A Democratic official in the Amarillo region has made a formal declaration that she is changing her political party to become a Republican. Georgia Estrada, who serves as Constable for Potter County Precinct 2, revealed this switch during the Conservative Patriots for Texas meeting on Thursday evening. She also disclosed her intention to run for re-election in 2024 as a member of the Republican Party.
Estrada made the decision to change political parties because she believed that the Republican Party better aligned with her personal values, particularly as someone involved in law enforcement. She also mentioned that she has consistently voted in Republican primaries over multiple election cycles, despite being elected as a Democrat.
Estrada, who initially received the appointment from County Commissioners in 2015, secured re-election unopposed in both 2016 and 2020 as a Democrat. However, with Estrada's recent party switch, there is now only one Democratic constable remaining in Amarillo: Constable Idella Thomas Jackson. Jackson represents Potter County Precinct 4 and was elected to this position.
As of publication, no candidates have emerged to challenge Estrada or any of the other Potter County constables in 2024. Estrada and Republicans Chip Parker and Darryl Wertz are up for re-election in their precincts, and Thomas Jackson is up for re-election in her precinct.