El Paso District Judge Bill Moody said Monday that he plans to make a third run for the Texas Supreme Court.

The Democrat said he would announce his candidacy at an El Paso event Oct. 7 and in Austin on Oct. 8.

Moody — father of state Rep. Joe Moody, D-El Paso — ran twice before for the state's highest civil court.

He lost in 2002 to now Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson.

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Despite walking, literally, from one end of the Lone Star state to the other in his 2006 campaign against Justice Don Willett, Moody also lost that race. He was, however, the highest vote-getter on the Democrats' statewide ticket that year.

Might the third time be the charm?

“That's what people are telling me," Moody said.

Moody wouldn't say which seat he plans to run for. There are three Supreme Court seats up for election this year: place 5, now held by Justice Paul Green; place 3, now held by Justice Harriet O'Neill; and, place 9, vacated by retired Justice Scott Brister.

Moody said he has another unconventional campaign plan in the works, but he's not saying just yet what he's got in mind. The plan definitely does not include more walking, though, he said.

“It's going to be something bigger," Moody said. “It's going to be something that's never been tried again, and I think it ought to be pretty exciting."


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