Larry Doss and Steven Denny are the two candidates running in the Republican primary for a place on the Seventh Court of Appeals in Amarillo.
Justice Doss has been serving in this role for about a month. Governor Abbott appointed him in November to replace retiring Justice James Campbell. Doss has been practicing law in Lubbock for 20 years and previously served as a clerk for Senior U.S. District Judge Sam Cummings.
Steven Denny is an attorney in Amarillo, who has experience as a prosecutor and defense attorney. He also served in Afghanistan as a Justice Advisor for the State Department.
"The appeals courts are who interpret laws and if you think of decisions like Miranda v. Arizona or Roe v. Wade, things like that, those cases apply to everyone, so everyone should care about this," Denny said at a forum hosted by the Lubbock Area Republican Women Thursday. "Everyone should care that people with good values, values that reflect their values, should be on that court."
"For most people, that's their last chance to have their day in court," Doss explained as his view of this court. "You can make a petition to the Supreme Court or the court of Criminal Appeals under certain circumstances, but those courts get to decide the types of cases they want to hear. In our court, because we handle all of our appeals, that's your last chance to get your case heard in most instances."
There are no Democrats running for this seat. The winner March 3 will win the race.