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Coker is switching to Republican Party
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LIVINGSTON – 258th District Court Judge Elizabeth Coker of Livingston has announced she is joining the Republican Party. Coker, a former resident of Trinity, is currently serving Trinity, Polk and San Jacinto counties on the district court bench. She was first elected to the office in 1998 as a Democratic Party candidate and has won re-election three times under that party's banner. On Tuesday, April 2, Coker announced at the Polk County Republican Club meeting she is joining the Republican Party. "I walked in here tonight with the same values, principles and faith that I shall leave with" Coker stated. Citing her heritage and strong conservative values instilled in her by her family, she explained that the Republican Party best represented those same core values. "Our conservative way of life here in East Texas is most reflected by the Republican Party: the importance of family, service to our country and praying for strength and guidance," she added. A third generation district judge, Coker's grandfather, Ernest Coker, and father, Lynn Coker, all served Trinity, Polk and San Jacinto counties as district judges. "I am grateful for the support I have received over the past 14 years – from both Democrats and Republicans alike," Coker said, "and I will continue to serve all the wonderful people in these three great counties." Coker has almost two years left in her fourth four-year term of office and will face re-election in the 2014 election cycle. In recent years, a number of other local officials also have switched from the Democratic to the Republican Party, including Trinity County Judge Doug Page, Pct. 1 Commissioner Grover "Tiger" Worsham and Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Bernie Beard. During the 2012 general election, Republican candidates won seven of the eight contested county offices and Republican Kaycee Jones of Livingston unseated longtime Democrat Robert Trapp of Coldspring in the race for the post of judge in the 411th Judicial District. Like the 258th, the 411th Judicial District serves Trinity, Polk and San Jacinto counties.