As expected, 272nd District Court Judge Rick Davis submitted his letter of resignation to Governor Rick Perry Thursday.
The move is required by law since Davis is running for Brazos County District Attorney. A Republican, Davis will challenge longtime legal rival Bill Turner, the incumbent Democrat, for the office in the November elections.
Davis has served as a judge for seven years, and had announced in July he would not seek reelection to the bench. His current term expires on December 31, 2008.
Governor Perry now must appoint a replacement to serve the remainder of that term.
Travis Bryan III, a local attorney, is the lone person to have filed for the November elections. A Republican, Bryan is all-but assured of winning the seat.
In his letter to Perry (linked below), Davis provides details on Bryan's candidacy, though he notes it is up to the governor to decide Davis' interim successor.