Early voting in the party primaries is underway through next Friday; we're continuing our series focusing on the Lubbock County courts up for election.
Tom Brummett is one of four Republicans in the race for 140th District Judge; Hon. Jim Bob Darnell is retiring at the end of this term, and Brummett said on the News@Nine Wednesday his prosecutor experience makes him the most qualified to replace him.
Brummett's served in the Lubbock County District Attorney's office for 17 years, and says that shows his dedication to justice in this area. He said he could've gone to profit in the private sector, but said that's not where his passion lies.
Brummett said his range of experience in criminal trials sets him up perfectly for the mostly-felony 140th District Court, and nothing would surprise him there. He said the biggest issue facing the court is system-wide: the backlog of cases piling up in criminal courts. Brummett said "something needs to be done" to relieve the pressure on other parts of the criminal justice system.
Since there are no Democrats running for this bench, whoever wins the Republican primary will take the seat.
Early voting runs 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Friday, Feb. 28. You can get more info, including times, locations, sample ballots ,and voter information at the Lubbock County Election Office's website.
Statewide ballots in the party primaries will cast Super Tuesday, March 3.