The Houston Chronicle reports that Susan Criss, a longtime District Judge and Democrat from Galveston, will resign her bench in order to run for the State Legislature. The astute will recall that in May, amidst my coverage of the mishegas in the Galveston court system (i.e., Christopher Dupuy), I noted that longtime State Representative Craig Eiland would be retiring. Eiland, a Democrat, represents a nominally Republican district that includes the arch-conservative Chambers County as well as parts of Galveston County. While the island itself and most the coastal mainland is still deep blue, more and more of the County has turned bright red as a result of being assimilated into Houston’s suburban community. Accordingly, this seat provides a pickup opportunity for Republicans that was not even in play in 2010.
Criss is a political celebrity in Galveston, being the next-in-line of a politically aristocratic family. He father, Lloyd Criss, is the longtime Chairman of the Galveston County Democratic Party and previously served as the Representative in the same Galveston district from 1979 to 1991. The younger Criss, to my knowledge, is the only Democrat running for the post and the Chronicle article notes that they could not find any Republicans either. The filing deadline is on Monday.