INTERVIEW: Darnell for 99th District Court - FOX34 Lubbock

INTERVIEW: Darnell for 99th District Court

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Early voting in the March primaries begins Tuesday, Feb. 18, and this week we're focusing on courts -- specifically, the race to replace a retiring judge. Four Republicans have filed for the 99th District Judge seat to be vacated by the Hon. Bill Sowder.

Kara Darnell is already a judge in a CPS court; a guest on the News@Nine Wednesday, she said her six-and-a-half years of experience is her ticket to winning.

The 99th District Court is generally docketed for civil cases; Darnell said she's not worried about the docket count, as Judge Sowder has done "a good job keeping things up to speed in that court."

With other court dockets filling up quickly, it's possible -- as a court of general jurisdiction -- the 99th could begin hearing felony cases; Darnell said that's not what she's signing up for, and even turned down running for the 140th District Court, which mostly hears felonies, to avoid it.

She said her experience and impartiality is on show each case in her CPS court, saying state and family attorneys all compliment her fairness.

"They tell me they're happy for me, they're excited for this possibility," she said, "but they don't want to see me leave CPS court, and I think that says something about my impartiality, that everybody at the table wants me to stay in CPS court just because that's the kind of judge I am."

Since there are no Democrats running for this seat, whichever candidate wins the GOP's primary will take the seat in November. Early voting starts Feb. 18 and the primaries are Super Tuesday, March 3.

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