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March 3rd, 2010
Boling defeats Mendoza in court at law primary


Hays County Court at Law No. 1 Judge Anna Martinez Boling defeated challenger David Mendoza Tuesday in the Democratic primary. File photo.

News Reporter

Hays County Court at Law No. 1 Judge Anna Martinez Boling defended her chance to keep her appointed seat Tuesday in the Democratic primary against challenger David Mendoza.

Boling received exactly 3,300 of the 5,180 votes cast (63.7 percent), against Mendoza’s 1,880 votes. Boling was victorious in all precincts other than precinct 127, which was a tie at 72 votes for each candidate, and precinct 446, in which she had 17 votes to Mendoza’s 18.

“I think that my past experiences running for judge, my work helping other candidates in the past, and my work as an attorney over 11 years in Hays County has helped,” Boling said. “Of course, being the incumbent helps too. But, most of all, I have to thank all of my volunteers, all of my supporters, because without their help I couldn’t do this. I had dedicated folks going out every day to walk and introduce me to people.”

Boling was appointed to the bench last August in a 4-1 vote by the Hays County Commissioners Court after the death of long-time Judge Howard Warner during the summer. She has served since then as the interim replacement for Warner. Mendoza also sought appointment at that time.

With Warner’s original term due to expire at the end of 2010, Boling and Mendoza chose to argue their cases again, this time to the voters instead of the commissioners court.

In a February debate held before the San Marcos League of Women Voters, Boling argued that she had the edge on Mendoza in experience and legal know-how. She was the Democratic nominee for state district court judge in 2006, and has more than 15 years of legal experience in the roles of judge, mediator and prosecutor.

Mendoza is the Hays County assistant district attorney. He mainly argued that Boling over-interprets the importance of mediation in the county court at law, and that she doesn’t often work on criminal cases.

“My opponent kept me on my toes,” Boling said. “He worked very hard.”

Boling will face San Marcos attorney Robert Updegrove in the general election this November. Updegrove was also a contender for the appointment at commissioners court, and ran unopposed for the position in the Republican primary.

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