Judge in Calhoun County changes political parties

Jessica Priest By Jessica Priest

Dec. 14, 2017 at 8:27 p.m.
Updated Dec. 15, 2017 at 6 a.m.

A county court-at-law judge in Calhoun County who has been on the bench for almost two decades has switched political parties.

Alex Hernandez, 66, of Port Lavaca, is running as a Republican for the first time this primary season.

He has no challengers in either political party.

"The Democratic Party has changed so drastically from the early days. It is not any longer the party of John F. Kennedy, and in my opinion, it has ignored the Christian values that I hold dear," he said Thursday.

One such value is that abortion is wrong, he said.

Hernandez has three children, two of whom are lawyers. His youngest studied geology and wants to teach in Japan, he said.

As the court-at-law judge in Calhoun County, Hernandez also has some district court jurisdiction.

He said the number of child protective services cases his court handles has increased. He estimated 45 percent of the parents brought before him want the court's help in conquering addiction and getting their children back. He said the work is rewarding, which is why he wants to continue to do it.

"There's really no desire to remove children from the family when the children are safe and provided for," he said.



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