AMARILLO — An old fashioned political rally is being held for Elisha Demerson, candidate for Place 1, Amarillo City Council, today from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Maxor Park 3rd and Polk.

Demerson served on the Potter County Commissioner’s Court for 12 years, 8 as count commissioner, and 4 as County judge. Demerson was the first African American elected as a County Judge in Texas history.  Recently retired from Pantex after 41 years at age 63, Demerson was employed by Pantex and then the Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration. 

Free hamburgers, hotdogs, and all the trimmings, soft drinks and beer will be served and Ed Montana will provide the entertainment.

Special guest will be Judge Morris Overstreet of Amarillo, who was the first African-American elected to a statewide office in the history of the State of Texas.  He was twice elected to serve on the state’s highest criminal appellate court, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, from 1990 to 1998.  As a member of the Court, he authored over 500 opinions.  After two terms on the Court, Overstreet taught at two law schools and is now in private practice in Houston, TX.