Most judicial offices are unopposed

Jon Wilcox By Jon Wilcox

Dec. 13, 2017 at 9:27 p.m.

Constance Filley Johnson

Constance Filley Johnson   CONTRIBUTED PHOTO for The Victoria Advocate

In Victoria County's judicial races, only one incumbent faces a primary challenger - the district attorney.

With the election's filing deadline Monday, all of the county's incumbent county court-at-law judges, district judges and three of the four justices of the peace will run unopposed, according to the Texas Secretary of State's website.

But two challengers are seeking office.

The March 6 primary ballot will pit Victoria attorney Constance Filley Johnson against incumbent Stephen Tyler, who has served three terms.

Both candidates are Republicans.

And in the November general election, incumbent Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 John Miller will face Democratic challenger Santos Figueroa.

But for the majority of races, such is not the case.

Republican incumbent judges Robert "Bobby" Bell, who presides over the 267th District, and Eli Garza, of the 377 District, are running unopposed.

County Court-at-Law judges Travis H. Ernst, Court No. 1, and Daniel "Dan" Gilliam, Court No. 2, are without challengers.

And the same goes for justices of the peace Democrat Mary Ann Rivera, Precinct 1; and Republicans Stuart Posey, Precinct 2; and Robert B. "Bob" Whitaker.


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