Bright appointed as 5th District Magistrate

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Bright fills the seat left by Ed Gorin, but will still be on the ballot in November

By Zac Oakes


Alvin Derrick Bright has been appointed to finish the unexpired term left by Ed Gorin for the 5th District magistrate seat on the Taylor County Fiscal Court. 

Bright, who is vying for election to the position and won the Republican primary last month to move on to the November general election, was appointed to the seat and sworn in last Wednesday. 

“Our district has been fortunate to have had many good magistrates,” Bright said. “I was honored to get to know Mr. Gorin through my campaign. I wish he could have finished out his term, but I understand his reasons for resigning… I am excited to get started working for the 5th District and for Taylor County. I am proud that the governor has trusted me to execute this job.” 

Bright recently defeated three other Republicans in the May primary to receive the nomination to advance to the November general election, where he will face off against Democrat Thomas “Red” Goff. 

Bright easily won the Republican primary, collecting 464 votes, or roughly 63 percent of the vote. The next closest candidate received 104 votes. 

“I look forward to getting around over the next few months and seeing the good folks of my district again,” Bright said. 

Bright will fill the position left by former 5th District Magistrate Ed Gorin, who announced his retirement in early May due to health concerns. 

Bright will still be up for election in November to try to earn a full term in office. The unexpired term will last until January, when the winner of the race between Bright and Goff will take over for a four-year term. 

“Even though I have been given this great opportunity, I want people to make sure to remember to vote in the November election,” he said. 

Bright, 36, is a graduate of Taylor County High School. He is married to Amanda Bright, and they have two children.