Stoddart will be in an unusual position until January 2, 2015. He is the justice presumptive-- if the Democrat defeats him
The Democrat county committee chairs have not yet chosen their
sacrificial lamb candidate. They appear to intend to next week.
Stoddard is an appellate prosecutor of 22 years' experience, not just in Dallas, but in many other state appeals courts including Texas's highest criminal court-- the Court of Criminal Appeals. He appears to have little or no civil appellate experience. He got a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of North Texas in 1986, and his law degree from Texas Tech in 1990.