There’s an old saying: always know the rules before you play the game. But one Texas judge apparently didn’t get the memo.
Harris County Civil Court Judge Bill McLeod accidentally resigned earlier this week when he announced his intention to run for the Texas State Supreme Court.
When he announced his candidacy, Judge McLeod was clearly unaware of Article 16, Section 65 of the Texas State Constitution, which stipulates that any judge announcing candidacy for another office “shall constitute an automatic resignation of the office held then.”
It is a shame the rest of our political offices don’t work that way!
McLeod was no doubt trying to get a jump on the 2020 election, but this move will likely cost him some very valuable experience from which voters could have used to learn a little more about the judge.
Now, all they know is that he does not know the state’s constitution — which is a rather disturbing fact considering that he wants to be on the state’s Supreme Court.
Supporters Stand Strong
McLeod, who is a Democrat, has only been in office since November.
He captured 55% of the vote, and his supporters are standing by him now with the hashtag #IStandWithMcLeod.
While he is supposed to step down immediately, it is unclear exactly how county commissioners are going to handle this situation.
There is a meeting behind held on Tuesday, at which time they will discuss replacing or possibly even keeping McLeod until a special election can be held.
His supporters have said that they will be attending the meeting, urging the commission to keep him on for his full term despite his massive error.
Texas State Supreme Court justices serve six-year terms after being appointed. Three current justices will see their terms end in 2020.