Two people are vying for the Republican Party's nomination for the 320th District Judge on Tuesday, and the winner of that runoff is almost guaranteed to be the next judge for the court.
On Tuesday, voters in the Republican runoff will choose between Judge Pamela Cook Sirmon and Steven Michael Denny for the 320th Judicial District Judge race. Sirmon and Denny were advanced to a runoff on March 6th, leaving behind two other candidates.
Sirmon is the current judge for Potter County Court at Law #2. Judge Sirmon has been campaigning for the 320th Judicial District Judge spot on a platform of experience, highlighting her service in the Potter County Court. Sirmon is retiring from her bench to seek the spot held by the retiring Judge Don Emerson. Sirmon holds degrees from Texas Tech University and was the first place finisher in the March 6th primary, earning 37 percent of the vote.
Denny is an Amarillo criminal defense attorney and volunteer firefighter. In 2016, Denny finished second in a primary bid attempt to unseat 47th District Attorney Randall Sims. Denny is a consistent sight in the district courts, often representing clients facing felony charges. Denny has served as both a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney. Denny holds degrees from West Texas A&M University and Texas Tech University. Denny received 31 percent in the March 6th primary election.
Additionally, the two remaining candidates who did not make the May 22nd runoff have made endorsements in this race. Marcus W. Norris, a former Amarillo city attorney and local government lawyer, contributed to Sirmon. Meanwhile, Lynda Smith, an Amarillo attorney, endorsed Denny in a mailer sent out last week.
The winner of this primary will likely not face an opponent in November and will replace the retiring Judge Don Emerson.