Austin Democrat Justin Nelson is running for attorney general


Declaring that “Texans can do better than our indicted attorney general who is charged with criminal fraud,” Austin attorney Justin Nelson Wednesday announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican incumbent Ken Paxton in 2018.

“Justice is for all,” Nelson said in a statement released Wednesday. “Nobody is above the law.”

Nelson is the first candidate to announce plans to challenge Paxton, who is under indictment for securities fraud.

Paxton’s trial has been delayed three times. A new trial date has yet to be set, probably for sometime early next year. The primary is in March, and if Paxton is the nominee, there is no way under state election law to remove his name from the ballot, except under very specific circumstances, even if he is convicted and asked to be removed from the ballot, unless he were to waive any appeal.

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