One contested race on the 2010 ballot will be that for the Third Court of Appeals. While judicial races tend to fly under the radar, they are of vital importance to our state. The Texas Third is an intermediate appellate court for 24 counties, and its judges review cases already concluded in both the civil and criminal trial courts of the district. From there, cases may go to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals or the Texas Supreme Court.
Former Judge Melissa Goodwin is one of many strong, conservative women on the GOP ticket this year. A former judge of the 427th District Court and former Justice of the Peace of Travis County, she has served on the Texas Judicial Council, Judicial Ethics Committee, and as an instructor for the Texas Justice Court Training Center. She has been endorsed by numerous groups, including the Texas Civil Justice League, the Austin Police Association PAC, Texas Alliance for Life, and the Republican Liberty Caucus. Her opponent, like most Dems in 2010, is trying to 'play moderate,' but endorsements from the Texas AFL-CIO and the Austin Lesbian/Gay Caucus place Austin attorney Kurt Kuhn firmly in the left-of-center camp.
Judge Goodwin will be at the Williamson County Republican Women's "Texas Tea" event this Sunday, September 12; a membership event open to all women of the county. The Tea begins at 1:00PM at Arbor Pointe in Round Rock. There is no charge for potential members to attend. In addition to Judge Goodwin, Williamson County Commissioner Val Covey, another great conservative Republican woman, will be speaking about her fiscally conservative approach government spending and taxes. What's more, I have to say the Wilco GOP women are just a lot of fun! To attend the event, RSVP here.