ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – A candidate forum was held at Odessa College for the sear of Texas’ 11th Court of Appeals, as well as the Ector County Commissioner’s Court Precinct 1 and Precinct 3.
The Texas Court of Appeals is a set of 14 appellate courts in the Texas judicial system. They look at the civil and criminal cases appealed from lower districts, or county courts, that do not make its way to the Texas Supreme Court.
“In practicality, this becomes your Texas Supreme Court for 92% of those cases,” said candidate, Bruce Williams.
With the terms of 21 judges in the court expiring, vying for the seat of the 11th Court of Appeals are Bruce Williams and Frank Hunold. Both were asked questions regarding hot topics like non-partisan elections and minimum sentencing.
“I think it’s time that the Court of Appeals has a judge with real-world experience,” said Hunold. “Much of my career has been involved trying lawsuits and being on appeal,” added Williams.
Alongside the two were the candidates for the Ector County Commissioner’s Court Precinct 1 and Precinct 3.
“I’m running for reelection because I like this job,” said current Precinct 1 Commissioner, Eddy Shelton. “It takes someone with a business sense, business skill and somebody with leadership ability to deal with all the problems that the county has.”
Commissioner’s Court candidates’ questions consisted of topics like conflict of interest and courthouse renovations.