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Meyers Switches Parties, Aims to Switch Courts

Republican Lawrence Meyers, one of the nine judges on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, will run for Texas Supreme Court — as a Democrat.

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Lawrence Meyers, one of the nine judges on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, will run for Texas Supreme Court — as a Democrat. Meyers, first elected to the Court of Criminal Appeals in 1992, has always run as a Republican before now. 

The Texas Democratic Party pointed out in its announcement of his plans that the party switch makes him the first statewide Democratic officeholder in Texas since 1996.

Meyers will challenge Republican Justice Jeff Brown, a Rick Perry appointee to the court, in next year's election.

Judge Meyers' term on the Court of Criminal Appeals runs through January 2016.

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