In 2014, four seats on the Texas Supreme Court will be on the ballot. The official candidate lists are still being assembled after the Monday December 9th filing deadline. This appears to be the list:

Chief Justice (Place 1)

Chief Justice Nathan Hecht is running for re-election. He will be opposed in the GOP primary by former state representative Robert E. Talton (election history).

The Democratic candidate will be Bill Moody, a district judge from El Paso who in previous campaigns for the Texas Supreme Court used some attention-getting transportation (Wikipedia) to draw press interest to the kind of race that newspapers otherwise avoid.

The Libertarian candidate will be Tom Oxford, who also has previously campaigned for the Court.

Place 6

Recently appointed Justice Jeff Brown faces a challenger in both the primary and general election. In the GOP primary, he will face Joe Pool Jr., who in 2012 ran against Justice Medina and now-Justice Devine in a three-way primary.

The Democratic candidate will be Judge Lawrence Meyers, currently serving on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. As reported by the Star-Telegram, Justice Meyers is switching from the Republican to Democratic Party. (( The newspaper also notes that “Meyers’ party switch makes him the first statewide Democratic officeholder since 1998.” ))

The Libertarian candidate will be Mark Ash, who was also a candidate in 2012.

Place 7

Justice Jeff Boyd will be running for re-election unopposed in the GOP primary.

The Democratic nominee will be Justice Gina Benavides, who has served on the Thirteenth Court of Appeals since 2006.

The Libertarian candidate will be Don Fulton.

Place 8

Justice Phil Johnson will be faced in the GOP primary by Justice Sharon McCally, who was elected to Houston’s Fourteenth Court of Appeals in 2010.

At this time, there do not appear to be any Democratic candidates for this seat.

The Libertarian candidate will be RS Roberto Koelsch, who was also a candidate in 2012.


  • Texas Tribune election brackets. (I expect the Tribune to add more names to the list later in the week.)

  • Texas Secretary of State filing list. Pick your county (or any county, really) to see the list of statewide candidates. (I expect this page to change and, perhaps eventually, to be removed.)