Editorial: We recommend Joe Jaworski for Texas attorney general in the Democratic runoff

If it were up to Democratic voters alone to pick the next Texas attorney general, they couldn’t go wrong.

Both candidates in the Democratic runoff this month, Rochelle Garza and Joe Jaworski, are qualified, passionate and, as far as we know, they’re law-abiding citizens without any criminal indictments, pending State Bar lawsuits or ongoing FBI probes.

In other words, they’re eminently better suited to serve as the people’s lawyer than Republican incumbent Ken Paxton, who seems to collect scandals like standing water draws mosquitoes.

Paxton’s relative vulnerability — relative because Republicans haven’t lost a statewide race since the mid-1990s — makes the attorney general’s race the Democrats’ best hope of an upset in the November.

As such, the stakes for Democratic primary voters couldn’t be higher. There’s only one way to rid Texas of the worst attorney general in living history: give voters a strong alternative in the fall.

We believe that alternative on the Democratic side is 60-year-old former Galveston mayor Joe Jaworski, whose commitments to accessibility, transparency and ethics are exactly what Texas needs.


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