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JUDGE

RE-ELECT

ELAINE PALMER

VOTE EARLY OCTOBER 24TH THROUGH NOVEMBER 4, 2016

215TH CIVIL

HARRIS COUNTY DISTRICT

COURT

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*CAST YOUR VOTE FOR THE CANDIDATES WHO VALUE OUR COMMUNITY! BRADY

BABIN

CARGILL

Re-Elect Judge ELLIS

MILES

OLIVERSON

ALLEN

MARIA T. JACKSON

Judge, 339th State District Court

VARA

WALKER

DELGADO

WALLE

THOMPSON

DUTTON

MURPHY

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BOHAC

WILLIAMSON

JOHNSON

ALVARADO

GREEN

FARRAR

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Harris County Prosecutor for 18 years Felony District Court Chief since 2005 Former Special Crimes Prosecutor Prosecutor of the Year, Texas Narcotic Officers' Association Nationally-Recognized Law Enforcement Instructor

“I would be truly honored to have your support and your vote in the upcoming November Election.” -- Katherine McDaniel

CANDIDATE FOR JUDGE 174TH DISTRICT COURT WHY I AM RUNNING FOR JUDGE:

KATHERINE MCDANIEL

Over the course of my nineteen-year legal career, I have sought to serve the community. As an assistant district attorney, I have personally prosecuted to verdict over 100 jury trials and have litigated thousands of cases. I have handled essentially every type of case that comes before felony courts including crimes against children, murder, gang-related offenses, and narcotics trafficking. In addition, part of my service to the community has included working in the STAR (Success Through Addiction Recovery) program. This program is for low-level drug offenders who are working to regain their sobriety and their lives. I have enjoyed my work in that program and would plan to continue these valuable efforts as a judge. If given the privilege of serving the community as the judge of the 174th criminal district court, I will absolutely support the usage of personal recognizance bonds in appropriate situations. The range of offenses the Court handles is vast, from small amounts of drugs to capital murder. Bonds should consider the type of offense, future safety of the victim and community, and, bonds must not be used punitively. I am currently a Chief Prosecutor, responsible for all cases that come into the court, requiring me to supervise court prosecutors, an investigator, and support staff. In fact, I have been in the position of supervising felony junior prosecutors and staff for over ten years and this experience thoroughly qualifies me to manage court staff. Additionally, I am also a nationally-recognized expert in the area of search and seizure law and a thorough understanding the Fourth Amendment is a crucial skill of a judge in order for the fair administration of justice. ABOUT KATHERINE:

I am a native Texan and a dedicated public servant. I have a reputation of showing respect, consistency, and fairness to all. In 2014, I was honored as Prosecutor of the Year by the Texas Narcotics Officers’ Association and have also been recognized by the Texas Department of Public Safety for dedication and vigorous work in the fight against gangs and narcotics trafficking. Further recognition has included awards and commendations from the Texas Justice for Children, the Harris County District Attorney's Office Victims’ Assistance Division, the Texas Gang Investigators' Association, and, the Harris County Sheriff's Office Homicide Division. My husband is a retired Houston Police sergeant and we have an eight-year-old son who is the love of our lives. I am active in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo where I currently work in the Tours committee. I received my bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Texas and my juris doctor degree law degree from the Texas Tech School of Law. I also volunteer at my church in children’s programs including Sunday school and youth athletics.

Houston Baptist Ministers of Houston and Vicinity Political Action Committee (PAC) Endorses Katherine McDaniel for Judge!

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VOTE EARLY: OCT. 24TH - NOV. 4, 2016

OTHER ENDORSEMENTS: Houston Lawyers Association, Association of Women Attorneys GLBT of Houston, Texas Coalition of Black Democrats, Mexican American Bar Association, Tejano Democrats, The Jewish Herald-Voice, AFL-CIO, and Houston Black Ministers Association

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THE RACE FOR PRESIDENT

NO ENDORSEMENT

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We will not be making an endorsement in the race for President of the United States in the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 Presidential Election. Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton

HARRIS COUNTY 2016 Republican Nominee

2016 Democratic Nominee

“ELECTION INFORMATION FOR NON-STRAIGHT TICKET HARRIS COUNTY VOTERS”

EARLY VOTING BEGINS ON MON., OCT. 24 - TUES., NOV. 4TH BRADY

BABIN

CARGILL

ELLIS

MILES

OLIVERSON

ALLEN

MURPHY

BOHAC

WILLIAMSON

JOHNSON

WALLE

THOMPSON

DUTTON

HERNANDEZ

ALVARADO

THIERRY

FARRAR

DELGADO

GREEN

WALKER

VARA

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: "I would like to thank all of the Conservative and Democratic candidates who are finding value our mission to educate and empower Harris County voters. Please be reminded that every vote will matter on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in Harris County. And finally, I am encouraging all registered voters to vote early from Monday, October 24, 2016 through Friday, November 4, 2016."

ELECTION DAY IS ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2016

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RECOMMENDATIONS FOR (NON-STRAIGHT TICKET) VOTERS! U.S. REPRESENTATIVE – DISTRICT 2

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE – DISTRICT 8

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE – DISTRICT 10

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE – DISTRICT 29

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for U.S. Representative, for District 2 — Ted Poe (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by Pat Bryan (DEMOCRAT) James B. Veasaw (GREEN PARTY) and Christopher Hill (LIBERTARIAN). Congressman Ted Poe is the incumbent running for re-election in this race.

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for U.S. Representative, District 8 — Kevin Brady (REPUBLICAN) is running for re-election unopposed.*No Democrat or Libertarian chose to run for this seat. So, Congressman Kevin Brady will be re-elected.

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for U.S. Representative, District 10 — Michael McCaul (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by Tawana W. Cadien (DEMOCRAT) and Bill Kelsey (LIBERTARIAN). Congressman McCaul is the incumbent running for re-election in this race.

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE – DISTRICT 9

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE – DISTRICT 18

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for U.S. Representative, District 29 — Julio Garza (REPUBLICAN) is challenging Gene Green (DEMOCRAT). Congressman Gene Green is the incumbent running for re-election in this race. N. Ruben Perez (LIBERTARIAN) and James Partsch-Galvan (GREEN PARTY) are also in this race.

POE

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U.S. REPRESENTATIVE – DISTRICT 7 CULBERSON

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for U.S. Representative, District 7 — John Culberson (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by James Cargas (DEMOCRAT).Congressman Culberson is the incumbent running for re-election in this race.

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GREEN

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for U.S. Representative, District 9 — Jeff Martin (REPUBLICAN) is challenging Al Green (DEMOCRAT). Congressman Al Green is the incumbent running for reelection in this race. ***Early voting begins on Monday, October 24, 2016.

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McCAUL

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On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for U.S. Representative, District 18 — Lori Bartley (REPUBLICAN) is challenging Sheila Jackson Lee (DEMOCRAT) and Thomas Kleven (GREEN PARTY). Congresswoman Jackson Lee is the incumbent running for re-election in this race.

GREEN

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U.S. REPRESENTATIVE – DISTRICT 36 BABIN

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U.S. REPRESENTATIVE – DISTRICT 22

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for U.S. Representative, District 22 — Pete Olson (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by Mark Gibson (DEMOCRAT). Congressman Pete Olson is the incumbent running for re-election in this race.

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On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for U.S. Representative, District 36 — Brian Babin is being challenged by Hal J. Ridley Jr. (GREEN PARTY). Congressman Brian Babin is the incumbent running for re-election in this race.

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VOTE FOR ELAINE ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH EARLY VOTING WILL BEGIN ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2016 AND END ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2016

“I value the vote of every voter in Harris County.” - Elaine

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CHRISTIAN

Lehrmann is the incumbent running for re-election in this race.

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JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT, PLACE 5 GREEN

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for Texas Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian (REPUBLICAN), Grady Yarbrough (DEMOCRAT), Mark A. Miller (LIBERTARIAN) AND Martina Salinas (GREEN PARTY) will face off. This race does not have an incumbent.***Early voting begins on Monday, October 24, 2016 and ends on Friday, November 4, 2016.

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JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT, PLACE 3 LEHRMANN

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for Justice, Supreme Court, Place 5 — Paul Green (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by Dori Contreras Garza (DEMOCRAT), Tom Oxford (LIBERTARIAN) and Charles E. Waterbury (GREEN PARTY). Justice Paul Green is the incumbent running for re-election in this race.

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JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT, PLACE 9 GUZMAN

Fulton (LIBERTARIAN) and Jim Chisholm (GREEN PARTY). Justice Eva Guzman is the incumbent running for re-election in this race.

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JUDGE, COURT OF CRIMINAL JUDGE, COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS, PLACE 2 APPEALS, PLACE 6 KEEL

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2 — Mary Lou Keel is challenging Lawrence “Larry” Meyers (DEMOCRAT). Judge Meyers (formerly a Republican) is the incumbent running for re-election in this race. Mark Ash (LIBERTARIAN) and Adam King Blackwell Reposa (GREEN PARTY) are also in this race. ---------------------------------------------------------

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for Justice, Supreme Court, Place 9 — Eva Guzman (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by Savannah Robinson (DEMOCRAT), Don

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KEASLER

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 6 – Michael E. Keasler (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by Robert Burns (DEMOCRAT) and Mark W. Bennett (LIBERTARIAN). Judge Michael E. Keasler is the incumbent running for reelection in this race.

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JUDGE, COURT OF CRIMINAL MEMBER, STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION, DISTRICT 6 APPEALS, PLACE 5 WALKER

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for Justice, Supreme Court, Place 3 — Debra Lehrmann (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by Mike Westergren (DEMOCRAT), Kathie Glass (LIBERTARIAN) and Rodolfo Rivera Munoz (GREEN PARTY) are also in this race. Justice Debra

CAN), Betsy Johnson (DEMOCRAT), William Bryan Strange (LIBERTARIAN) and Judith Sanders-Castro (GREEN PARTY) will face off. There is no incumbent in this race.

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 5 Scott Walker (REPUBLI-

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On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for Member, State Board of Education, District 6 — Donna Bahorich (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by R. Dakota Carter (DEMOCRAT) and Whitney Bilyeu (LIBERTARIAN). Donna Bohorich is the incumbent running for re-election in this race.

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VOTE FOR HILARY

ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH EARLY VOTING WILL BEGIN ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2016 AND END ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2016

“I VALUE YOUR VOTE AND SUPPORT!

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RECOMMENDATIONS FOR (NON-STRAIGHT TICKET) VOTERS! MEMBER STATE BOARD OF STATE SENATOR, EDUCATION, DISTRICT 8 DISTRICT 6

STATE SENATOR, DISTRICT 13

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for Member, State Board of Education, District 8 — Barbara Cargill (REPUBLICAN) is running for re-election unopposed. *No Democrat or Libertarian chose to run for this seat. So, Barbara Cargill will be re-elected. ***Early voting begins on Monday, October 24, 2016 and ends on Friday, November 4, 2016.

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for State Senator, District 13 – Borris L. Miles (DEMOCRAT) is running against Joshua Rohn (LIBERTARIAN). *No Republican or Green Party candidate chose to run for this seat. Former State Rep. Borris L. Miles replaced former State Senator Rodney Ellis on the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 ballot by winning a majority of the votes cast by a select group of Senate District 13 Democratic Precinct Chairs.

CARGILL

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STATE SENATOR, DISTRICT 4

CREIGHTON

GARCIA

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for State Senator, District 6 — Sylvia R. Garcia (DEMOCRAT is running for re-election unopposed.*No Republican or Libertarian chose to run for this seat. So, State Senator Sylvia Garcia will be re-elected.

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STATE SENATOR, DISTRICT 11

TAYLOR

MILES

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STATE SENATOR, DISTRICT 18

STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 126 ROBERTS

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for State Representative, District 126 — Kevin Roberts (REPUBLICAN), Joy Dawson-Thomas (DEMOCRAT), and Eric B. Moquin (LIBERTARIAN) will face off. There is no incumbent in this race.

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STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 127 HUBERTY

KOLKHORST

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for State Senator, District 4 — Brandon Creighton (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by Jenn West (LIBERTARIAN). Senator Brandon Creighton is the incumbent running for reelection in this race. *No Democrat chose to run for this seat.

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On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for State Senator, District 11 — Larry Taylor (REPUBLICAN) is running for reelection unopposed.*No Democrat or Libertarian chose to run for this seat. So, State Senator Larry Taylor will be re-elected.

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On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for State Senator, District 18 — Lois W. Kolkhorst (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by Kathie L. Stone (LIBERTARIAN). *No Democrat chose to run for this seat. State Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst is the incumbent running for re-election in this race.

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On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for State Representative, District 127 — Dan Huberty (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by Scott Ford (LIBERTARIAN) and Joseph McElligott (GREEN PARTY). *No Democrat chose to run for this seat. State Rep. Dan Huberty is the incumbent running for re-election in this race.

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Vote Bruce Bain for the 164th District Court

The 164th District court needs Bruce Bain, an accomplished litigator, legal mediator and family man. As a business owner, he understands the value of time and efficiency and he’ll bring that to the 164th District Court. His broad base of experience will enable him to rule quickly on the wide variety of matters that come before a Civil District Court Judge.

Experienced Litigator

Apostle Cleaver and Bruce Bain

Accomplished trial attorney with over three decades of civil trial experience in both state and federal courts.

Experienced Mediator

A certified mediator with over 70 hours of mediation training.

Diverse Legal Experience

Includes commercial, toxic tort, insurance defense and subrogation, constitutional, personal injury, partnership, business, and real estate law.

BAINFORJUDGE.COM Business Owner

Councilman Michael Kubosh, his wife and Bruce Bain

Bruce has also been a businessman since 1992. Bruce is currently a managing shareholder in Bain & Bain, PLLC, and formerly a shareholder/ partner in Soape, Brown, McDermott, P.C.

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RECOMMENDATIONS FOR (NON-STRAIGHT TICKET) VOTERS! STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 128

PAUL

Dennis Paul is the incumbent running for re-election in this race.***Early voting begins on Monday, October 24, 2016.

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for State Representative, District 129 — Dennis Paul (REPUBLICAN) does not have an opponent. *No Democrat chose to run for this seat. State Rep.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 131 ALLEN

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STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 130 OLIVERSON

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STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 129

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CAIN

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for State Representative, District 128 — Briscoe Cain (REPUBLICAN) will face off against Ken Lowder (LIBERTARIAN). *No Democrat chose to run for this seat. Briscoe Cain defeated the incumbent in the Republican Party runoff election. ***Early voting begins on Monday, October 24, 2016 and ends on Friday, November 4, 2016.

candidate chose to run for this seat. So, State Rep. Tom Oliverson will be re-elected.

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for State Representative, District 131 – Alma A. Allen (DEMOCRAT) is running for re-election unopposed. *No Republican or Libertarian candidate chose to run for this seat. So, State Rep. Alma Allen will be re-elected.

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STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 132

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for State Representative, District 132 —

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Mike Schofield (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by Phil Kurtz (LIBERTARIAN). *No Democrat chose to run for this seat. State Rep. Schofield is the incumbent running for re-election in this race.***Early voting begins on Monday, October 24, 2016. --------------------------------------------------------

STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 133

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for State Representative, District 133 — Jim Murphy (REPUBLICAN) is running for re-election unopposed. *No Democrat or Libertarian candidate chose to run for this seat. State Rep. Murphy will be re-elected.

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STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 134 DAVIS

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for State Representative, District 134 — Sarah Davis (REPUBLICAN) is being

Phil Gommels is a former prosecutor and private criminal attorney with the diverse experience and innovative approach we need as judge of the 178th District Court.

challenged by Ben Rose (DEMOCRAT) and Gilberto “Gil” Vasquez (LIBERTARIAN). State Rep. Sarah Davis is the incumbent running for re-election in this race.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 137

ELKINS

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STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 135

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for State Representative, District 135 — Gary Elkins (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by Jesse A. Ybanez (DEMOCRAT). State Rep. Gary Elkins is the incumbent

running for re-election in this race.

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On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for State Representative, District 137 — Kendall Baker (REPUBLICAN) is challenging Gene Wu (DEMOCRAT). Dan Biggs (LIBERTARIAN) is also in the race. State Rep. Gene Wu is the incumbent running for re-election in this race.

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MEET PHIL

hil Gommels is a former prosecutor and private criminal attorney with the diverse experience and innovative approach we need as judge of the 178th District Court. Born in Copperas Cove, Texas, Phil is the son of two Army Veterans. In 2002—three months after 9-11—Phil went into the family business, joining the Army Reserves as a Combat Medic. He served eight years—including a period of active duty, stationed at Fort Bliss. While serving his country, Phil attended the University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League university, and then Southern Methodist University in Dallas for law school. Phil is a former prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. Since entering private practice, Mr. Gommels has been recognized by Houstonia Magazine, Expertise.com, and The National Trial Lawyers Association for his work in criminal defense. He serves on the boards of directors of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association (HCCLA), as well as the Open Door Mission: a faith-based recovery facility dedicated to transforming the lives of the most severely addicted, destitute, homeless and disabled men in Houston.

MILITARY EXPERIENCE

Army Reserves, Jan. 2002-Jan. 2010 Combat Medic Active Duty 2008–09 supporting Operation Enduring Freedom

EDUCATION

University of Pennsylvania, B.A.

Southern Methodist University, J.D.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Open Door Mission Board of Directors, Member Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association Board of Directors, Member Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Breeders Greeters Committee, Member Ecclesia Houston (Christian Church), Member

www.philgommelsforjudge.com

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PEOPLE ENDORSING KENDALL L. BAKER

Dr. Steve Hotze is the CEO of Campaign for Houston. He is responsible for helping to defeat the dangerous HERO Ordinance. Bishop Anthony Wright is currently the Jurisdictional Prelate for Family Life International Fellowship. He’s also a valued team member. Attorney Jared Woodfill is the Former Chairman of the Harris County Republican Party. He is also responsible for helping to defeat the dangerously written HERO Ordinance.

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Bill Calhoun is a noted African American Conservative and Chairman of Texas Federation for Republican Outreach has endorsed Kendall L. Baker in the race for State Representative for House District 137.

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2016

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

I began working at the Harris County District Attorney office in 1992. I believe that I was a strong asset for the citizens of Harris County as an Assistant District Attorney for 21 years prior to my election to the 337th District Court.

WHY VOTE FOR ME?

Thank you for taking a moment to visit my website at the address listed below to learn more about my re-election for Judge of the 337th District Court.

Elected in 2012, I have worked in the criminal justice system for the past 24 years. During that time, I have served in many leadership capacities. I bring strong conservative principles and many years of experience to the bench. I'm asking for your support again in 2016! Please take a moment to review my biography and to sign my Endorsement page. Also, friend me on Facebook. I am keeping an active log from the campaign trail on my Facebook page and will post important campaign announcements there.

GET TO KNOW ME

I was born in Texas City and was one of eight children. At a young age, my father's job took my family and I to Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. During this time, I began swimming competitively at age 51/2. I eventually went on to represent Texas and the United States in the 1976 olympics in Montreal. After competing in olympics I returned to Texas in high school where I graduated from Clear Lake High School and went on to complete college and law school at the University of Houston. Throughout my athletic career and my career as a top prosecutor, my drive and determination have humbly been on display. The same drive and determination that made me a young olympian and the same respected record I earned as a prosecutor and district court judge will continue to benefit the citizens of Harris County upon myre-election.

My accomplishments included: • Trying 148 criminal cases to a jury including murder, sexual assault, aggravated robbery and home invasion cases • A 12-year tenure as a felony district court chief supervising junior prosecutors in 4 District courts • Trying 10 capital murder cases to a jury • Six years as a felony chief in the white collar crime and public assistance fraud-special crimes divisions. I have significantly reduced the pending caseload for the 337th District Court through diligence and hard work in an effort to provide a fair and speedy resolution of cases. I have also volunteered to preside over a mental health caseload, wherein I supervise mentally ill defendants who are on probation for criminal offenses and need assistance in connecting with community programs designed to prevent recidivism.

MY FAMILY

My husband and I, Tucker, reside in Houston. Renee has two grown children: Angela, a physician with the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and Christopher, a licensed attorney in Miami, Florida. Renee and Tucker are the proud grandparents of two year old Benjamin

and expect another grandchild in the fall. Renee's parents, June and Jack Magee, reside in El Lago, Texas. Renee is a lifelong Republican and a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church.

TEAM USA

Renee put her pride in her country and her special talent on the world stage when she competed in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. Renee broke the glass ceiling for female swimmers in Texas. She was the first female Texas swimmer to make an Olympic team in an individual event. In April 2011, Renee was inducted into the Texas Swimming & Diving Hall of Fame. Pd. Pol. Ad by Renee Magee Campaign, in compliance with the voluntary limits of the Judicial Campaign Fairness Act,

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VOTE FOR GOMEZ

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DEMOCRAT

I’m Asking for Your Vote!

“For the past eight years, as judge of the 129th District Court, I have been committed to justice, fairness and respect for everyone. If you believe in accessibility, efficiency, and good judgment in a well-run court, I am asking for your vote.” - Judge Michael Gomez, 129th District Court

Highlights:

Presiding Judge of the 129th Civil District Court since 2009

Graduate of Rice University and the University of Houston Law Center 2016 Trial Judge of the Year by Hispanic Bar Association of Houston Winner of the Houston Bar Association’s Preference Poll Member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church

Endorsements:

www.JudgeGomez.com

Houston Chronicle Houston Lawyer's Association Mexican-American Bar Association Houston GLBT Political Caucus Harris County AFL-CIO

Paid for by Friends of Michael Gomez in compliance with the voluntary limits of the Judicial Fairness Act, Efren Acosta, Treasurer.

*Rated the most “well-qualified”/”qualified” candidate for the 129th District Court by voters in the Houston Bar Association Qualifications Poll.


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On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for State Representative, District 138 — Dwayne Bohac (REPUBLICAN) is running for re-election unopposed. *No Democrat or Republican candidate chose to run for this seat. So, State Rep. Dwayne Bohac will be re-elected. ***Early voting begins on Monday, October 24, 2016 and ends on Friday, November 4, 2016.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 139 JOHNSON

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On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for State Representative, District 139 – Jarvis Johnson (DEMOCRAT) will be running for re-election unopposed. State Rep. Johnson won this seat in a “SPECIAL ELECTION” to finish out the remainder of the term left vacant by former State Rep. Sylvester Turner. State Rep. Jarvis Johnson then went on to defeat Kimberly Willis in the Democratic Party “RUNOFF ELECTION” held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.

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Since being elected by Harris County voters in 2008 and re-elected in 2012, Judge Larry Weiman leads ALL Harris County District Courts with over 240 Jury Trials, 165 Bench Trials and 405 TOTAL Trials, in his first 7 years and 9 months in office (thru 9/31/16)! He QUADRUPLED the number of jury trials in the 80th and presided over the resolution of 12,000+ cases! This has allowed for prompt disposition of cases and reduced the cost and stress of litigation for individuals, businesses, governmental agencies and the taxpayers of Harris County. Judge Larry Weiman is a dedicated civil servant who follows the law and is committed to remaining a patient, impartial and fair judge who gives everyone an equal opportunity to be heard, ensuring that all who appear in the 80th District Court are treated with courtesy, respect, dignity and equality

Endorsed by:

The Houston Chronicle, Association of Women Attorneys, Mexican-American Bar Association,Houston Lawyers Association, AFLCIO and many others!

*Winner of the Houston Bar Association 2016 Judicial Preference Poll in this race!

Experience Fairness Integrity * * * Pol. Adv. Pd. for by the Judge Larry Weiman Campaign, Eric Bogdan Treasurer, in voluntary compliance with the Judicial Fairness Act.

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RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

a aVoted Trial Judge of the Year

Received 2016 Public Sector Achievement Award from UH Law Center Alumni Association

ABOUT MIKE ENGELHART

Mike Engelhart, a Democrat, has been the Judge of the 151st Civil District Court since January 1, 2009 after being elected county-wide in Harris County in November 2008. He was reelected in 2012, receiving the second highest number of votes of any district court judge candidate. A 1995 graduate of The University of Houston Law Center, Mike was an Associate Editor of the Houston Law Review. Before that, he earned a BA in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. As a litigator, Mike practiced in all state and federal courts in Texas. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial law, and speaks Spanish fluently.

Mike is on the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists (TACTAS), and is on the Board of Directors of Greater Houston Kosher Chili Cookoff, Inc. (a 501(c)(3) organization). He is also a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, and a Certified Mediator. Mike is also a member of the Advisory Board of New Leaders Council of Houston. He has given many presentations to lawyers, and written numerous legal articles. In 2016 he received the University of Houston Law Center Alumni Association “Public Sector Achievement Award,” and the “Trial Judge of the Year” Award from the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists.

www.JudgeEngelhart.com

He lives in Bellaire with his wife of 20 years, Eva, who is an attorney and a Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee. They have two boys, Joey, 17, and Zachary, 14.

ENDORSED BY: AFL-CIO, Mexican America Bar Association of Houston (MABAH), Houston Chronicle, Houston Lawyers Association, GLBT Political Caucus, Houston C-Club, Latino Labor Leadership Assembly, Association of Women Attorneys – Houston, Constable Alan Rosen Judge Mike Engelhart is Winner of the Houston Bar Association 2016 Judicial Preference Poll Political Advertising paid for by Mike Engelhart for Judge in compliance with the voluntary limits of the Judicial Campaign Fairness Act, George J. Engelhart, Treasurer

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VOTE FOR SHAWN

ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH EARLY VOTING WILL BEGIN ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2016 AND END ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2016

Together We Will Make A Difference Dear Dedicated Democrat,

If we are going to reduce crime, improve education and revitalize our neighborhoods in District 146, we are going to have to do it together. I am ready to partner with the residents in our communities to help lead this essential effort. As your State Representative, my focus will be empowering Civic Clubs, community leaders and local business owners to make sure that you have a seat at the table and a meaningful voice in the decision making process. I am a life long resident of District 146, graduate of Howard University, and the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. I have been an attorney for more than twenty years. As a mother, and product of the public education system, I understand the importance of good schools and that a better education funding formula will improve the schools in our District (146) and across the city. As a small business owner, I know first-hand the kind of hard work that is required to succeed. We need a level playing field and access to public and private sector contracting opportunities. I will be a champion of local businesses, diversity and inclusion. A small business advisory group will help me with these issues. Higher education is important. All the young people in District 146 should have access to an affordable, quality education and work force training. I will work with local colleges, universities, churches and community organizations to help secure scholarship funding for our high school graduates. Together, I want us to encourage and celebrate academic achievement among our children and grandchildren. During the 2017 legislative session, I plan to address education, jobs, public safety, community revitalization, and focus on securing more funding to fix flooding here at home and throughout the region. I will also work to secure more services for seniors and funding for improved health care in the District. We have serious work to do and together we will get it done.

Together,

Shawn N. Thierry, Esq. Democratic Nominee State Representative, District 146

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As a lifelong resident of House District 146, I can tell you firsthand that we live in a strong community filled with hard-working citizens. Our residents deserve a qualified advocate who can fight for our rights and political issues. I have 20 years of exemplary work experience as a skilled attorney. I am a strong negotiator and an advocate for victims. I'm also a single working mother and small business owner that knows how to implement smart initiatives to stimulate the economy in our communities. I'm asking for your support because I believe I have the credentials and the commitment to best serve you in the Texas House of Representatives.� - Shawn Thierry

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Eric William Carter is the Right Choice for Justice of the Peace Precinct 1, Place 1, on Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Eric William Carter, a native Houstonian, graduated from Strake Jesuit. He earned a B.A. in Political Science from The University of Texas and completed U.T.’s Business Foundations Program. Eric received his Juris Doctorate from the South Texas College of Law.

Public and Private Sector Legal Experience

While in college, he served as Legislative Aide to a former Texas State Representative and clerked for the House Committee on General Investigating and Ethics.

Eric is currently a named partner of The Carter Law Firm. He began his legal career by jointly managing a docket of 4000+ cases and trying hundreds of Medical Fee Dispute Resolution cases before the State Office of Administrative Hearings in Austin, Texas. He went on to build his litigation practice by assisting individuals, families and small

businesses manage various types of disputes.

His practice takes him to various courts including Justice Courts, State and Federal District Courts, and State Appellate Courts. Eric’s cases cover commercial and business litigation, fraud and negligence actions, contractual disputes, personal and business torts, federal SEC regulations, real estate transactions, landlord/tenant actions, and more. His experience includes representing both plaintiffs and defendants.

The cases he finds especially gratifying are his appointments as Guardian Ad Litem. Entrusted to act as an agent of the State District Courts, he is committed to work for the benefit of injured children in Harris County.

Focused on Community

Freemason and a member of the Arabia Shrine Temple, he remains dedicated to those who need help the most: injured children.

With his brother, District Judge Kyle Carter, he participates in a judicial outreach program called Judges at Work in Schools (JAWS), which is designed to bring the courtroom to the classroom and educate Houston’s youth about the judicial system.

Personal Life and Family

Eric is the youngest son to Eric G. Carter, a trial lawyer, and Rev. Dr. Suzan Orr Carter. His brother, Kyle Carter, currently presides over the 125th Civil District Court of Harris County, Texas.

Community service, for Eric, began at an early age. He worked with his parents, volunteering through his local church, to repair flood damaged homes. As a teenage member of the Amigos de las Américas -- a community health-promotion program serving Central and South America -- he travelled to La Maravilla, Costa Rica to work for two months. For his efforts, he received a Presidential Student Service Award from President Bill Clinton.

Eric continues to work for the Houston community. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Wesley Community Center, a center with the mission of "helping people help themselves and each other" in the Near Northside, Houston. As a

Eric is married to Dr. Lauren K. Shepard, a Board Certified Pediatrician from Sugar Land, Texas.

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P o l i t i c a l A d v e r t i s i n g p a i d f o r b y t h e E r i c W i l l i a m C a r t e r C a m p a i g n , M e l a n i e C a r t e r, Tr e a s u r e r.


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RECOMMENDATIONS FOR (NON-STRAIGHT TICKET) VOTERS! STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 140

STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 142

STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 144

STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 146

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for State Representative, District 140 – Armando Lucio Walle (DEMOCRAT) is running for re-election unopposed. *No Republican or Libertarian chose to run for this seat. So, State Rep. Armando Lucio Walle will be re-elected.

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for State Representative, District 142 – Harold V. Dutton, Jr. (DEMOCRAT) is running for re-election unopposed. *No Republican or Libertarian candidate chose to run for this seat. So, State Rep. Harold Dutton, Jr. will be re-elected.

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for State Representative, District 144 — Gilbert Pena (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by Mary Ann Perez (DEMOCRAT). State Rep. Gilbert Pena is the incumbent running for re-election in this race.

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for State Representative, District 146 – Shawn Thierry (DEMOCRAT) has replaced state Rep. Borris Miles on the ballot. *No Republican or Libertarian candidate chose to run for this seat. However, there is a write-in candidate in this race.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 141

STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 143

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THOMPSON

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for State Representative, District 141 – Senfronia Thompson (DEMOCRAT) is running for re-election unopposed. *No Republican or Libertarian candidate chose to run for this seat. So, State Rep. Senfronia Thompson will be re-elected. ***Early voting begins on Monday, October 24, 2016 and ends on Friday, November 4, 2016.

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HERNANDEZ

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for State Representative, District 143 – Ana Hernandez (DEMOCRAT) is running for reelection unopposed. *No Republican or Libertarian candidate chose to run for this seat. So, State Rep. Ana Hernandez will be re-elected.

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STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 145 ALVARADO

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for State Representative, District 145 – Carol Alvarado (DEMOCRAT) is running for reelection unopposed. *No Republican or Libertarian candidate chose to run for this seat. So, State Rep. Carol Alvarado will be re-elected.***Early voting begins on Monday, October 24, 2016 and ends on Friday, November 4, 2016.

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STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 147 MURPHY

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for State Representative, District 147 — Matt Murphy (REPUBLICAN) is challenging Garnet F. Coleman (DEMOCRAT) and Brian M. Harrison (GREEN PARTY). State Rep. Coleman is the incumbent running for re-election in this race. However, Matt Murphy is the candidate asking for our vote. --------------------------------------------------------

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VOTE FOR MARIA ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH EARLY VOTING WILL BEGIN ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2016 AND END ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2016

Re-Elect Judge

MARIA T. JACKSON Judge, 339th

State District Court

FAITH

2014 Top 30 Influential Woman of Houston Named “Best Criminal Court Judge...” - Houston Press

Have in Judge Jackson Fair Accomplished Integrity Tough Honest EDUCATION

Texas A&M School of Law formerly Texas Wesleyan School of Law University of Texas at Arlington, B.A. with Honors

EXPERIENCE

Presiding Judge of the 339th State District Court Judge, Municipal Court, City of Houston Trainer, Texas Municipal Courts Education Center General Practice, Law Offices of Renee Brooks Program Director, Youth for Education and Success, Inc. Instructor, Houston Community College

ENDORSEMENTS

Houston Police Officers’ Union Harris County Deputies’ Organization Houston Metro Police Union Houston Lawyers Association HRBC (Houston Realty Business Coalition) Houston Chronicle MABAH (Mexican American Bar Association) Houston Firefighters Association

DON’T FORGET TO VOTE EARLY!

October 24 – November 4, 2016

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November 8TH

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RECOMMENDATIONS FOR (NON-STRAIGHT TICKET) VOTERS! STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 148

STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 150

JUSTICE, 1ST COURT OF APPEALS DISTRICT, PL .4

JUSTICE, 14TH COURT OF APPEALS DISTRICT, PL.9

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for State Representative, District 148 – Jessica Cristina Farrar (DEMOCRAT) is running for re-election unopposed. *No Republican or Libertarian candidate chose to run for this seat. So, State Rep. Farrar will be re-elected.

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for State Representative, District 150 — Valoree Swanson will face off against Michael Shawn Kelly (DEMOCRAT). There is no incumbent in this race.***Early voting begins on Monday, October 24, 2016 and ends on Friday, November 4, 2016.

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for Justice, 1st Court of Appeals District, Place 4 — Evelyn Keyes (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by Barbara Gardner (DEMOCRAT). Judge Evelyn Keyes is the incumbent running for re-election in this race.

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for Justice, 14th Court of Appeals District, Place 9 — Tracy Elizabeth Christopher (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by Peter M. Kelly (DEMOCRAT). Justice Christopher is the incumbent running for re-election in this race.

FARRAR

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STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 149 HUBERT VO

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KEYES

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JUSTICE, 14TH COURT OF DISTRICT JUDGE, 11TH APPEALS DISTRICT, PL.2 JUDICIAL DISTRICT JEWELL

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On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for District Judge, 11th Judicial District — Kevin Fulton (REPUBLICAN) will face off against Kristen Hawkins (DEMOCRAT). --------------------------------------------------------

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for State Representative, District 149 — Bryan Chu (REPUBLICAN) is challenging Hubert Vo (DEMOCRAT). State Rep. Hubert Vo is the incumbent running for re-election in this race.***Early voting begins on Monday, October 24, 2016.

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On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for Chief Justice, 1st Court of Appeals — Sherry Radack (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by Jim Peacock (DEMOCRAT). Judge Sherry Radack is the incumbent running for re-election in this race. --------------------------------------------------------

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for Justice, 14th Court of Appeals District, Place 2 — Kevin Jewell (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by Candance White (DEMOCRAT). *There is no incumbent in this race. This seat was vacated by (REPUBLICAN) Justice Sharon McCally. --------------------------------------------------------

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DISTRICT JUDGE, 61ST JUDICIAL DISTRICT

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for District Judge, 61st Judicial District — Erin Elizabeth Lunceford (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by Fredericka Phillips (DEMOCRAT). Judge Elizabeth Lunceford is the incumbent running for re-election in this race. --------------------------------------------------------

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Mama Mia, Vote for Sophia!

MAFRIGE


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RECOMMENDATIONS FOR (NON-STRAIGHT TICKET) VOTERS! DISTRICT JUDGE, 80TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for District Judge, 80th Judicial District — Will Archer (REPUBLICAN) is challenging Larry Weiman (DEMOCRAT). Judge Larry Weiman is the incumbent running for re-election in this race. --------------------------------------------------------

DISTRICT JUDGE, 125TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for District Judge, 125th Judicial District — Sharon Hemphill (REPUBLICAN) is challenging Kyle Carter (DEMOCRAT). Judge Kyle Carter is the incumbent running for re-election in this race.

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DISTRICT JUDGE, 127TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for District Judge, 127th Judicial District — Sarahjane Swanson (REPUBLICAN) is challenging R.K. Sandill (DEMOCRAT). Judge R.K. Sandill is the incumbent running for re-election in this race. --------------------------------------------------------

DISTRICT JUDGE, 129TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for District Judge, 129th Judicial District — Sophia Mafrige (REPUBLICAN) is challenging Michael Gomez (DEMOCRAT). Judge Gomez is the incumbent running for re-election in this race. --------------------------------------------------------

DISTRICT JUDGE, 133RD JUDICIAL DISTRICT

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for District Judge, 133rd Judicial District — Cindy Bennett Smith (REPUBLICAN) is challenging Jaclanel McFarland (DEMOCRAT). Judge McFarland is the incumbent running for re-election in this race. --------------------------------------------------------

DISTRICT JUDGE, 151ST JUDICIAL DISTRICT

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for District Judge, 151st Judicial District — Jeff Hastings (REPUBLICAN) is challenging Michael Engelhart (DEMOCRAT). Judge Engelhart is the incumbent

DISTRICT JUDGE, 152ND JUDICIAL DISTRICT running for re-election in this race.

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for District Judge, 152nd Judicial District — Don Self (REPUBLICAN) is challenging Robert K. Schaffer (DEMOCRAT). Judge Schaffer is the incumbent running for reelection in this race. --------------------------------------------------------

DISTRICT JUDGE, 164TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for District Judge, 164th Judicial District — Bruce Bain (REPUBLICAN) is challenging Alexandra Smoots-Hogan (DEMOCRAT). Judge Smoots-Hogan is running for re-election in this race.

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DISTRICT JUDGE, 165TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for District Judge, 165th Judicial District — Debra Ibarra Mayfield (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by Ursula A. Hall (DEMOCRAT). Judge Mayfield is the incumbent running for re-election in this race. --------------------------------------------------------

DISTRICT JUDGE, 174TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for District Judge, 174th Judicial District — Katherine McDaniel (REPUBLICAN) and Hazel B. Jones (DEMOCRAT) will face off. There is no incumbent in this race. --------------------------------------------------------

DISTRICT JUDGE, 176TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for District Judge, 176th Judicial District — Stacey W. Bond (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by Nikita “Niki” Harmon (DEMOCRAT). Judge Bond is the incumbent running for re-election in this race. --------------------------------------------------------

DISTRICT JUDGE, 177TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for District Judge, 177th Judicial District — Ryan Patrick (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by Robert Johnson (DEMOCRAT). Judge Ryan Patrick is the incumbent running for re-election in this race.

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DISTRICT JUDGE, 178TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for District Judge, 178th Judicial District — Phil Gommels (REPUBLICAN) and Kelli Johnson (DEMOCRAT) will face off. There is no incumbent in this race. --------------------------------------------------------

DISTRICT JUDGE, 179TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for District Judge, 179th Judicial District — Kristin M. Guiney (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by Randy Roll (DEMOCRAT). Judge Guiney is the incumbent running for re-election in this race. --------------------------------------------------------

DISTRICT JUDGE, 215TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for District Judge, 215th Judicial District — Fred Shuchart (REPUBLICAN) is challenging Elaine Palmer (DEMOCRAT). Judge Elaine Palmer is the incumbent running for re-election in this race. --------------------------------------------------------

DISTRICT JUDGE, 333RD JUDICIAL DISTRICT

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for District Judge, 333rd Judicial District — Joseph “Tad” Halbach (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by Daryl Moore (DEMOCRAT). Judge Halbach is the incumbent running for reelection in this race.

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DISTRICT JUDGE, 334TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for District Judge, 334th Judicial District — Grant Dorfman (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by Steven Kirkland (DEMOCRAT). Judge Dorfman is the incumbent running for re-election in this race. --------------------------------------------------------

DISTRICT JUDGE, 337TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for District Judge, 337th Judicial Dis-

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trict — Renee Magee (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by Herb Ritchie (DEMOCRAT). Judge Magee is the incumbent running for re-election in this race.

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DISTRICT JUDGE, 338TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for District Judge, 338th Judicial District — Brock Thomas (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by Ramona Franklin (DEMOCRAT). Judge Thomas is the incumbent running for re-election in this race.*Early voting begins on Monday, October 24, 2016 and ends on Friday, November 4, 2016. --------------------------------------------------------

DISTRICT JUDGE, 339TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for District Judge, 339th Judicial District — Mary McFaden (REPUBLICAN) is challenging Maria T. (Terri) Jackson (DEMOCRAT). Judge Jackson is the incumbent running for re-election in this race.

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DISTRICT JUDGE, 351ST JUDICIAL DISTRICT

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for District Judge, 351st Judicial District — Mark Kent Ellis (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by George Powell (DEMOCRAT). Judge Mark Kent Ellis is the incumbent running for re-election in this race. --------------------------------------------------------

HARRIS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for District Attorney — Devon Anderson (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by Kim Ogg (DEMOCRAT). Devon Anderson is the incumbent running for re-election in this race.

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JUDGE, COUNTY CIVIL COURT AT LAW NO. 1

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for Judge, County Civil Court at Law No. 1 — Clyde Raymond Leuchtag (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by George Barnstone (DEMOCRAT). Judge Clyde Leuchtag is the incumbent in this race. --------------------------------------------------------


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RECOMMENDATIONS FOR (NON-STRAIGHT TICKET) VOTERS! HARRIS COUNTY ATTORNEY

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for County Attorney – Jim Leitner (REPUBLICAN) is challenging Vince Ryan (DEMOCRAT). Vince Ryan is the incumbent running for re-election in this race. --------------------------------------------------------

HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for Sheriff — Ron Hickman (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by Ed Gonzales (DEMOCRAT). Sheriff Ron Hickman is the incumbent running for reelection in this race.

HARRIS COUNTY TAX ASSESSOR COLLECTOR

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for County Tax Assessor-Collector — Mike Sullivan (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by Ann Harris Bennett (DEMOCRAT). Mike Sullivan is the incumbent running for re-election in this race.

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HARRIS COUNTY SCHOOL TRUSTEE POSITION 1, PRECINCT 2

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for County School Trustee, Position

1, Precinct 2 — George Moore (REPUBLICAN) and Sherri L. Matula (DEMOCRAT) will face off. There is no incumbent in this race. *Early voting begins on Monday, October 24, 2016 and ends on Friday, November 4, 2016.

COUNTY COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT 1 ELLIS

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HARRIS COUNTY SCHOOL TRUSTEE POSITION 2, PRECINCT 4

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for County School Trustee, Position 2, Precinct 4 — Eric Dick (REPUBLICAN) and Marilyn Burgess (DEMOCRAT) will face off. There is no incumbent in this race.

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for Harris County Commissioner for Precinct 1 – Rodney Ellis (DEMOCRAT) is running unopposed. *No Republican or Libertarian chose to run for this seat. --------------------------------------------------------

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MAY WALKER Re-elect CONSTABLE PRECINCT 7

FOR HARRIS COUNTY CONSTABLE

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RECOMMENDATIONS FOR (NON-STRAIGHT TICKET) VOTERS! COUNTY COMMISSIONER PRECINCT 3

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for County Commissioner, Precinct 3 — Steve Radack (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by Jenifer Rene Pool (DEMOCRAT). Commissioner Steve Radack is the incumbent in this race.

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HARRIS COUNTY JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 1, PLACE 1

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, Place 1 — SaraJane Milligan (REPUBLICAN) and Eric William Carter (DEMOCRAT) will face off. There is no incumbent in this race. The incumbent (Democratic Judge Dale Gorczynski) did not run for re-election.

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HARRIS COUNTY JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 2, PLACE 1 DELGADO

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, Place 1 – Jo Ann Delgado is running for re-election unopposed. *No Republican or Libertarian chose to run for this seat. So, Judge Delgado will be re-elected. --------------------------------------------------------

HARRIS COUNTY JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 3, PLACE 1 STEPHENS

MOCRAT). There is no incumbent in this race. The incumbent (DEMOCRAT) Judge Mike Parrott did not run for re-election.

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HARRIS COUNTY JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 4, PLACE 1

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4, Place 1 — Lincoln Goodwin (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by Vicky Printers Reynolds (DEMOCRAT). Judge Lincoln Goodwin is the incumbent running for re-election in this race.

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HARRIS COUNTY JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 5, PLACE 1

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5, Place 1 — Russ Ridgway (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by William “Bill” McLeod (DEMOCRAT). Judge Russ Ridgway is the incumbent running for re-election in this race.

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HARRIS COUNTY JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 6, PLACE 1 VARA

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 6, Place 1 – Richard C. Vara (DEMOCRAT) is running for re-election unopposed. *No Republican or Libertarian chose to run for this seat. So, Judge Vara will be re-elected. *Early voting begins on Monday, October 24, 2016 and ends on Friday, November 4, 2016. -------------------------------------------------------

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3, Place 1 — Tom Zakes (REPUBLICAN) will face off against Joe Stephens (DE-

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HARRIS COUNTY JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 7, PLACE 1

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for Harris County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 7, Place 1 — Hilary

Green is running for re-election unopposed. *No Republican or Libertarian chose to run for this seat. So, Judge Green will be re-elected.

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HARRIS COUNTY CONSTABLE, PRECINCT 4

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for Constable, Precinct 4 — Mark Herman (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by Jeff McGowen (DEMOCRAT). Constable Mark Herman is the incumbent running for re-election in this race.

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On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for Constable, Precinct 5 — Ted Heap (REPUBLICAN) is running for this seat unopposed. *No Democrat or Libertarian chose to run for this seat.

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On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 8, Place 1 — Holly Williamson (REPUBLICAN) is running for re-election unopposed. *No Democrat or Libertarian chose to run for this seat. So, Judge Williamson will be re-elected. --------------------------------------------------------

HARRIS COUNTY CONSTABLE, PRECINCT 6

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for Constable, Precinct 6 — Richard “Rick” Gonzales (REPUBLICAN) will face off against Silvia Trevino (DEMOCRAT) and a write-in candidate. There is no incumbent running in this race.

HARRIS COUNTY HARRIS COUNTY CONSTABLE, PRECINCT 1 CONSTABLE, PRECINCT 7 On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for Constable, Precinct 1 — Joe Danna (REPUBLICAN) is challenging Alan Rosen (DEMOCRAT). Constable Alan Rosen is the incumbent running for re-election in this race.

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HARRIS COUNTY CONSTABLE, PRECINCT 2

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for Constable, Precinct 2 — Daniel Vela (REPUBLICAN) is challenging Christopher (Chris) Diaz (DEMOCRAT). Constable Diaz is the incumbent running for re-election in this race.

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HARRIS COUNTY CONSTABLE, PRECINCT 3

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for Constable, Precinct 3 — Dan Webb (REPUBLICAN) is facing off against Sherman Eagleton (DEMOCRAT). There

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On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for Constable, Precinct 7 – May Walker (DEMOCRAT) is running for re-election unopposed. *No Republican or Libertarian chose to run for this seat. So, Constable May Walker will be re-elected.

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HARRIS COUNTY CONSTABLE, PRECINCT 8

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the race for Constable, Precinct 8 — Phil Sandlin (REPUBLICAN) is being challenged by Heather Perry (DEMOCRAT). Constable Phil Sandlin is the incumbent running for re-election in this race.


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FREEDOM I

QUESTIONS BY AUBREY R. TAYLOR

“PROTECT YOUR FREEDOM BY VOTING” - AUBREY R. TAYLOR PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS!

Please call one of these licensed Attorneys if you have a legal question, issue or concern! Allie R. Booker P: (713)292-2225 Bar Card Number: 24071071 TX License Date: 12/10/2009

Danyahel Norris P: (713)313-1182 Bar Card Number: 24057372 TX License Date: 11/02/2007 Crystal Henderson P: (713)874-1750 Bar Card Number: 24050742 TX License Date: 11/04/2005 James Matthew Douglas P: (713)313-7352 Bar Card Number: 06044000 TX License Date: 09/18/1970

WHAT FREEDOM MEANS TO ME... JUDGE WESLEY WARD IS CURRENTLY SERVING AS JUDGE FOR THE 234TH DISTRICT COURT IN HARRIS COUNTY. HE WAS ASKED BY AUBREY R. TAYLOR TO SHARE HIS OPINION ON FREEDOM.

by Judge Wesley Ward

Freedom is opportunity, choice, and duty. It is our God-given (not government-allowed) freedom to live, become educated, vote, speak, and work how we choose. But it is not all take and no give, for with our freedom comes duty, our responsibility to protect that freedom and to nourish it by living it. “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others,” said Nelson Mandela. Freedom is fragile. Freedom must always be guarded, because there are always those who would seek to restrict our freedoms. As Ronald Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not passed to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” As Judge of Texas’ 234th District Court, I fight everyday to protect our freedom, through fair and equal enforcement of the law. Because freedom can only exist through the rule of law -- the backbone of our democracy, and the safeguard of our liberty. For me, on a personal level, freedom is on the back of a horse, on a high bluff looking west, with the rising sun at my back, my wife and my children around me, looking out across the endless vista of opportunity that America gives to the world.

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DeMonica Gladney P: (832)625-3787 Bar Card Number: 00787545 TX License Date: 11/05/1993

Morris Lee Overstreet P: (936)857-5327 Bar Card Number: 00000046 TX License Date: 10/21/1975 Gary E. Alfred P: (713)464-5201 Bar Card Number: 24011214 TX License Date: 07/22/1999 Debra Hatter P: (713)951-5658 Bar Card Number: 24029007 TX License Date: 02/01/2001 Gene Watkins P: (713)224-5113 Bar Card Number: 24058954 TX License Date: 11/06/2009 Jermecia Ann Beachem P: (713)831-6862 Bar Card Number: 24066906 TX License Date: 11/06/2009 Noelle Gabrielle Hicks P: (713)981-0900 Bar Card Number: 24068766 TX License Date: 09/03/2009


FREEDOM I

QUESTIONS BY AUBREY R. TAYLOR

“PROTECT YOUR FREEDOM BY VOTING” - AUBREY R. TAYLOR PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS!

Please call one of these licensed Attorneys if you have a legal question, issue or concern! Elverine F. Jenkins P: (713)358-5260 Bar Card Number: 24049821 TX License Date: 05/04/2007 Dwayne Jerel Simpson P: (832)916-0702 Bar Card Number: 24090392 TX License Date: 05/01/2014 Sandra Peake P: (713)723-5082 Bar Card Number: 15679800 TX License Date: 12/30/1982 Steven Kirkland P: (832)372-2888 Bar Card Number: 11522200 TX License Date: 06/15/1990 Lalla Victoria Morris P: (281)940-3019 Bar Card Number: 24088095 TX License Date: 11/01/2013

WHAT FREEDOM MEANS TO ME... HISD TRUSTEE JOLANDA JONES IS CURRENTLY THE HOUSTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT TRUSTEE REPRESENTING DISTRICT IV. SHE WAS ASKED TO SHARE HER OPINION ON FREEDOM BY AUBREY R. TAYLOR, PUBLISHER OF HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS.

by HISD Trustee Jolanda Jones

Freedom is not the existence that the majority of African-Americans, Latinos and poor people experience. Freedom is the right to have equal opportunity to the American Dream. The opportunities include but are not limited to having access to: 1) quality, affordable and safe public education; 2) safe and affordable housing; 3) affordable healthcare; 4) affordable and healthy food, including fruit and vegetables; 5) employment that pays a living wage and without wage theft; 6) fair policing without racial profiling and excessive force; 7) a prison system that is not the equivalent of modern day slavery; and 8) government that allocates resources equally. Likewise freedom includes the right to be who you are and love who you love. There is more to freedom but these are some of the most fundamental tenets. To that end, for the afore-referenced communities true freedom does not exist. You judge a country by its treatment of its most vulnerable residents. By that standard we still have a long way to go. We must continue to demand freedom in our political, educational, housing, healthcare and prison systems. We will be much closer to freedom when we fix these broken systems....

Kenyon Kirkpatrick Moore P: (832)639-0835 Bar Card Number: 24064250 TX License Date: 05/05/2010 Latheina Monique Gonzalez P: (713)993-7153 Bar Card Number: 24040988 TX License Date: 11/06/2003 Martin Wickliff, Jr. P: (713)750-3110 Bar Card Number: 21419900 TX License Date: 09/24/1973 Takasha L. Francis P: (713)588-4459 Bar Card Number: 24035861 TX License Date: 04/08/2004 Travis Alexander Torrence P: (713)241-1294 Bar Card Number: 24051436 TX License Date: 11/04/2005 Reshard JuQuin Alexander P: (832)458-1756 Bar Card Number: 24068428 TX License Date: 11/04/2011

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FREEDOM I

QUESTIONS BY AUBREY R. TAYLOR

“PROTECT YOUR FREEDOM BY VOTING” - AUBREY R. TAYLOR PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS!

Please call one of these licensed Attorneys if you have a legal question, issue or concern! Shelly M. Davis P: (713)349-9299 Bar Card Number: 24050487 TX License Date: 11/04/2005 Maynard Samuel Daffin II P: (713)621-8673 Bar Card Number: 24072057 TX License Date: 05/05/2010 Summer McElroy P: (713)228-9130 Bar Card Number: 24042610 TX License Date: 04/17/2014 Phyllis Yvette Young P: (713)220-8168 Bar Card Number: 24033495 TX License Date: 11/02/2001

WHAT FREEDOM MEANS TO ME... JUSTICE KEN WISE IS CURRENTLY JUDGE OF THE FOURTEENTH DISTRICT COURT OF APPEALS, PLACE 7 IN TEXAS. HE WAS ASKED BY AUBREY R. TAYLOR TO SHARE HIS OPINION ON FREEDOM.

by Justice Ken Wise

Freedom means the ability to achieve whatever you want and live however you want based on your own talent and willingness to work hard. The United States of America was founded on this ideal. Our founders desired a society with a very limited government designed only to protect the nation and foster the commerce that would help everyone succeed. Our founders wanted to avoid a big government, which restricts freedom. Our founders want to avoid oppressive and voluminous laws, which restrict freedom. I pray for a return to the idea that each of us can succeed if we respect each other, work hard and develop our talents.

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Tracie Janelle Jackson P: (713)482-1529 Bar Card Number: 24053020 TX License Date: 04/27/2006

R.J. Blue P: (281)368-6967 Bar Card Number: 24038772 TX License Date: 05/05/2003 Phillip Scott Larmond P: (888)451-4554 Bar Card Number: 24081834 TX License Date: 11/01/2013 Michael Teague P: (281)953-3541 Bar Card Number: 24048833 TX License Date: 05/05/2005 Allette B. Williams P: (713)666-5151 Bar Card Number: 21510820 TX License Date: 11/02/1990 Andre Ligon P: (713)662-2500 Bar Card Number: 00797840 TX License Date: 12/05/1996 Athill Muhammad P: (713)589-6404 Bar Card Number: 24039078 TX License Date: 05/05/2003


EVENTS I

COMMUNITY EXCHANGE BREAKFAST

...MORE than a BREAKFAST

SEND YOUR NEWS, PRESS RELEASES, OPINIONS, THOUGHTS, EVENT INFO, AND CONCERNS TO: aubreyrtaylor@gmail.com

CALL 713.292.3436 to RSVP!

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP EXCHANGE BREAKFAST THREE DECADES OF SERVICE

ABOUT CHARITY PRODUCTIONS

CHARLES X. WHITE Founder of Charity Productions

Charity Productions began in 1984 and received its tax exempt status (501c 3) 1988, our services are primarily delivered on an outreach format. Charity has maintained offices on the northeast side of Houston five years (Tidwell and Mesa Rd) as well as having offices for over twenty two years in the southeast area Scott, Reed Rd. and currently office at 8607 MLK for the past twelve years. Charity Productions is staffed by volunteers and uses contracted services when funded by contract or grant. Charity has service footprints with several major initiatives’ with the City of Houston Health Department and Municipal Courts, Harris County Emergency Management, Harris County Juvenile Probation, Red Cross (southeast and northeast branches), Beaumont and Port Arthur PDs and the Texas Youth Commission dating back to 1987.

Three decades of services and training services with clients such as: Dallas, Silsbee, Beaumont, Port Arthur, Galena Park, Texas City, Pasadena and Houston ISD’s (providing parent engagement, dropout prevention and gang intervention programs). Police Departments includes Beaumont, Port Arthur, City of Houston, University of Houston, Metro, Jefferson County and Houston Community College Police Academies (providing cultural diversity classes). Short term services were provided for City of Houston Municipal Courts pilot program (1993), (1991-1994, An Academy for Parents in Education) with Judges George Risner, (Galena Park, TX.), Molly Mannes (Pasadena, TX.), Paul Brown (Beaumont, TX.), Richard Scott (Austin, Tex.), and Patrick Doyle, (Galveston, TX). Charity Productions served as a Consultant Parent Engagement provider for HISD (1995200). Currently, Charity is under contract with the City of Houston Health Department and Tekoa Academy of Accelerated Studies STEM School, Port Arthur 2003-present.

OUTREACH AND CHANGE

Charity has hosted, broadcasted and convened cutting edge conferences, seminars, symposiums, and workshops related to social, educational, youth, civic, health, job readiness and law enforcement issues dating back to 1988/90 Urban Survival in the 21st Century 1988 – Urban Survival in the 21st Century Social Issues Conference 1990. From 1987 to 1991 Charity hosted seventy local and regional workshops on gang intervention community strategies, in conjunction with every federal law and local enforcement agency responsible for gang enforcement and education, including Galveston and Golden Triangle. In January 2001 (Houston Chronicle) Charity was commissioned by Mayor Lee Brown, to initiate a scientific special needs study that identified barriers for the special needs community as well as stakeholders with resources in during times of disasters. Charity Productions has participated in collaborations with University of Houston, Rice University, Texas Southern University, Houston Community College Central, University of Texas Health Science Center and Texas A&M and MDC/University of North Carolina with the Millennium Neighborhood Project and a FEMA funded project on coastal cities and vulnerable populations respectfully.

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LOOKING AHEAD TO 2018

SEND YOUR NEWS, PRESS RELEASES, OPINIONS, THOUGHTS, EVENT INFO, AND CONCERNS TO: aubreyrtaylor@gmail.com

The 247TH District Court:

Welcome to Harris County’s User Friendly Family Court!

W

hen Judge John Schmude took office as the Presiding Judge of the 247TH District Court of Harris County in January, 2015, he utilized his business and legal background to implement a series of sweeping, common sense reforms that have transformed a backlogged family District Court into one of the most user friendly and efficient courts in Harris County. And it’s clear that these reforms are being enthusiastically embraced by lawyers and litigants involved in family law matters. One such reform that was intended to promote efficiency in the allocation of judicial resources is the Court’s new “Express Docket.” The Express Docket is designed specifically for lawyers and litigants who have a matter that requires less than five minutes of the Court’s time. The Express

Docket allows parties to get in and out of court very quickly first thing in the morning before the call of the main docket. This simple reform has succeeded in improving the flow of cases in an extremely busy District Court and in giving lawyers a tool that can be used to allow them to handle their clients’ needs in a far more efficient and lower cost manner. Greater efficiency in the administration of justice and lower costs for litigants – that sounds like a win-win to me! Another change that was instituted by Judge Schmude pertains to uncontested cases and default judgments. Most courts have what is called an “Uncontested Docket”, which is designed to handle uncontested matters and default judgments. Most Uncontested Dockets are set early in the morning during a relatively narrow window of time before the call of the Court’s morning docket. Beginning in January, 2015, the 247th District Court has allowed lawyers and litigants to handle uncon-

tested matters and defaults at any time while the court is in session and available. This flexible approach has resulted in an improvement in the flow of cases and has given lawyers and litigants the ability to have their settlements and defaults handled at a time that is convenient for them. Again, greater efficiency for the Court and improved flexibility for litigants – another win-win! Additional reforms instituted by Judge Schmude include the setting of hearings on temporary orders within 28 days of filing whenever a temporary restraining order is accompanied by a Petition (more than tripling in many cases the speed that litigants can get into court); allowing lawyers and litigants the ability to reset trial dates based on the filing of a written agreement with the court for an agreed continuance when the case has been pending for less than a year; the imposition of sensible time limits in temporary orders hearings; and

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the utilization of pre-trial conferences designed to reduce the waste of judicial resources in any trial requiring more than four hours of the Court’s time. With a lot of hard work and with the help of sensible reforms, the 247th District Court disposed of more than 4,000 cases in 2015 – more than any family District Court in Harris County. This Court was recognized repeatedly in 2015 by the District Clerk’s Office for being the most efficient court in Harris County for e-filing. The Court’s Coordinator, Pamela Hunt, received the highly prestigious Inns of Court Professionalism Award in 2015, and both Judge Schmude and his Associate Judge, Paula Vlahakos, received impressive reviews in the latest Judicial Poll Results from the Houston Bar Association. Congratulations to Judge Schmude and the staff of the 247th District Court for a job well done. Keep up the good work!


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“Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.�- Proverbs 31:9

MEET JUDGE KYLE CARTER

Kyle Carter has served as judge of the 125th District Court since his election in 2008. In his time on the bench Judge Carter has made it a rule that everyone who enters the 125th District Court is treated with fairness, dignity, and respect. Judge Carter has been honored by his colleagues to serve as chair to the Civil Court Committee on Special Dockets, as well as the Civil Court Board of Judges. Judge Carter has also conducted numerous speaking engagements across the State of Texas as well as to out of state audiences. Judge Carter has spoken to the State Bar of Texas, the American Association for Justice, as well as the Houston Trial Lawyers Association. Most importantly, Judge Carter believes in community service and outreach, and actively participates in numerous charitable organizations. Judge Carter is most proud to work with students, and enjoys speaking at schools and educating youth on a host of different topics from government and civics to career opportunities. Prior to taking the bench Judge Carter served as a trial lawyer with the Carter Law firm for over 8 years, working on cases with a variety of subject matters including commercial litigation, transactional law, corporate formalities and business development, securities litigation, personal injury and corporate compliance. Additionally, Judge Carter is honored to have served as general counsel to the Legislative Committee on General Investing and Ethics for two sessions, as well as the Legislative Committee on Urban Affairs. Judge Carter, the son of a Methodist minister and a trial lawyer, is married to his lovely wife Melanie of 8 years, and they have 3 beautiful children together. Judge Carter is a native Houstonian and a graduate of Strake Jesuit, The University of Texas at Austin, and South Texas College of Law.

VOTE FOR KYLE

ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH EARLY VOTING WILL BEGIN ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2016 AND END ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2016

Political Advertising paid for by Kyle Carter for Judge 125th Court, Melanie Carter, Treasurer, In compliance with the voluntary limits of the Judicial Campaign Fairness Act.

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