Coming in November

Here's what the landscape looks like for the rest of Travis County's judicial races, the ones in which there are no primary challenges:

  • 126th District Court -- Incumbent Judge Ernest Garcia, a Republican whom Gov. George W. Bush appointed to fill this vacancy, will be a test case to determine if the GOP can break the Democratic stronghold at the courthouse. Garcia, who is having no trouble raising money for his campaign, is being challenged by Democrat Darlene Byrne.

  • 390th District Court -- The same test applies in this court, in which incumbent Judge Julie Kocurek, also appointed by Bush to fill a vacancy, will face Democrat Karrie Key in the general election.

  • 353rd District Court -- No surprises are expected in this race, with incumbent Judge Margaret Cooper, a Democrat, expected to win over GOP challenger Demetri Anastasiadis.

  • Easy Street -- Four incumbent District Court judges, all Democrats, each have the luxury of running for re-election with no opposition:

  • Jeanne Meurer, 98th District Court

  • Mike Lynch, 167th District Court

  • Paul Davis, 200th District Court

  • Scott McCown, 345th District Court
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