FORT WORTH -- Longtime Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Lawrence "Larry" Meyers announced Monday that he is leaving the Republican Party to run as a Democrat for the Texas Supreme Court.
Meyers, of Fort Worth, filed Monday on the last day of filing to seek Place 6 on the Supreme Court, currently held by Jeff Brown.
"I am thrilled to welcome Judge Meyers to the Texas Democratic Party," Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said. "I am even more excited to know that Judge Meyers doesn't stand alone. Every day, I hear from real voters that our party represents the strongest path forward for our state.
"Texas is changing and voters will continue to reject a Republican Party more focused on ideology than ideas."
Meyers' party switch makes him the first statewide Democratic officeholder since 1998.
-- Anna M. Tinsley