September 12, 2007
Chang named District Clerk

As predicted, the District Court judges have named Assistant County Attorney Theresa Chang to be the replacement for outgoing Clerk Charles Bacarisse.

The county's state district judges unanimously backed Chang, who heads the county attorney's compliance division, over three others following several divided votes.

Under state law, a replacement had to have the judges' unanimous support, and all 59 of the county's state district judges had to vote. Judge Levi Benton made Chang the winner when he flew in from a Hawaiian honeymoon and cast his vote for her.

"A good clerk can help run the courts smoothly," Chang said. "It will be a new challenge for me, and I am very excited about that."

Chang will be sworn in today after Commissioners Court establishes a bond in her name, as is required under a state law.

As we've discussed before, she will serve until November, 2008, at which point there will be an election to fill out the remaining two years on the term, which barring anything strange should be a matchup between her and Loren Jackson. My congratulations and best wishes to Theresa Chang on the new job. May you use your time in office to focus on the task you've been given, and not on divisive partisan politics.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on September 12, 2007 to Local politics