Just as abprutly as Judge Kevin Fine stepped down from the bench in the 177th District Court of Harris County, Texas Governor Perry appointed Ryan Patrick to sit on the bench until the general election on November 6, 2012. The appointment was not surprising since Mr. Patrick, a current Harris County District Attorney is the Republican candidate for the 177th District Court. The appointment allows Mr. Patrick to campaign as an incumbent judge for the next two months or so before the election. By becoming a licensed lawyer in 2006 he will be one of the youngest judges in Harris County if not the state of Texas.
As the Republican candidate Mr. Patrick will be facing democrat candidate, Vivian King, a former Harris County prosecutor, courthouse veteran of twenty years on November 6, 2012. Good luck to both candidates.