BROWNSVILLE — Longtime Cameron County Court-at-Law No. 2 Judge Laura Betancourt handily fought off a challenge from San Benito City Commissioner Carol Lynn Sanchez in yesterday’s Democratic Party primary.
With all precincts reporting, Betancourt polled 10,659 votes, 72.6 percent, to 4,032 for Sanchez, unofficial results revealed. Because no Republican candidate filed for the position, Betancourt effectively won re-election to her fourth term on the bench.
“I’m very happy for the opportunity to continue to serve as the judge of Cameron County Court-at-Law No. 2,” Betancourt said by phone from her watch party Tuesday night at Adolios Restaurant in Sunrise Mall. “I have served in that court for 12 years. This is the first time I’ve had an opponent. It is an honor to serve.”
Betancourt presides over misdemeanor criminal cases and civil cases up to $1 million.
She has heard more than 19,000 criminal cases and 14,000 civil cases, among other types, since taking the bench in 2007.
Betancourt noted that a recent report about the county’s three courts-at-law found that her court had the lowest number of pending cases, which shows the court is running efficiently.
She also said nearly every attorney who practices in her court supported her candidacy.
The post has special meaning to Betancourt. Her father, Adolfo G. Betancourt, held the County Court-at-Law No. 2 bench for eight years before retiring in 1994. He died in 2005.