As I mentioned in the first post of this year, the 2012 Election Season has already gotten off to an early start with aspiring Republican candidates wasting no time in declaring their intentions to run for Judicial Benches.
Thus far, here's who we've (tentatively) got.
174th District Court
Former-ADA Robert Summerlin (R) vs. Incumbent Judge Ruben Guerrero (D)
177th District Court
ADA Ryan Patrick (R) vs. Incumbent Judge Kevin Fine (D)
178th District Court
ADA (and former 178th Judge) Roger Bridgwater (R) vs. Incumbent Judge David Mendoza
179th District Court
Former-ADA Kristin Guiney (R) vs. Incumbent Judge Randy Roll (D)
337th District Court
ADA Alexis Gilbert (R) vs. Incumbent Judge Herb Ritchie (D)
338th District Court
ADA Joe Vinas (R) vs. Incumbent Judge Hazel Jones
339th District Court
ADA Brad Hart (R) vs. Incumbent Judge Maria Jackson
Since Judge Mark Ellis was the sole Republican survivor on the Judicial Level of the 2008 elections, it is highly doubtful that any Republican would challenge him in the primary. Therefore, I'm sure we'll see a Democrat announce there. But the Dems haven't seem to have jumped to their 2012 planning quite yet (at least, not that I've heard).
Judge Shawna Reagin (D) of the 176th District Court has not drawn an opponent as of this writing, and I hope that it stays that way -- she's just doing too damn good of a job for any candidate who truly has the Judicial System's best interest at heart to run against her in good faith. But sadly, that just leaves open the door for some miscreant who just likes to run because he has run in every election since the Stone Age to announce and he is feeling cocky since the barratry charges against him were dismissed.
As I've mentioned before, I'm sure this field will look vastly different by March of 2012.