Terrible news to report this afternoon. Beloved Democratic Judge Scott Ozmun has passed away today dur to complicatoins from cancer. As many remember during the 2008 Democratic primary, Ozmun had be undergoing treament in battling cancer while simultanesiouly fending off a primary challenge from a former Republican candidate Madelaine Conner who was running in the Democratic primary against him.
Ozmun won that primary as well as the general election to the 353rd Court bench in 2008. From all of us at Burnt Orange Report, we wish we didn't have to report on this news and extend out greatest condolences to Ozmun's friends and family which includes his Democratic family to whom he was much beloved.
Austin Chronicle: A civil trial lawyer by training, Ozmun had served as a briefing attorney for the Texas Supreme Court, and served as president on a multitude of legal bodies, including Volunteer Legal Services, the Legal Aid Society of Central Texas, and the Austin Young Lawyers Association.
Rep. Donna Howard called Ozmun “one of the nicest people I ever knew.” The former chair of the Travis County Democratic Party, he was “the first person to suggest I run for this seat,” she added.
Gov. Rick Perry will appoint a replacement to Ozmun to the 353rd Court Bench. We can only hope Perry will have some modecrum of respect and appoint a Democratic replacement for Ozmun.