The Republican Party in Travis County is on the edge of extinction.
There is only one Republican elected official left in Austin/Travis County and that's only because the Republican Justice of the Peace Barbara Bembry wasn't on the ballot in 2008.
In 2010, Bembry will be on the ballot, and the question hasn't been if a Democrat would run, but which one would defeat Bembry and make Austin 100% blue.
According to Jason Embry of the Austin American Statesman, there is now a strong Democrat and local attorney looking at the race.
Barbara Bembry (no relation) is the last remaining Republican justice of the peace in Travis County. She holds the Precinct 2 seat in the western part of the county. But chatter has emerged that Democrat Amy Clark Meachum, a partner at McGinnis Lochridge and Kilgore, may run against her in 2010.
Clark Meachum isn't ready to say she's running yet, but told me, “I appreciate the encouragement I have received from party leaders, elected officials and donors who have asked me to run for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, and I am very interested in the prospect of running. I have always wanted to be a judge and believe there is a lot of honor in the profession, especially for JPs, who handle a very tough docket and oversee very personal cases for people who are most often not represented by attorneys.”
For the record, TexBlog PAC had our first fundraiser at Amy Clark Meachum and her husband's house in 2007.