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Latest developments in race for judge's seat

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JEFFERSON COUNTY . -

Two major political developments concerning the 252nd criminal district court judge's seat.

First, the filing deadline for the Democratic primary has been extended until December 16.

This because the office-holder, Layne Walker, withdrew his candidacy Monday.  Monday had been the last day to file.  State law requires it, and since Walker was running as a Democrat, according to the statute only the Democratic primary is affected.

Here's how it reads:

Sec. 172.054. EXTENDED FILING DEADLINE. (a) The deadline for filing an application for a place on the general primary election ballot is extended as provided by this section if a candidate who has made an application that complies with the applicable requirements:

(1) dies on or after the fifth day before the date of the regular filing deadline and on or before the 79th day before general primary election day;

(2) holds the office for which the application was made and withdraws or is declared ineligible on or after the date of the regular filing deadline and on or before the 79th day before general primary election day; or

(3) withdraws or is declared ineligible during the period prescribed by Subdivision (2), and at the time of the withdrawal or declaration of ineligibility no other candidate has made an application that complies with the applicable requirements for the office sought by the withdrawn or ineligible candidate.

(b) An application for an office sought by a withdrawn, deceased, or ineligible candidate must be filed not later than 6 p.m. of the 81st day before general primary election day. An application filed by mail with the state chair is not timely if received later than 5 p.m. of the 81st day before general primary election day.

(c) An extension of the filing deadline under this section applies only to the primary election of the political party for which the withdrawn, deceased, or ineligible candidate applied for a place on the ballot.

 

The other big development is that Port Arthur attorney Langston Adams has withdrawn as a candidate for the 252nd criminal district court judge's seat.

Adams says he would not have had time to mount a successful campaign for the Democratic primary in March. He has a major civil rights trial in January.

The only candidates in the race now are Republican Carolyn Wiedenfeld, a Nederland attorney, and Democrat Raquel West, a Beaumont attorney.

Again, the deadline is now extended until December 16.

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