Early voting continues through next Friday; we concluded our series on your courts Thursday night.
Four Republicans are running for the 140th District Judge bench to take over for retiring Judge Jim Bob Darnell. Robert Sullivan, a guest on the News@Nine Thursday, said his entire career has led up to this election.
Sullivan, who's practiced private criminal law his entire career, said he's worked every case from traffic violations up to murders. He said his qualification as a mental health-trained attorney prepares him for the biggest issue facing Lubbock County.
"65 percent of all people in the Lubbock County jail are suffering a mental illness," he said. "Two-thirds. The numbers are staggering. One-third of those people qualify for a special, court-appointed mental health lawyer. I am one of only 14 attorneys in all of Lubbock that handle those kinds of cases."
Sullivan said mental health is pressing on our court system in a way it hasn't in decades.
Another common issue facing the criminal courts in Lubbock County is a backlog of cases overwhelming and delaying the system. Sullivan said he's ready to work six- or seven-day weeks to process the caseload, and would hold prosecutors and defense attorneys accountable to a hardlining docket.
Since there's no Democrat running for this seat ,whoever wins the party primaries will take the bench. Early voting in the primaries runs through Feb. 28. You can find more information on times, locations, voter information, and sample ballots at the Lubbock County Election Office's website.
Statewide ballots will cast Super Tuesday, March 3.
Here are our other interviews for the 140th District Court: