In the race for Place 6 on the 13th Court of Appeals, two Republicans – including one who recently had a change of heart about which race to enter – are competing for a chance to challenge the Democratic incumbent in November 2014.
Doug Norman (pictured), an assistant district attorney in Nueces County, originally filed his appointment of a campaign treasurer to run for Place 3 on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. But by the time the filing period opened on Nov. 9, Norman had set his sights on another race: Place 6 on the 13th Court of Appeals, which sits in Corpus Christi and Edinburg.
Norman says one reason he decided against running for the CCA seat is that his home is in Corpus Christi and it would be a burden for his four children to move to Austin.
A 1987 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, Norman says he worked as an attorney at the 13th Court for about a dozen years, including 10 years as staff counsel, before joining the Nueces County District Attorney’s Office in 2000.
Corpus Christi solo Bradford M. Condit will face Norman in the Republican primary. Condit says he received his law degree in 1983 from South Texas College of Law and has been a civil trial lawyer for 30 years.
The winner of the Republican primary will oppose Justice Dori Contreras Garza, the Democratic incumbent. A 1990 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, Garza says she has served almost 11 years on the 13th Court and feels like she is doing a good job on the court.
“I would much rather go unopposed, but it looks like that’s not going to happen,” Garza says.
The filing deadline for the 2014 primary elections is Dec. 9.
--Mary Alice Robbins