney Brandy Voss in the Democratic primary. For place 8, incumbent Justice Brett Busby is competing against Court of Appeals Judge Gisela Triana and Tom Oxford. Both Busby and Oxford ran unopposed in the Republican and Libertarian primaries respectively, whereas Triana defeated Court of Appeals Judge Peter Kelly in the Democratic primary.

There are three seats up for election on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. For place 3, incumbent Justice Bert Richardson will compete against former District Court Judge Elizabeth Davis Frizell. In the Republican primary, Richardson defeated attorney Gina Parker. In the Democratic primary, Frizell defeated former Terrell city councilman Dan Wood and attorney William Demond. For place 4, incumbent Justice Kevin Patrick Yeary will compete against District Court Judge Tina Yoo Clinton. While Yeary ran unopposed in the Republican primary, Yoo Clinton defeated attorney Steven Miears in the Democratic primary. For place 9, incumbent Justice David Newell will compete against District Court Judge Brandon Birmingham. Both ran unopposed in the Republican and Democratic primaries, respectively.

Kantar Media/CMAG: Estimated Total TV Spending: $940,920*

  • Estimated spending by Judicial Fairness PAC: $940,920

*Spending figures last updated October 19, 2020

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September 30 – Heroes

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This ad shows an image of medical professions and then says that “heroes on the front lines stepped up to serve. They need a champion on the bench like Nathan Hecht.”

Sponsor: Judicial Fairness PAC

Estimated Spending: $517,610


September 30 – Honors

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This ad says that Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court Nathan Hecht “shares values with his fellow Republican Judges on the Court.”

Sponsor: Judicial Fairness PAC

Estimated Spending: $423,310