Democrats hit the campaign trail for the Chief Justice of the 13th Court of Appeals

The next state wide general election Texans will vote in isn’t until November 2018, but candidates are already jumping in the race for the primaries. Two Democrats running for the office of the 13th Court of Appeals Chief Justice are stating why they would be the better candidate to represent the 20 county district that runs from the Rio Grande Valley up the Gulf Coast to Wharton. Ray Thomas has been practicing law for 30 years and says he has worked closely with the court and is inspired by public service.

“I was raised by a mother and two sisters who taught me that success is measured not by the size of a bank account but by the difference we make in the lives of others,” Thomas said.

Thomas also gives credit to his family upbringing

“My mom was a true public servant she is my role model and I’m continuing in her tradition,” Thomas said.

His challenger Dori Contreras is already a justice for the 13th Court of Appeals. She has been at that position for the past 15 years. Contreras says the Chief Justice handles all administrative functions of the court and the court budget. She says this is the reason she is the candidate to make the transition to Chief Justice.

“I have served so closely with him all these years I’m very familiar with the position and know exactly what needs to be done and what direction the court needs to be lead so I can step into the shoes of the retiring chief justice without a learning curve,” Contreras said.

Contreras and Thomas will go head to head in the Democratic Primary on March 6, 2018.