This year’s republican judicial primary had a recent “surprise twist.” One of the candidates, James Mosser, switched races from the 380th (with a crowded field) to the 401st. The 401st District Court was not an open bench, but rather it is presided over by Judge Mark Rusch. This years election will be held during the May 29, 2012 Republican Primary.
The 401st District Court is a general jurisdiction court. It hears Family Law matters (divorces, child custody cases), Felony criminal matters, and civil matters. The court was created in 2000 at which time Judge Mark Rusch was appointed. He has presided as the sitting judge since then. He has been re-elected twice, although I do not believe either time was contested.