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U.S. Congressman Beto O’Rourke and United States Senator Ted Cruz to do battle on Tuesday, November 6, 2018

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Beto O’Rourke

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BETO O’ROURKE VERSUS TED CRUZ

Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat is seeking to unseat the United States Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. So, in case you’re wondering, no Democrat has won a statewide race in the Lone Star State since the 1994 Gubernatorial Election. And, according to published information, Republicans hold every statewide elected office and majorities in the state senate, state house and on the state board

of education. And they also hold majorities in 107 Texas counties that contain nearly two-thirds of the state’s population. Now, as a refresher, Senator Ted Cruz earned 1,322,724 votes for 85.36% of the vote to defeat (4) four Republican challengers and earn the Republican nomination in his bid for re-election back on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in the Republican Primary. Comparatively speaking, Beto

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O'Rourke earned 644,632 votes for 61.81% of the vote to defeat (2) two Democratic opponents to earn the right to face Senator Cruz on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. So, don't forget that early voting will begin on Monday, October 22, 2018, and end on Friday, November 2, 2018, in Texas. And if for some reason you can't vote early, you will still be able to cast your vote on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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THE 2018 MIDTERM ELECTION IS THE LAST TIME YOU WILL BE ABLE TO VOTE A STRAIGHT TICKET IN TEXAS.

FEATURED 2018 HARRIS COUNTY SHOWDOWN

DUNSON VERSUS DEAN ATTORNEY DUNSON

JUDGE SHERI Y. DEAN

Attorney Linda Marie Dunson had to fight a hard Democratic Primary battle against a fellow Democrat by the name of Kathy Vossler to earn the right to face off against Judge Sheri Y. Dean in the race for Judge, 309th Family District Court. Both these duly-qualified candidates are asking for your vote, prayers, and support in this race. So, please don’t forget to do you research on both candidates prior to the start of early voting. In case you don’t know, early voting will begin on Monday, October 6, 2018, and end on Friday, November 2, 2018.

THE MOST CONTESTED TEXAS CAMPAIGNS IN DECADES ARE UNDER WAY IN TEXAS

BURT LEVINE: “Cruz’ challenger, El Paso third term U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, is the mostly highly motivated statewide Democrat to run anywhere across Texas in 20 years. His blackand-white “Whataburger Spicy Ketchup” Beto for Senate signs are everywhere in every community and he has raised over $10 million to compete against U.S. Senator Ted Cruz.”

TWO GOOD FRIENDS ARE SET TO FACE OFF AGAINST ONE ANOTHER AGAIN

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “Believe it or not, some Democrats and Republicans actually like one another. So, contrary to popular belief, Judge George Barnstone, and Judge Clyde Raymond Leuchtag are actually very close friends; but only one can win their Tuesday, November 6, 2018 showdown in the race for Judge, County Civil Court at Law #1 in Harris County.”

FEATURED INTERVIEWS

Judge Michael Landrum discusses why he’s the best candidate in the race for Judge,113th Judicial District Court. Judge Mike Fields discusses why he’s the best candidate in the race for Judge, Harris County Criminal Court At Law #14. Judge Paula Goodhart discusses why she’s the best candidate in the race for Judge, County Criminal Court At Law #1. Judge Dan Hinde discusses why he’s the best candidate in the race for Judge, 269th Judicial District Court in Harris County. Judge Bill Harmon discusses why he’s the best candidate in the race for Judge, Harris County Criminal Court At Law #2. Judge Rory Robert Olsen discusses why he’s the best candidate in the race for Judge, Harris County Probate Court #3.

EARLY VOTING STARTS ON OCTOBER 22, 2018

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AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “As publisher of Houston Business Connections Newspaper©, I would like to congratulate the nineteen African American 2018 Democratic female Judicial candidates who are on the November 6th ballot.”

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Lucia G. Bates, Erica Hughes, Sandra J. Peake, Cassandra Y. Hollemon, Germaine Tanner, Ronnisha Bowman, Linda Dunson, Judge Maria T. Jackson (black and white dress), Angela Graves Harrington, Dedra Davis, Shannon Baldwin, Latosha Lewis Payne, Judge Ramona Franklin, Tonya Jones, Sharon Burney, Michelle Moore, Lori Chambers Gray, Toria J. Finch, and LaShawn A. Williams are the nineteen African American Democratic Judicial nominees who will appear on the Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Midterm ballot in Harris County.

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A MESSAGE FROM AUBREY R. TAYLOR

I’m sure by now you’ve already heard a lot about the ladies I’m about to introduce to you. However, since we are not going to be issuing any endorsements in any of the individual races on the upcoming Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Midterm Election ballot, I would like to take this moment to highlight these duly-qualified candidates once more. Maria T. Jackson is running for Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 1. Ramona Franklin is running for Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 7. Latosha Lewis Payne is running for District Judge, 55th Judicial District Court Lori Chambers Gray is running for Judge, 262nd Judicial District Court. Dedra Davis is running for District Judge, 270th Judicial District Court. Angela Graves-Harrington is running for Family District Judge, 246th Judicial District Court. Sandra J. Peake is running for Family District Judge, 257th Judicial District Court. Angelina D.A. Gooden is running for Family District

Judge, 280th Judicial District Court. Linda Marie Dunson is running for Family District Judge, 309th Judicial District Court. Germaine Tanner is running for Family District Judge, 311th Judicial District Court. Michelle Moore is running for Judge, 314th Judicial District Court. Ronnisha Bowman is running for Judge, Harris County Criminal Court at Law #2. Erica Hughes is running for Judge, Harris County Criminal Court at Law #3 Shannon Baldwin is running for Judge, County Criminal Court at Law #4. Toria J. Finch is running for Judge, Harris County Criminal Court at Law #9. Cassandra Y. Hollemon is running for Judge, Harris County Criminal Court at Law #12. Tonya Jones is running for Judge, Harris County Criminal Court at Law #15. LaShawn A. Williams is running for Judge, Harris County Civil Court at Law #3. Lucia G. Bates is running for Harris County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3, Place 2. Sharon M. Burney is running for Harris County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 7, Place 2.

Judge Angelina Gooden values every vote too... So, as always, please do your research on each and every candidate you are planning to cast your vote for in this historic Midterm Election. And by all means, don’t forget that early voting will begin on Monday, October 22, 2018, and end on Friday, November 2, 2018. And may God continue to richly bless, empower, and give you the all the discernment and wisdom you need to make a wise voting decision in 2018.

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AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “The most important election of our lifetime will take place on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. So let’s make a wise voting decision at the ballot box.” ANALYSIS BY AUBREY R. TAYLOR

to do as it relates to rallying United States their party faithful and Representative, District 7 courting swing-voters between now Election Day! John Culberson

Make no mistake about it Harris County will be battleground central in the state of Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Who’s going to win? At this point, nobody can say with complete certainty which major Don’t forget that Houston Business Connections Newspaper© will not be issupolitical party is going to ing out any endorsements on Tuesday, carry Harris County, Texas November 6, 2018. However, we will be publishing a “2018 MIDTERM ELECTION during the fall. However, GUIDE” highlighting over (251) two-hunHarris County Democrats dred fifty-one candidates who will appear on the ballot in precincts across Harris have made a very comCounty, Texas. Though we will not be endorsing candidates outright, we will propelling argument that a listing of the candidates who value they’re ready to compete in vide the vote, prayers, and support of our readership from this list of duly-qualified and a Midterm Election Cycle. distinguished list of Democratic and ReAnd in my opinion, they publican candidates. proved their worthiness by United States Senator besting the Harris County Republicans back during Ted Cruz the March primaries – held (Republican) on Tuesday, March 6, Nominee 2018. In case you’re not sure what I’m talking about, back on Tuesday, March 6, Beto O’Rourke (Democrat) 2018, the Harris County Nominee Democratic Party Primary Turnout was 167,982 Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke are votes. Comparatively the Republican and Democratic candidates speaking, back on Tuesrunning for United States Senator in the State of Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. day, March 6, 2018, the Harris County Republican ——————————————————— Party Primary Turnout was United States 156,387 votes. But what Representative, District 2 you have to keep in mind here is that these numbers Dan Crenshaw only represent a fraction of (Republican) what the overall voter Nominee turnout will be on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, when Todd Litton the Midterm Election takes (Democrat) place. So, keep in mind Nominee that Harris County has more than 2,259,591 regisDan Crenshaw and Todd Litton tered voters – and with that are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for United States Represensaid, both major political tative, District 2 in the State of Texas on parties have a lot of work Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

RESEARCH ALL OF THESE CANDIDATES

United States Representative, District 10

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Michael T. McCaul (Republican)

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher (Democrat)

Michael Siegel (Democrat)

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John Culberson and Lizzie Pannill Fletcher are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for United States Representative, District 7 in the State of Texas on November 6, 2018. ———————————————————

United States Representative, District 8

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Michael T. McCaul and Michael Siegel are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for United States Representative, District 10 in the State of Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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United States Representative, District 18

Kevin Brady (Republican)

Ava Reynero Pate (Republican)

Steven David (Democrat)

Sheila Jackson Lee (Democrat)

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Kevin Brady and Steven David are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for United States Representative, District 8 in the State of Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Ava Reynero Pate and Sheila Jackson Lee are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for United States Representative, District 18 in the State of Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

United States Representative, District 9

United States Representative, District 22

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Al Green (Democratic)

Nominee Congressman Al Green does not have a Republican opponent running against him in the race for United States Representative, District 9 in the State of Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Back on January 3, 2017, U.S. Congressman Al Green took the oath of office to serve the people of Texas’ 9th Congressional District and began his seventh term in the United States House of Representatives. As a veteran civil rights advocate, he has fought for those in society whose voices, too often, are not heard.

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Pete Olson (Republican)

Nominee Sri Preston Kulkarni (Democrat)

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Pete Olson and Sri Preston Kulkarni are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for United States Representative, District 22 in the State of Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Don’t forget that you can vote early at any of the early voting locations.

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EVERY VOTE COUNTS! — HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS NEWSPAPER© FOCUSED ON THE 2018 “SWING-VOTE”

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “In case you don’t know, back on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, the Harris County Democratic Party Primary turnout was 167,982 votes county-wide. Comparatively speaking, back on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, the Harris County Republican Party Primary turnout was 156,387 votes county-wide. However, the turnout on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 will be much higher — so don’t forget to vote early!”

“WHY I’M THE BEST CANDIDATE IN MY RACE.”

JUDGE CHARLES SPAIN: “ I want to serve on the Fourteenth Court of Appeals because I have a passion for public service. I have the experience, capacity, and desire to perform the day-today work of a justice on the appellate court, and I have acquired—through age and the experience of working with many talented judges—the wisdom necessary to do the job. My experience is 23 years serving as an appellate court staff attorney, during which I have RACE FOR JUSTICE, 14TH COURT OF APPEALS DISTRICT, PLACE 4 drafted over a thousand proposed opinions for the court’s consideraJUSTICE MARC BROWN: “I am the only candidate in this race with tion. I have been board certified in civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Speextensive criminal law experience. I was a prosecutor for 22 years and a cialization since 1994. My 8 years of service as a judge for the City of Houston has Criminal Court Judge for three years. Approximately half of all our cases taught me that for many a citation for a traffic offense can lead to difficult decisions for are criminal appeals. I bring a unique perspective to this position. I am a some—whether to plead guilty to speed the process along and get back to work, how to hard-working judge with a proven track record on civil and criminal raise money for a fine when there is still rent to pay and food to buy, how to avoid becases. I have consistently been highly rated in the local bar polls. I was the precoming homeless. The public deserves judges who understand the practical realities of ferred choice over my opponent in the State Bar Preference Poll.” their work. I have that understanding.

United States Representative, District 29

The Race for Governor of the State of Texas

The Race for Attorney General of Texas

Commissioner of the General Land Office of Texas

Phillip Aronoff (Republican)

Greg Abbott (Republican)

Ken Paxton (Republican)

George P. Bush (Republican)

Sylvia Garcia (Democrat)

Lupe Valdez (Democrat)

Justin Nelson (Democrat)

Miguel Suazo (Democrat)

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Phillip Aronoff and Sylvia R. Garcia are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for United States Representative, District 29 in the State of Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. ———————————————————

United States Representative, District 36 Brian Babin (Republican)

Nominee Dayna Steele (Democrat)

Nominee Brian Babin and Dayna Steele are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for United States Representative, District 36 in the State of Texas.

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Greg Abbott and Lupe Valdez are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Governor of the State of Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Ken Paxton and Justin Nelson are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Attorney General of the State of Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

George P. Bush and Miguel Suazo are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Commissioner of the General Land Office of Texas on November. 6, 2018.

The Race for Lieutenant Governor of Texas

The Race for Comptroller of Public Accounts

Commissioner of Agriculture for the State of Texas

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Dan Patrick (Republican)

Glenn Hegar (Republican)

Sid Miller (Republican)

Mike Collier (Democrat)

Joi Chevalier (Democrat)

Kim Olson (Democrat)

Nominee Nominee Dan Patrick and Mike Collier are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Lieutenant Governor of the State of Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Nominee Nominee Glenn Hegar and Joi Chevalier are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Comptroller of Public Accounts of the State of Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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Sid Miller and Kim Olson are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Commissioner of Agriculture of the State of Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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Railroad Commissioner for the State of Texas Christi Craddick (Republican)

Nominee Roman McAllen (Democrat)

Nominee Christi Craddick and Roman McAllen are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Railroad Commissioner of the State of Texas.

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Justice, Supreme Court, Place 2 Jimmy Blacklock (Republican)

Nominee Steven Kirkland (Democrat)

Nominee Jimmy Blacklock and Steven Kirkland are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Judge, Supreme Court, Place 2 of Texas.

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Justice, Supreme Court, Place 4 John Devine (Republican)

Nominee R. K. Sandill (Democrat)

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John Devine and R.K. Sandill are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Judge, Supreme Court, Place 4 of Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6 Jeff Brown (Republican)

Nominee Kathy Cheng (Democrat)

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Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Sharon Keller (Republican)

Nominee Maria T. Jackson (Democrat)

Nominee Sharon Keller and Maria T. Jackson are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 1 of Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 7

Barbara Paker Hervey (Republican)

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Ramona Franklin (Democrat)

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Barbara Parker Hervey and Ramona Franklin are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 7 in Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 8 Michelle Slaughter (Republican)

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State Senator, District 7 Paul Bettencourt (Republican)

Nominee David Romero (Democrat)

Nominee Paul Bettencourt and David Romero are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for State Senator, District 7 in Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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State Senator, District 15 Randy Orr (Republican)

Nominee John Whitmire (Democrat)

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Randy Orr and John Whitmire are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for State Senator, District 15 in Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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State Senator, District 17 Joan Huffman (Republican)

Nominee Rita Lucido (Democrat)

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Michelle Slaughter does not have a Democratic opponent running against her in the race for Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 8 in Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Joan Huffman and Rita Lucido are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for State Senator, District 17 in Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Member Board of Education, District 4

State Representative, District 126

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Lawrence Allen, Jr. (Democrat)

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Lawrence Allen, Jr. does not have a Republican opponent running against him in the race for Member, Board of Education, District 4 in the State of Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Lawrence Allen, Jr., a third-generation educator, was elected to the State Board of Education in 2004 and re-elected in 2006, 2010, 2012, 2014, and will be reelected in 2018. A lot of folks don’t know this, but his mom, State Rep. Alma Allen also served as the District 4, Board Member on the State Board of Education.

State Representative, District 127 Dan Huberty (Republican)

Nominee Dan Huberty does not have a Democratic opponent running against him in the race for State Representative, District 127 in Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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State Representative, District 128 Briscoe Cain (Republican)

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Briscoe Cain does not have a Democratic opponent running against him in the race for State Representative, District 128 in Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. State Representative Briscoe Cain: “I went to Austin to stand up for you and to serve your values in the Capitol. I did that, and I’m proud to have been named the most conservative legislator. For me it was easy – it was about keeping my word to you.”

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State Representative, District 129 Dennis Paul (Republican)

Nominee Alexander Jonathan Karjeker (Democrat)

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Dennis Paul and Alexander Jonathan Karjeker are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for State Representative, District 129 in Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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E. Sam Harless (Republican)

Tom Oliverson (Republican)

Natali Hurtado (Democrat)

Fred Infortunio (Democrat)

E. Sam Harless and Natali Hurtado are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for State Representative, District 126 in Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. In case you don’t already know, Sam Harless is the husband of former District 126 Rep. Patricia Harless.

Tom Oliverson and Fred Infortunio are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for State Representative, District 130 in Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Don’t forget that early voting will begin on Monday, October 22, 2018 and end on Friday, November 2, 2018.

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State Representative, District 130

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Jeff Brown and Kathy Cheng are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Judge, Supreme Court, Place 6 of Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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EVERY VOTE COUNTS! — HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS NEWSPAPER© FOCUSED ON THE 2018 “SWING-VOTE”

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “In case you don’t know, back on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, the Harris County Democratic Party Primary turnout was 167,982 votes county-wide. Comparatively speaking, back on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, the Harris County Republican Party Primary turnout was 156,387 votes county-wide. However, the turnout on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 will be much higher — so don’t forget to vote early!”

“WHY I’M THE BEST CANDIDATE IN MY RACE.” JUSTICE MARTHA HILL JAMISON: “Experience matters, especially as a justice on the appellate courts. My court hears all appeals from Harris, Fort Bend, Brazoria and seven other surrounding counties (except death penalty cases). Even with my ten years on the trial bench, my eight years as an appellate justice and my credentials as a board-certified lawyer, I still learn something new every day. My opponent does not have the depth or breadth of experience that I have. Specific writing skills also are important for an appellate justice. Our job is to “show our work” by creating a written explanation for our legal decisions in a manner that can be understood by the public. I now have eight years’ experience in honing this skill. My opponent has none.”

RACE FOR JUSTICE, 14TH COURT OF APPEALS DISTRICT, PLACE 5

State Representative, District 131

State Representative, District 133

ATTORNEY FRANCIS BOURLIOT: “I bring a diversity of experience and background that is lacking on the current Court of Appeals. I spent the first ten years of my career as a criminal defense attorney representing individuals at the appellate and trial level. The first part of my career was spent representing death row inmates in state and federal appeals, and then I moved to the Public Defender’s Office where I began in the appellate division and then transitioned to the felony trial division, where I specialized in mental health cases and also assisted the trial division with their appellate issues. For the past several months, I have been with a small civil firm representing clients at both the trial and appellate level. Roughly half of the cases heard by the Fourteenth Court of Appeals are criminal in nature – however, there is currently no sitting Justice with any significant experience in criminal defense. This lack of experience has created a homogenized appellate court, as evidenced by their 2% reversal rate. In order to bring fairness and balance to the Court, we need to elect Justices who have diversity of experience and background. I have the experience, integrity, and dedication to public service necessary to be an excellent Justice.”

State Representative, District 135

State Representative, District 138

Syed S. Ali (Republican)

Jim Murphy (Republican)

Gary Elkins (Republican)

Dwayne Bohac (Republican)

Alma A. Allen (Democrat)

Marty Schexnayder (Democrat)

Jon E. Rosenthal (Democrat)

Adam Milasincic (Democrat)

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Syed S. Ali and Alma A. Allen are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for State Representative, District 131 in Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 in the Midterm Election.

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State Representative, District 132 Mike Schofield (Republican)

Nominee Gina Calanni (Democrat)

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Mike Schofield and Gina Calanni are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for State Representative, District 132 in Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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Jim Murphy and Marty Schexnayder are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for State Representative, District 133 in Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Gary Elkins and Alexander Jon E. Rosenthal are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for State Representative, District 135 in Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

State Representative, District 134

State Representative, District 137

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Sarah Davis (Republican)

Nominee Allison Lami Sawyer (Democrat)

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Sarah Davis and Allison Lami Sawyer are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for State Representative, District 134 in Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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Gene Wu (Democrat)

Nominee Gene Wu does not have a Republican opponent running against him in the race for State Representative, District 137 in Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. State Representative Gene Wu proudly serves the people of District 137 in the Texas House. Prior to being elected in 2012, he served as a prosecutor in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, where he sought justice for thousands of crime victims. Gene is currently an attorney in private practice.

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Dwayne Bohac and Adam Milasincic are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for State Representative, District 138 in Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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State Representative, District 139 Jarvis Johnson (Democrat)

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Jarvis Johnson does not have a Republican opponent running against him in the race for State Representative, District 139 in Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. State Representative Jarvis Johnson: “My dedicated Team and I are committed to serving our constituents with the highest level of care and integrity. My goal is to enhance student success, increase career and workforce opportunities and expand senior citizens healthcare.

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State Representative, District 140 Armando Lucio Walle (Democrat)

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Armando Lucio Walle does not have a Republican opponent running against him in the race for State Representative, District 140 in Texas.

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State Representative, District 141

Senfronia Thompson (Democrat)

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Senfronia Thompson does not have a Republican opponent running against her in the race for State Representative, District 141 in Texas. ——————————————————

State Representative, District 142

Harold V. Dutton (Democrat)

Nominee Harold V. Dutton, Jr. does not have a Republican opponent running against him in the race for State Representative, District 142 in Texas.

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State Representative, District 143 Ana Hernandez (Democrat)

Nominee Ana Hernandez does not have a Republican opponent running against her in the race for State Representative, District 143 in Texas. ——————————————————

State Representative, District 144

State Representative, District 145 Carol Alvarado (Democrat)

Nominee Carol Alvarado does not have a Republican opponent running against her in the race for State Representative, District 145 in Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Before being elected to the Texas House, State Rep. Alvarado served on the Houston City Council and as Houston Mayor Pro Tem. In 2008, she was elected to the Texas House of Representatives. She serves as Chair of the Urban Affairs Committee and is a member of the Higher Education Committee and the Select Committee on Opioids and Substance Abuse.

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State Representative, District 146

Shawn Nicole Thierry (Democrat)

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Shawn Nicole Thierry does not have a Republican opponent running against her in the race for State Representative, District 146 in Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. ——————————————————

State Representative, District 147 Thomas Wang (Republican)

Nominee Garnet F. Coleman (Democrat)

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Thomas Wang and Garnet F. Coleman are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for State Representative, District 147 in Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. ——————————————————

State Representative, District 148

Ruben Villarreal (Republican)

Ryan T. McConnico (Republican)

Mary Ann Perez (Democrat)

Jessica Cristina Farrar (Democrat)

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Ruben Villarreal and Mary Ann Perez are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for State Representative, District 144 in Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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Ryan T. McConnico and Jessica Cristina Farrar are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for State Representative, District 148 in Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

State Representative, District 149 Hubert Vo (Democrat)

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State Representative, District 150

Valoree Swanson (Republican)

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Michael Shawn Kelly (Democrat)

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Valoree Swanson and Michael Shawn Kelly are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for State Representative, District 150 in Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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Justice, 1st Court of Appeals District, Place 2 Jane Bland (Republican)

Nominee Gordon Goodman (Democrat)

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Jane Bland and Gordon Goodman are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Justice, 1st Court of Appeals District, Place 2 in Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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Justice, 1st Court of Appeals District, Place 6 Harvey Brown (Republican)

Nominee Sarah Beth Landau (Democrat)

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Harvey Brown and Sarah Beth Landau are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Justice, 1st Court of Appeals District, Place 2 in Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Every vote will matter! So Don’t forget that early voting will begin on Monday, October 22, 2018 and end on Friday, November 2, 2018.

Justice, 1st Court of Appeals District, Place 7 Terry Yates (Republican)

Nominee Julie Countiss (Democrat)

Nominee Terry Yates and Julie Countiss are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Justice, 1st Court of Appeals District, Place 7 in Texas.

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Justice, 1st Court of Appeals District, Place 8 Michael Massengale (Republican)

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Richard Hightower (Democrat)

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Michael Massengale and Richard Hightower are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Justice, 1st Court of Appeals District, Place 8 in Texas.

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Justice, 1st Court of Appeals District, Place 9 Jennifer Caughey (Republican)

Nominee Peter Kelly (Democrat)

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Jennifer Caughey and Peter Kelly are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Justice, 1st Court of Appeals District, Place 9 in Texas.

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Justice, 14th Court of Appeals District, Place 3 Brett Busby (Republican)

Nominee Jerry Zimmerer (Democrat)

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Brett Busby and Jerry Zimmerer are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Justice, 14th Court of Appeals District, Place 3 in Texas.

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AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “In case you don’t know, back on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, the Harris County Democratic Party Primary turnout was 167,982 votes county-wide. Comparatively speaking, back on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, the Harris County Republican Party Primary turnout was 156,387 votes county-wide. However, the turnout on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 will be much higher — so don’t forget to vote early!”

“WHY I’M THE BEST CANDIDATE IN MY RACE.” JUSTICE HARVEY BROWN: “My experience, fairness, and community involvement demonstrate I am the best qualified candidate. Experience. I have authored over 550 opinions during my almost 8 years on the appellate court and heard over 300 trials during my 6.5 years as a district judge. The Texas Supreme Court appointed me to the MultiDistrict Litigation Panel in 2014 and I remain a member of the panel. The Court also appointed me to a committee that advises it on proposed changes to the procedural rules governing trials and appeals. As shown on my web page, I have received a number of awards. Fairness. I was selected by the Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists as Appellate Justice of the Year for 2011. In the bar poll, I have consistently been one of the highest rated judges, both on the trial court and appellate court. On my court, I am the second highest rated judge, with only 8% of the lawyers rating me as needing improvement. My endorsements reflected on my web page show my wide bipartisan support. Community Involvement. I serve on three charitable boards and two bar association committees. For other community work, see my web page.”

RACE FOR JUSTICE, 1ST COURT OF APPEALS DISTRICT, PLACE 6

Justice, 14th Court of Appeals District, Place 4

Justice, 14th Court of Appeals District, Place 6

District Judge, 55th Judicial District Court

SARAH BETH LANDAU: “Put simply, we need intellectual and experiential diversity on the court. I am a Harris County Public Defender and an adjunct professor of law teaching Appellate Litigation at Texas Southern University. Despite the fact that criminal-related cases are nearly half the court's business, none of the current justices have criminal defense experience. In fact, the court rules in favor of the prosecution approximately 98% of the time. It is important for the court of appeals to act as an effective check on the trial courts so that everyone is treated fairly under the law. My opponent has a large war chest funded mostly by law firms and political action committees, which may make average people feel like they do not have the same access to the justice system that special interests do. Equality under the law should be a hallmark of the Texas courts. I have practiced law for 20 years in a wide variety of settings, federal and state, public and private, civil and criminal, and trial and appellate. I have represented large multinational corporations and individuals who could not afford a lawyer. For the last 12 years, I have been a public servant.”

District Judge, 157th Judicial District Court

Marc Brown (Republican)

Bill Boyce (Republican)

Jeff Shadwick (Republican)

Randy Wilson (Republican)

Charles Spain (Democrat)

Meagan Hassan (Democrat)

Latosha Lewis Payne (Democrat)

Tanya Garrison (Democrat)

Marc Brown and Charles Spain are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Justice, 14th Court of Appeals District, Place 4 in Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Bill Boyce and Meagan Hassan are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Justice, 14th Court of Appeals District, Place 6 in Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Jeff Shadwick and Latosha Lewis Payne are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for District Judge, 55th Judicial District Court in Harris County on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Justice, 14th Court of Appeals District, Place 5

Justice, 14th Court of Appeals District, Place 8

District Judge, 113th Judicial District Court

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District Judge, 180th Judicial District Court

Martha Hill Jamison (Republican)

John Donovan (Republican)

Michael Landrum (Republican)

Catherine Evans (Republican)

Frances Bourliot (Democrat)

Margaret “Meg” Poissant (Democrat)

Rabeea Collier (Democrat)

DaSean Jones (Democrat)

Michael Landrum and Rabeea Collier are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for District Judge, 113th Judicial District Court in Harris County on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Catherine Evans and DaSean Jones are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for District Judge, 180th Judicial District Court in Harris County on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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Nominee Martha Hill Jamison and Frances Bourliot are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Justice, 14th Court of Appeals District, Place 5 in Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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John Donovan and Margaret “Meg” Poissant are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Justice, 14th Court of Appeals District, Place 8 in Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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District Judge, 182nd Judicial District Court

District Judge, 189th Judicial District Court

District Judge, 228th Judicial District Court

District Judge, 248th Judicial District Court

Jesse McClure (Republican)

Sharon Hemphill (Republican)

Marc Carter (Republican)

Katherine Cabaniss (Republican)

Danilo “Danny” Lacayo (Democrat)

Scot “Dolli” Dollinger (Democrat)

Frank Aguilar (Democrat)

Hilary Unger (Democrat)

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Sharon Hemphill and Scot “Dolli” Dollinger are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for District Judge, 189th Judicial District Court.

Marc Carter and Frank Aguilar are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for District Judge, 228th Judicial District Court in Harris County.

District Judge, 183rd Judicial District Court

District Judge, 190th Judicial District Court

District Judge, 230th Judicial District Court

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District Judge, 262nd Judicial District Court

Vannessa Velasquez (Republican)

Debra Ibarra Mayfield (Republican)

Brad Hart (Republican)

Tammy J. Thomas (Republican)

Chuck Silverman (Democrat)

Beau Miller (Democrat)

Chris Morton (Democrat)

Lori Chambers Gray (Democrat)

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District Judge, 184th Judicial District Court Renee Magee (Republican)

Nominee Abigail Anastasio (Democrat)

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Renee Magee and Abigail Anastasio are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for District Judge, 184th Judicial District Court in Harris County.

District Judge, 185th Judicial District Stacey W. Bond (Republican)

Nominee Jason Luong (Democrat)

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Debra Ibarra Mayfield and Beau Miller are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for District Judge, 190th Judicial District Court.

Brad Hart and Chris Morton are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for District Judge, 230th Judicial District Court in Harris County.

District Judge, 208th Judicial District Court

District Judge, 232nd Judicial District Court

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Tammy J. Thomas and Lori Chambers Gray are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for District Judge, 262nd Judicial District Court.

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District Judge, 263rd Judicial District Court

Denise Collins (Republican)

Kristin M. Guiney (Republican)

Charles Johnson (Republican)

Greg Glass (Democrat)

Josh Hill (Democrat)

Amy Martin (Democrat)

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Denise Collins and Greg Glass are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for District Judge, 208th Judicial District Court in Harris County.

Kristin M. Guiney and Josh Hill are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for District Judge, 232nd Judicial District Court in Harris County.

Charles Johnson and Amy Martin are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for District Judge, 263rd Judicial District Court in Harris County.

District Judge, 209th Judicial District Court

District Judge, 234th Judicial District Court

District Judge, 269th Judicial District Court

Mike McSpadden (Republican)

Wesley Ward (Republican)

Dan Hinde (Republican)

Brian Warren (Democrat)

Lauren Reeder (Democrat)

Cory Sepolio (Democrat)

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Wesley Ward and Lauren Reeder are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for District Judge, 234th Judicial District Court in Harris County.

“It’s imperative that we make it our business to elect the “BEST-QUALIFIED” candidates who value “US” when we go to the polls to vote in 2018.”

Dan Hinde and Cory Sepolio are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for District Judge, 269th Judicial District Court in Harris County.

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AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “In case you don’t know, back on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, the Harris County Democratic Party Primary turnout was 167,982 votes county-wide. Comparatively speaking, back on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, the Harris County Republican Party Primary turnout was 156,387 votes county-wide. However, the turnout on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 will be much higher — so don’t forget to vote early!”

“WHY I’M THE BEST CANDIDATE IN MY RACE.”

RACE FOR PRESIDING JUDGE, COURT OF

District Judge, 270th Judicial District

JUDGE MARIA T. JACKSON: “I am running for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Presiding Judge Place 1 because the Court needs new leadership and sensitivities based on the complex issues the Court must address. I have been a judge for 15 years now. Before becoming the presiding judge for the 339th Criminal District Court in Harris County, I was a Municipal Court Judge for 5 years. The 339th is a Felony Court, and I’ve faithfully served as the presiding judge over this court for 10 years. During this time, I’ve earned the reputation of being fair and impartial with everyone that appears before me. I’m humbled, appreciative and proud to report that I am respected on both sides of the aisle. And it’s worth noting that I was voted Houston Press Best Criminal Court Judge a few years ago. I won the 2018 Texas State Judicial Bar Poll over my opponent earlier this year. I’ve implemented sweeping changes in my Court for DWI probationers that are saving many lives. And these sweeping changes have been adopted by the Harris County Probation Department and many of my Colleagues. When elected as the presiding judge, I promise to work closely with my fellow colleagues on the court, the Texas Legislature, the Governor of our great state, and the community at-large to address issues that need addressing as it relates to reforming our Criminal Justice system. It is my belief, that I will be an asset to the Court because of my extensive experience as a trial judge, my compassion, my wisdom, and my diverse background. Furthermore, I believe all Texans deserve to have a stable and unbiased leadership on the highest Court of Criminal Appeals in our State. I am the stable even handed we need during times like these. I am Maria T. Jackson, I am asking for your vote, and I thank you in CRIMINAL APPEALS, PLACE 1 advance for your consideration.”

District Judge, 295th Judicial District Court

Family District Judge, 246th Judicial District Court

Family District Judge, 257th Judicial District Court

Brent Gamble (Republican)

Michelle Fraga (Republican)

Charley Prine (Republican)

Melanie Flowers (Republican)

Dedra Davis (Democrat)

Donna Roth (Democrat)

Angela Graves-Harrington (Democrat)

Sandra J. Peake (Democrat)

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Michelle Fraga and Donna Roth are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for District Judge, 295th Judicial District Court in Harris County on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Charley Prine and Angela GravesHarrington are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Family District Judge, 246th Judicial District Court in Harris County on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

District Judge, 281st Judicial District

Family District Judge, 245th Judicial District Court

Family District Judge, 247th Judicial District Court

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Family District Judge, 280th Judicial District Court

Sylvia Matthews (Republican)

Roy L. Moore (Republican)

John Schmude (Republican)

Angelina D.A. Gooden (Republican)

Christine Weems (Democrat)

Tristan H. Longino (Democrat)

Janice Berg (Democrat)

Barbara J. Stalder (Democrat)

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Sylvia Matthews and Christine Weems are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for District Judge, 281st Judicial District Court in Harris County on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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Roy L. Moore and Tristan H. Longino are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Family District Judge, 245th Judicial District Court in Harris County on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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John Schmude and Janice Berg are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Family District Judge, 247th Judicial District Court in Harris County on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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Angelina D.A. Gooden and Barbara J. Stalder are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Family District Judge, 280th Judicial District Court in Harris County on November 6, 2018.

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Family District Judge, 308th Judicial District Court James Lombardino (Republican)

Nominee Gloria Lopez (Democrat)

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Family District Judge, 312th Judicial District Court David Farr (Republican)

Nominee Clinton “Chip” Wells (Democrat)

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David Farr and Clinton “Chip” Wells are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Family District Judge, 312th Judicial District Court.

Family District Judge, 309th Judicial District Court

Family District Judge, 313th Judicial District Court

Sheri Y. Dean (Republican)

Glenn Devlin (Republican)

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Glenn Devlin and Natalia Oakes are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Family District Judge, 313th Judicial District Court.

Family District Judge, 310th Judicial District Court

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Lisa A. Millard (Republican)

John F. Phillips (Republican)

Sonya Heath (Democrat)

Michelle Moore (Democrat)

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John F. Phillips and Michelle Moore are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Family District Judge, 314th Judicial District Court.

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Alicia Franklin York (Republican)

Michael “Mike” Schneider (Republican)

Germaine Tanner (Democrat)

Leah Shapiro (Democrat)

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Harris County Judge Ed Emmett (Republican)

Nominee Lina Hidalgo (Democrat)

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Judge, County Criminal Court at Law No. 1 Paula Goodhart (Republican)

Nominee Alex Salgado (Democrat)

Nominee Paula Goodhart and Alex Salgado are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Judge, Harris County Criminal Court at Law #1 on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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Judge, County Criminal Court at Law No. 2 Bill Harmon (Republican)

Nominee Ronnisha Bowman (Democrat)

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Judge, County Criminal Court at Law No. 3

Natalie C. Fleming (Republican)

Nominee Erica Hughes (Democrat)

Nominee Natalie C. Fleming and Erica Hughes are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Judge, Harris County Criminal Court at Law #3 on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Judge, County Criminal Court at Law No. 4 John Clinton (Republican)

Nominee Shannon Baldwin (Democrat)

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Judge, County Criminal Court at Law No. 5 Xavier Alfaro (Republican)

Nominee David M. Fleischer (Democrat)

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Judge, County Criminal Court at Law No. 6 Linda Garcia (Republican)

Nominee Kelley Andrews (Democrat)

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Judge, County Criminal Court at Law No. 7 Pam Derbyshire (Republican)

Nominee Andrew A. Wright (Democrat)

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Alicia Franklin York and Germaine Tanner are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Family District Judge, 311th Judicial District Court.

Michael “Mike” Schneider and Leah Shapiro are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Family District Judge, 315th Judicial District Court.

“It’s imperative that we make it our business to elect the “BEST-QUALIFIED” candidates who value “US” when we go to the polls to vote in 2018.”

Pam Derbyshire and Andrew A. Wright are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Judge, Harris County Criminal Court at Law #7.

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AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “In case you don’t know, back on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, the Harris County Democratic Party Primary turnout was 167,982 votes county-wide. Comparatively speaking, back on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, the Harris County Republican Party Primary turnout was 156,387 votes county-wide. However, the turnout on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 will be much higher — so don’t forget to vote early!”

“WHY I’M THE BEST CANDIDATE IN MY RACE.”

RACE FOR JUSTICE, 1ST COURT OF APPEALS DISTRICT, PLACE 9

Judge, County Criminal Court at Law No. 8

Judge, County Criminal Court at Law No. 10

Judge, County Criminal Court at Law No. 12

JUSTICE JENNIFER CAUGHEY: “Voters should choose me because of my experience, work ethic, background, and commitments to the Constitution and rule of law. Serving on the First Court of Appeals in Houston—where I was raised—is one of the greatest honors of my life. Since Governor Abbott appointed me to this seat, I have authored approximately 100 opinions (and contributed to many more). I’ve consistently honored my promises to give every case time and respect; to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitutions of Texas and the United States; and to faithfully apply the law as written. My rigorous law firm practice, judicial clerkships, and educational training at Princeton and Harvard Law School prepared me well for this role.”

Judge, County Criminal Court at Law No. 14

Dan Simons (Republican)

Dan Spjut (Republican)

John Spjut (Republican)

Mike Fields (Republican)

Franklin Bynum (Democrat)

Lee Harper Wilson (Democrat)

Cassandra Y. Hollemon (Democrat)

David L. Singer (Democrat)

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Dan Spjut and Lee Harper Wilson are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Judge, Harris County Criminal Court at Law #10 on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

John Spjut and Cassandra Y. Hollemon are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Judge, Harris County Criminal Court at Law #12 on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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Judge, County Criminal Court at Law No. 15

John Wakefield (Republican)

Aaron Burdette (Republican)

Jessica Padilla (Republican)

Roger Bridgwater (Republican)

Toria J. Finch (Democrat)

Sedrick T. Walker, II (Democrat)

Raul Rodriguez (Democrat)

Tonya Jones (Democrat)

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John Wakefield and Toria J. Finch are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Judge, Harris County Criminal Court at Law #9 on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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Aaron Burdette and Sedrick T. Walker, II are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Judge, Harris County Criminal Court at Law #11 on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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Jessica Padilla and Raul Rodriguez are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Judge, Harris County Criminal Court at Law #13 on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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Judge, County Probate Court No. 1 Loyd Wright (Republican)

Nominee Jerry Simoneaux (Democrat)

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Judge, County Civil Court at Law No. 1 Clyde Raymond Leuchtag (Republican)

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Judge, County Civil Court at Law No. 2

Ray Black (Republican)

Erin Swanson (Republican)

Michael Newman (Democrat)

Jim F. Kovach (Democrat)

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Judge, County Probate Court No. 3

Rory Robert Olsen (Republican)

Nominee Jason Cox (Democrat)

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Judge, County Civil Court at Law No. 3 Linda Storey (Republican)

Nominee LaShawn A. Williams (Democrat)

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Linda Storey and LaShawn A. Williams are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Judge, Harris County Civil Court at Law #3 on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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Christine Riddle Butts (Republican)

Nominee James Horwitz (Democrat)

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Sophia Mafrige (Republican)

Nominee William “Bill” McLeod (Democrat)

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Harris County District Clerk Chris Daniel (Republican)

Nominee Marilyn Burgess (Democrat)

Nominee Chris Daniel and Marilyn Burgess are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Harris County District Clerk on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart (Republican)

Nominee Diane Trautman (Democrat)

Nominee Stan Stanart and Diane Trautman are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Harris County Clerk on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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Harris County Treasurer

Harris County School Trustee, Position 4, Precinct 3 Josh Flynn (Republican)

Nominee Andrea Duhon (Democrat)

Nominee Josh Flynn and Andrea Duhon are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Harris County School Trustee, Position 4, Place 3 on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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Harris County School Trustee, Position 6, Precinct 1 Danyahel “Danny” Norris (Democratic)

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Harris County Commissioner, Precinct 2

Orlando Sanchez (Republican)

Jack Morman (Republican)

Dylan Osborne (Democrat)

Adrian Garcia (Democrat)

Orlando Sanchez and Dylan Osborne are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Harris County Treasurer on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Jack Morman and Andrian Garcia are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Harris County Commissioner, Precinct 2 on November 6, 2018. Don’t forget that you can vote early at any of the early voting locations conveniently positioned throughout Harris County.

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County School Trustee, Position 3, At-Large Marc Cowart (Republican)

Nominee Richard Cantu (Democrat)

Nominee Marc Cowart and Richard Cantu are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Harris County School Trustee, Position 3, At-Large on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Don’t forget that you can vote early at any of the early voting locations conveniently positioned throughout Harris County.

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Harris County Commissioner, Precinct 4 R. Jack Cagle (Republican)

Nominee Penny Shaw (Democrat)

Nominee R. Jack Cagle and Penny Shaw are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Harris County Commissioner, Precinct 4 on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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Christine Riddle Butts and James Horwitz are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Judge, Harris County Probate Court #4 on November 6, 2018.

Sophia Mafrige and William “Bill” McLeod are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Judge, Harris County Civil Court at Law #1 on Nov. 6th.

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EVERY VOTE COUNTS! — HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS NEWSPAPER© FOCUSED ON THE 2018 “SWING-VOTE”

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “In case you don’t know, back on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, the Harris County Democratic Party Primary turnout was 167,982 votes county-wide. Comparatively speaking, back on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, the Harris County Republican Party Primary turnout was 156,387 votes county-wide. However, the turnout on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 will be much higher — so don’t forget to vote early!”

“WHY I’M THE BEST CANDIDATE IN MY RACE.”

RACE FOR JUSTICE, 14TH COURT OF APPEALS

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, Place 2 David M. Patronella (Democratic)

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MARGARET “MEG’ POISSANT: “I am experienced in state, federal, and county courts in a broad range of civil and criminal matters. I have tried personal injury, family, criminal, commercial cases, business cases, and other types of cases in various counties in Texas. I am also licensed in Texas and New York, and have earned an AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell rating from my peers and the judiciary. I have represented clients and tried many cases involving various causes of action for 33 years, and have a broad knowledge of the law. I represent clients on both sides; whereas my opponent only represented Defendants in personal injury cases. I have represented clients in many of the 10 counties from which the 14th Court of Appeals issues rulings. I have filed appeals on behalf of my clients. My opponent has no criminal law experience, has perhaps tried 4 cases, and never handled an appeal, to my knowledge, before becoming an appellate justice. I believe the opinions of my opponent have not always been well reasoned. See Pinnacle Health Facilities v. Robles, 2017 opinion, vacated due to misstatement of the law, and Human Biostar v. Celltex Therapeutics, 2017 opinion, construing an ordinary appeal as a restricted appeal. My memberships include the State Bar of Texas; the New York Bar Association; Trial Lawyers of America; American Bar Association; Houston Bar Association; Texas Trial Lawyers Association; and I was selected by the State Bar as the State Bar Committee Chairperson of Liability and Disclaimer Subcommittee; Member of Mentor Committee. I have represented clients pro bono in many matters, and am a member of Houston Volunteer Lawyers. I have served my community in several board of director posiDISTRICT, PLACE 8 tions and community and neighborhood associations.”

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3, Place 2 Lucia G. Bates (Democratic)

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Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5, Place 2 Jeff Williams (Republican)

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David M. Patronella does not have a Republican opponent running against him in the race for Harris County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, Place 2 on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Lucia G. Bates does not have a Republican opponent running against her in the race for Harris County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3, Place 2 on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Jeff Williams does not have a Democratic opponent running against him in the race for Harris County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5, Place 2 on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, Place 2

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4, Place 2

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 6, Place 2

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George E. Risner (Democratic)

Nominee

George E. Risner does not have a Republican opponent running against him in the race for Harris County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, Place 2 on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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Laryssa Korduba (Republican)

Nominee

Laryssa Korduba does not have a Democratic opponent running against her in the race for Harris County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4, Place 2 on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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Angela D. Rodriguez (Democrat)

Nominee

Angela D. Rodriguez does not have a Republican opponent running against her in the race for Harris County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 6, Place 2 on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 7, Place 2 “DC” Caldwell (Republican)

Nominee Sharon M. Burney (Democrat)

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“DC” Caldwell and Sharon M. Burney are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Harris County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 7, Place 2.

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Justice of the Peace, Precinct 8, Place 2

Louie Ditta does not have a Republican opponent running against him in the race for Harris County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 8, Place 2 on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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Congratulations to Audia Jones for Becoming the Chair of the Membership and Recruiting Committee for the South Houston Concerned Citizens Coalition

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ugust was a very busy month for Audia Jones. She was recently nominated and unanimously voted in to become Chair of the Membership and Recruitment Committee for the South Houston Concerned Citizens Coalition (“SHCC”), a newly formed committee entrusted to the guidance of Mrs. Jones. As a natural top performer Audia Jones will bring her same work ethic, commitment and dedication to the SHCC. As Membership & Recruitment Committee Chair she is responsible for recruiting exceptional individuals who are passionate about improving their area, welcome and encourage community members of different ethnicities to join SHCC, and build upon the foundation of faithful members who are currently members of South Houston Concerned Citizens Coalition.

Here’s a few things you should know about this fine organization:

The South Houston Concerned Citizens Coalition consists of 26 civic clubs, homeowner associations and individuals; The South Houston Concerned Citizens Coalition advocates for the Hiram Clarke Area or 5 Corners Management District; The South Houston Concerned Citizens Coalition does two area clean-ups each year; The South Houston Concerned Citizens Coalition works with elected officials for improvements in the Hiram Clarke Area; The South Houston Concerned Citizens Coalition donates to the area schools; The South Houston Concerned Citizens Coalition sponsored the first “Jammin’ for Educational Excellence” fundraiser for Madison High School and Lawson Middle School; The South Houston Concerned Citizens Coalition sponsors or co-sponsors Town Hall Meet-

ings, i.e. District K and District 146; The South Houston Concerned Citizens Coalition invites speakers to speak to the group, i.e., Harris County Flood Control District, METRO, Sheriff’s Department, League of Women Voters, Solid Waste Management, etc.;

The South Houston Concerned Citizens Coalition partners with Super Neighborhoods 39 and 40;

The South Houston Concerned Citizens Coalition publishes a monthly e-newsletter: South Houston Concerned Citizens’ Coalition;

The South Houston Concerned Citizens Coalition’s website is under construction and will be made available soon;

The South Houston Concerned Citizens Coalition has an office in the Hiram Clarke Multi-Service Center (Room 131) Telephone: 832-393-4205. The South Houston Concerned Citizens Coalition can be contacted by email at the following e-mail address: shccc.info@gmail.com

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In case you don’t know, the South Houston Concerned Citizens Coalition is led by President Mya Carroll.

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PHOTO A: Audia Jones and Scarlett Thomas at Melodrama Boutique launch party featuring the nineteen African American Democratic Judicial candidates running for office in 2018. PHOTO B: Audia Jones and her husband DaSean Jones. PHOTO C: Dedra Davis and Audia Jones at Melodrama Boutique launch party. PHOTO D: Audia Jones and Gina Goosby-Harris at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church for the TheraGood Deeds Movement.

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MEET AUDIA JONES udia Jones was born to her loving parents, who are now retired. Her dad is a decorated Vietnam Veteran, who served as a paratrooper and member of the Long-Range Reconnaissance Patrol (LRRP), followed by a career as an aviation engineer. Her mom was a lifelong educator who taught special needs children for more than thirty (30) years.

Education. Jones received a full four-year NCAA College Basketball Scholarship to the University of Rhode Island (URI) where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. After leaving URI, Jones attended Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law where she earned an academic scholarship and graduated magna cum laude. After law school, she demonstrated herself to be a devoted civil servant, clerking at several highly-esteemed governmental agencies including the United States House of Representatives and the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia. United States House of Representatives. Upon completing law school, driven by her love for her Houston community, Jones served as the Counsel Fellow for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. As a Counsel Fellow, she quickly advanced from the duties of a Graduate Fellow to a Congressional Staffer managing the Judiciary Committee Portfolio for the Congresswoman. In approximately 50 hearings, Jones successfully prepared a detailed analysis of key legislation affecting the 18th Congressional District of Harris County while effectively communicating the pros and cons of each legislative item to the Congresswoman. Skilled, Practicing Attorney. Following her experiences at the U.S. House of Representatives, Jones joined the Harris County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney where she has handled non-violent and violent misdemeanor and felony offenses. As a Prosecutor, Jones has served as a Chief in a county court. She has also been assigned to the Family Criminal Law Division (FCLD) where she was the Chief Prosecutor of the Misdemeanor Division prosecuting felony domestic violence cases. Currently, Jones works as a senior felony prosecutor in the Financial Crimes Division. She focuses on the prosecution of public assistance fraud committed against various governmental agencies. The office recovers stolen State and Federal funding that should be allocated to Houstonians in need of flooding, housing, medical, unemployment, welfare, and other life support assistance. Personal Life. Audia Jones is married and has two children, a seventeen (17) month old son, and ten (10) year old niece. They reside in Precinct 7. She is a member of the Harris County Democratic Party, Texas Democratic Women, Houston Black American Democrats, Houston Association of Women Attorneys, Junior League of Houston and the Wheeler Avenue Christian Academy Parent Teacher Committee.


"Fair access to a fair forum ...because justice matters." DEMOCRAT SCOT “DOLLI” D0LLINGER FOR JUDGE, 189TH CIVIL DISTRICT COURT

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I'm Houston lawyer Scot Dollinger. Folks ask me, "How did 'dolli' get started?" Simple story. Growing up in Beaumont, Texas, my friends started calling me "Dolli." The name stuck and carried over to high school, college and my professional life. Though born and raised in Beaumont, I have lived and worked in Harris County for over twenty-five years. I'm running for judge of the 189th Civil District Court in Harris County, Texas. If you're a registered voter in Harris County, you can vote for me because it's a county-wide seat. The 189th District Court hears civil disputes from $500 and up and is considered a court of general jurisdiction. The Democratic Primary for this position will be March 6, 2018. The general election will be November 6, 2018. Seems like a long way off, but it will be here before we know it. In 2014, I was the Democratic candidate on the ballot for Civil Court No. 2 in Harris County. I am running again in the 2018 election cycle for the 189th bench because I continue to believe the best way to improve Harris County is to make sure that everyone has "fair access to a fair forum." That means having experienced judges who bring people together to solve problems without bias, sympathy or prejudice. Everybody needs to know when they come to court they will be treated fairly by an experienced, knowledgeable judge. Justice matters. It's that simple. After practicing law for over 30 years, I'm experienced, efficient and enlightened enough to run a fair court for all. Please get involved in the Harris County Democratic party by getting your friends EARLY VOTING BEGINS; and family to vote for me on Monday, October 22, 2018 Tues., Nov. 6th. Remember: www.dolli4judge.com ELECTION DAY:

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Scot “Dolli” Dollinger

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"It's not about Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative. It's about justice. Justice for all matters."

- Scot “Dolli” Dollinger for Judge


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“WHY I’M THE BEST CANDIDATE IN MY RACE.”

LIEUTENANT COMMANDER DAN CRENSHAW: “Voters should vote for me because I am uniquely qualified to go to D.C. and lead, from day one. I have led in the toughest environments, as a U.S. Navy SEAL Lieutenant Commander, where the stakes couldn’t be higher. I have worked on Capitol Hill and I have experience working across various federal agencies, including the Army Corps of Engineers, to solve our nation’s most pressing problems. Most importantly, I know this district. I literally ran across it and have talked to Texans and heard their concerns and know what they expect from their representative in Washington. A major part of my campaign has been listening to Houstonians, not only typical voters, but also those who do not have a longestablished voter history. I believe that is a major reason 4,600 new voters came out on May 22nd but didn’t vote on March 6th. They came to the polls because I earned their trust. Connecting with people, and earning their trust is what getting this job is about. I will never lose sight of the fact that people are entrusting me, that I am a servant. Servant leadership is something I have always, and will continue to take seriously.”

RACE FOR U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 2

PHILLIP ARONOFF: “Voters should cast their ballots for me because I represent a team mentality. I will be accessible and in the community. My campaign is issue focused, instead of party-focused. I choose to stand on a platform of values that make us all better individuals, and therefore a better society. I’m not running a campaign to represent 3 or 4 groups of people who have the monopoly in the social justice war this election. The campaign is to represent everyone, and to vigilantly fight for the issues in the district. Regardless of party lines, it will be my duty to listen to the district. That means town halls and prompt case management. A majority of my district speaks Spanish in the home, and I'm fluent in Spanish. Unfortunately, my opponent can't say the same, and she just chases wherever the social justice wind blows, while the people continue to suffer in the district. Vote for presence, and issue-driven leadership. That’s what I offer.”

RACE FOR U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 29

RACE FOR HARRIS COUNTY JUDGE

COUNTY JUDGE ED EMMETT: “I have the proven experience to do the job. Since becoming Harris County Judge more than ten years ago, I have led our community through the worst of Hurricanes Ike and Harvey, making crucial decisions to save lives and property, fighting for federal and state reimbursement, and leading the effort for a major flooding bond approved by county voters. I have been a leader in addressing mental health and indigent health challenges, worked to build vital transportation projects, and worked with county commissioners to keep county property taxes low. I am endorsed by Republicans, Democrats and Independents who know I am a problem-solver who focuses on the responsibilities of the job. My opponent is an unknown, 27-year old with no relevant experience, so when you vote, ask yourself who you want in charge when the next storm hits.”

MEAGAN HASSAN: “Appellate court justices review a vast array of legal matters and my state and federal practices include appeals, probate, criminal defense, business and contract disputes, constitutional rights, and personal injury. My current practice (constitutional law and civil rights litigation) regularly provides opportunities to dive deeply into complex areas of law and to commit my analyses to writing. As a result, I am ready to promote equity for all under the rule of law, to honor the protections guaranteed by the Texas and United States Constitutions, and to handle the challenges of the office on day one. I look forward to supporting and representing the People and our system of laws as an appellate court justice on the 14th Court of Appeals.”

RACE FOR JUSTICE, 14TH COURT OF APPEALS DISTRICT, PLACE 6

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ATTORNEY ERICA HUGHES: “I believe that justice is blind. I am ready to be a Judge that Harris County can be proud of.”

2018 MIDTERM ELECTION Early Voting Begins: Monday, October 22, 2018 Early Voting Ends: November 2, 2018

ELECTION DAY:

JUSTICE

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

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“I’m asking for the vote of every open-minded registered voter in Harris County, Texas on November 6, 2018. ” —Erica Hughes, Democratic Candidate for Judge

Attorney Erica Hughes Has the Experience: Attorney- Licensed in Texas 2006 Solo Practice Judge Advocate- Captain United States Army National Guard Adjunct Faculty- San Jacinto College since 2010

Erica’s Memberships and Affiliations:

Higher Dimension Church San Jacinto College Association, Board Member Harris County Democratic Party, Sustaining Member Houston Black American Democrats, General Member Houston Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.- Member

— EMPOWER YOURSELF BY CASTING YOUR VOTE FOR ERICA HUGHES ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2018 —

Attorney Erica Hughes is Endorsed by Chris Blauser and Lil KeKe in the race for Judge, Harris County Criminal Court At Law #3

“WE ARE THE PEOPLE!” “Chris Blauser is a paralegal student, as well as a server at The Cheesecake Factory here in Houston. He's the president of the Paralegal Student Organization at San Jacinto College, and a member of the LGBTQ community. Thank you for your support Chris, and good luck this semester!” — Erica Hughes

“Lil KeKe da Don is an artist that has been central to the Houston area for years! In 2016 he received an award from President Obama for his community service. Thank you for inspiring us all with your humanitarian efforts and your artistic talent; and thank you for your support!” — Erica Hughes for Judge, County Criminal Court No.3


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“WHY I’M THE BEST CANDIDATE IN MY RACE.” BARBARA STALDER: “During the course of their lifetimes 1-3 women and 1-7 men will have become a victim of family violence. The 280th Court is Harris County’s dedicated family violence court and its mission is to protect victims of family violence in protective orders, divorce and custody disputes. I bring to the table a unique perspective on family violence having grown up in a violent home and then fleeing an 11-year abusive relationship in November 1988. Since 1988, I have dedicated myself to improving the lives of survivors and their children. I have been practicing law for 15 years, I am board certified in family law, and an expert in family violence issues. I have represented hundreds of men and women in divorce, custody, and protective orders cases. I am also an attorney for children in CPS cases and an Amicus for children in high conflict and family violence disputes. I am a former UH clinical law professor where I taught and supervised law students in a legal aid clinic where we represented low income clients from every culture and background. I also worked closely with the UH Law Immigration Clinic on cases on immigrant family violence cases and unaccompanied minors fleeing abuse, neglect or abandonment by a parent in their home country. I am a pro bono attorney for agencies such as Catholic Charities, Tahirih, and KIND. Finally, I have completed advanced trainings on issues affecting children in family violence cases. There is no substitute for experience and I have both the personal and professional experience to make this Court a model family violence court.”

RACE FOR DISTRICT JUDGE, 280TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

THE RACE FOR STATE SENATE, DISTRICT 15

RANDY ORR: “I believe that I am the best candidate in this race because I represent the majority of citizens in this district. I am a retired blue-collar worker that has lived in this district for over fifty years. The concerns of the voters in district 15 are the concerns me and my wife share also. Pensions, social security, quality of an education, access to health care, and our safety, these are issues that impact me and my family. I have been involved in the political process for over thirteen years. From the grassroots to the campaigns, I have worked hard for a voice in Austin that represents the common man and women that live in this district. I believe strongly in creating an environment in Texas where everyone has a chance to be successful, from the single individual to a large corporation. Elected officials have no business picking and choosing which individuals have an advantage over others.”

RACE FOR DISTRICT JUDGE, 180TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

JUDGE CATHERINE EVANS: “Elected judges should have extensive legal experience before taking the bench and making critical decisions that change lives and affect our community. As Judge of the 180th Criminal District Court since 2013 and an attorney since 2000, I have handled exclusively criminal and primarily felony cases. As a judge and an attorney, I have handled felony cases of virtually every type – from Burglary to Sexual Assault to Aggravated Robbery to Capital Murder. It is this breadth of experience along with my belief that each case should be considered individually that make me the strongest choice for the 180th bench. Through an intensive probation program, I have the opportunity to tailor probations to meet the individual needs of some of our most at-risk probationers. We cannot expect these probationers to succeed unless we address underlying issues of addiction, mental health, education, and unemployment, and I am providing opportunities for these individuals to meet those challenges. I bring focused experience and judgment to the 180th Criminal District Court that is unmatched by my challenger.”

JOSH HILL: “The criminal justice system in Harris County, Texas is broken so badly that it needs real change. While some judges are considered better than others, even the “good judges” play under the current set of unwritten rules simply because “that’s the way it’s always been done.” I am qualified for this position and I plan on instituting the necessary changes to ensure that everyone before the court has equal access to justice and the opportunity to receive a fair shot. My entire legal career has been focused on criminal law exclusively: I worked for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office for almost 9 years as an intern and Assistant District Attorney in both the trial and post-conviction divisions. When I left the District Attorney’s Office, I began my private practice as a criminal defense lawyer and became Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. My trial experience, and more so my appellate experience, on both sides as a prosecutor and defense lawyer give me a unique perspective on the lasting consequences of the serious decisions that judges make every day.”

RACE FOR DISTRICT JUDGE, 232ND JUDICIAL DISTRICT

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EARLY VOTING BEGINS: Monday, October 22, 2018 EARLY VOTING ENDS: Friday, November 2, 2018 ELECTION DAY: Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Meet Germaine

Seventeen years ago, Germaine J. Tanner began visiting inmates at jails in Harris County, Texas. The visits were on behalf of the Fatherhood Project through the Office of the Attorney General. She learned two things: Inmates who were fathers needed better legal advice so they could maintain relationships with their children. And she discovered she had a passion for helping families understand and navigate the legal system. That experience while still a law student set the course for Tanner’s successful career in family law. Tanner established her law office with a concentration in family law in 2003. She handles a wide range of family law issues including divorce with emphasis on complex property issues, child custody, child support, post-divorce modifications and enforcements, family law-related appeals, and mediations. She has been appointed as an amicus attorney, attorney ad litem, guardian ad litem, and special master. Putting her legal expertise to work in the area of education, Tanner is also a Certified Hearing Examiner for the Texas Education Agency. In that role, she presides over due-process hearings involving educator employment contracts. She administers oaths of witnesses, rules on questions of evidence, and makes factual and legal determinations. She is responsible for issuing recommendations for the school district’s board of trustees to consider. This position is equivalent to that of an Administrative Law Judge. Tanner has now handled over 500 family law cases. She regularly turns down opportunities to take on cases in other areas of law, because she is fully dedicated to work in family law. Now, Germaine Tanner seeks to apply her passion, experience and skill in family law to serve Harris County as a Judge for the 311th Family District Court. Her experience and career-long focus on family law equip her to serve the citizens of Harris County as Judge on day one.

“The moment I began helping incarcerated dads understand their legal rights regarding their children, was eye-opening. I saw the expressions on their faces. Here was information they should have known but didn’t have access to. It was rewarding, and I felt like I was giving back. From then on I knew family law would be the focus of my career.” — GERMAINE TANNER

Here are a few of Germaine’s Memberships and Affiliations State Bar of Texas Family Law Section

Harris County Democratic Lawyers Association

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Harris County Democrats: Former Precinct 602 Chair

Harris County Democrats: Sustaining Member

State of Texas Democrats: Sustaining Member

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“Ms. Tanner has a great working relationship with the Office of the Attorney General. Her first priority is and always will be the safety and welfare of the children of Texas. As a single, working mother, Germaine Tanner knows first-hand the challenges, rights, and responsibilities of both raising a child and co-parenting successfully.” – SJ Whitaker, Attorney


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“WHY I’M THE BEST CANDIDATE IN MY RACE.” ATTORNEY JULIE COUNTISS: “I bring a depth of legal experience and an open mind and intellectual curiosity that my opponent lacks. For the appellate courts, it’s important to elect candidates with civil litigation experience who understand the civil trial courts. The justices on the First Court of Appeals spend close to 70% of their time on complex civil appeals. I have much more experience practicing law in the civil courts than my opponent. I stay up-to-date on important appellate decisions that impact my practice areas. I maintain a robust motions and trial court practice -- writing and arguing on complicated and contentious issues frequently. I have the core values, integrity, experience and dedication to public service necessary to become an excellent justice. I won the State Bar of Texas Judicial Preference Poll for 1st Court of Appeals, Place 7 this year. My opponent is very vocal about his political beliefs opposing marriage equality and a woman’s right to choose and adhering to an interpretation of the constitution that “applies RACE FOR JUDGE, COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS, PLACE 8 biblical principles.” I question his ability to be objective on the bench and to set aside his deep JUDGE MICHELLE SLAUGHTER: loyalty to Dr. Steven Hotze and the Conservative Re“The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) is publicans of Harris County PAC.” the supreme court for criminal cases in Texas,

and demands electing judges to serve on this court who have judicial experience, exceptional credentials, and a proven track record. I am the only candidate who meets that description. Currently, I am serving my second term as a district judge. I have presided over thousands of felony criminal cases ranging from state-jail felonies to capital murder cases. I have a proven track record of efficiency, effectiveness, transparency and saving taxpayer dollars. I have transformed the 405th District Court into the most efficient, most effective district court with the lowest backlog. Before becoming a judge, I was an attorney at two large international law firms litigating highly complex legal issues in state and federal courts across the United States. I earned my law degree with honors and my bachelor’s degree with high honors from the University of Houston. My opponent has never been a judge, has no proven track record, has minimal experience with felony cases, and has none of my outstanding credentials. Therefore, I am the clear choice to serve as your judge for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 8.”

RACE FOR JUSTICE, 1ST COURT OF APPEALS DISTRICT, PLACE 7

ATTORNEY RICHARD HIGHTOWER: “In the most recent Harris County Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Poll comparing the 18 justices on the two Courts of Appeals that include Harris County, my opponent had the highest percentage of attorneys (28 percent) to question his ability to be impartial, and the highest percentage of attorneys (25 percent) to rate him overall as "Needs Improvement." In contrast, during my 37 years in private practice, I have received the highest possible rating from my peers (AV Pre-eminent), and I have been listed in Texas Monthly Magazine as a Super Lawyer. I also received more votes than my opponent in the 2018 State Bar of Texas Preference Poll (January 2018) submitted to attorneys in the ten counties included in the 1st Court of Appeals. I have represented both Plaintiffs and Defendants, have been a trial partner in both large and small firms, and was co-counsel in one case that was argued before the United States Supreme Court. My law practice focuses on the representation of our public school districts/community colleges and mediation. As a certified mediator, I have been selected to mediate hundreds of cases.”

RACE FOR JUSTICE, 1ST COURT OF APPEALS DISTRICT, PLACE 8 JUDGE MIKE FIELDS: “In the nearly 20 years that I've been the elected Judge of Harris County Criminal Court at Law 14, I've had the pleasure of serving as the Chairman of the Harris County Bail Bond Board, a member of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, a

National board member of the Foundation for the Advancement of Alcohol Responsibility, an Adjunct Professor at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law and a National Lecturer on innovative practices in DWI resolution. I've tried hundreds of cases to successful conclusion and now serve as the first Judge of the Harris County

RACE FOR JUDGE, HARRIS COUNTY CRIMINAL COURT AT LAW #14

Misdemeanor Veteran's Treatment Court. I am a Veteran of the U.S. Army, a former Harris County Criminal Defense Lawyer and Prosecutor, the husband of an H.P.D. sergeant and a father of two. I believe I have served my Country and community honorably. I would like to continue to do so.”

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JUDGE PAULA GOODHART: “When you enter Harris County Criminal Court at Law #1 I will treat you with dignity and respect whether you are an accused citizen, a victim, an attorney, a witness, court staff, a juror or a visitor. It is important to me to preserve the integrity of the court process and you can count on your matter being handled fairly and professionally. I will follow the law and always have a balanced perspective because of my 25 years of experience as a successful prosecutor, defense attorney and award-winning judge.”

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LEADERSHIP

“I’m the first woman ever to be elected to Harris County Criminal Court at Law No.1.” — Honorable Judge Paula Goodhart PERSONAL

Grew up in the Pasadena Independent School District Graduate of J. Frank Dobie High School Daughter of retired law enforcement agent Attended the University of Texas *Graduated with Honors in 1990 Attended the University of Houston Law Center *Graduated with a J.D. in 1993 Married with 4 children Attends St. John Vianney Catholic Church

WORK EXPERIENCE

Judge Paula Goodhart (second from left), with Diamond, Silk, and her close friend Dinah Palmer (second from right).

Harris County District Attorney’s Office 1993-2007 • While in law school started working as an intern at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office • 14-year former Harris County Assistant District Attorney hired by DA Johnny Holmes. Former felony chief prosecutor. Handled thousands of criminal cases. Tried over 100 jury trial including capital murder, human trafficking, aggravated robberies and sexual assaults. • Worked with federal and local police targeting human traffickers • Taught criminal law at H.P.D., Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Houston Fire Department and the Pasadena Police Department

Private Practice 2007-2010 • Worked as a criminal defense attorney representing both hired and indigent clients in Harris County Criminal Courts, Ft. Bend County Courts and Galveston County

Constable Ted Heap, Harris County Constable for Precinct #5; Houston Police Officers Union; Pasadena Bar Association; Katy Christian Magazine; and the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston are a few of Judge Goodhart’s key endorsements.

Judicial Experience 2010 – Present • 4th judge to be elected to CCCL #1 since it was created • 1st female to be elected to CCCL #1 • Since 2014, presided over one of 5 specialty S.O.B.E.R. D.W.I. court dockets (Saving Ourselves By Education and Recovey). SOBER court is multi-

stakeholder collaborative team effort designed to target high risk DWI offenders. The mission of SOBER court is to increase public safety while reducing recidivism. • Presides over the young offender S.O.B.E.R. D.W.I. court for individuals ages 17-30 • Elected by judicial colleagues to serve as the Presiding Judge of the Harris County Criminal Courts at Law in 2017 • Elected by judicial colleagues to serve as the Administrative Judge of the Harris County Courts (both civil and criminal) AWARDS AND COMMENDATIONS As an Assistant District Attorney:

• Graduate of the National College of District Attorneys • Award of Commendation by the Director of the Transportation Security Administration • Victim Witness Program Award for outstanding service on behalf of crime victims • Federal Bureau of Investigation commendation for exceptional service in the public interest for work on human trafficking cases As a judge:

• 2013 Mothers Against Drunk Drivers Judicial Service Award • 2014 Texas Center for the Judiciary Spotlight on Success Award for the Harris County S.O.B.E.R. D.W.I. Courts • 2016 Mothers Against Drunk Driver Judicial Service Award to the S.O.B.E.R. D.W.I. court judges • 2017 Texas Center for the Judiciary Faculty of the Year Award • 2018 Commended by the Harris County Commissioner’s Court for 10 years of Excellence in the S.O.B.E.R. D.W.I. court program • 2018 recipient of the Houston Bar Associaton’s Presidents award for Excellence in Service during Hurricane Harvey • 2018 Mothers Against Drunk Drivers Policy Setter Award for the S.O.B.E.R. D.W.I. Courts

Houston Bar Association Judicial Qualifications Polls: • 2017 & 2015 – highest percentage of overall excellent/outstanding ratings of all County Criminal Courts at Law (judge with highest overall excellence/ outstanding ratings) (Ranked #1 for overall excellence/ outstanding performance for 2017 & 2015) • 2011 & 2013 – 2nd highest percentage of overall outstanding ratings of all County Criminal Courts at Law

Notable Accomplishments: • Presided over more than 200 trials since being on bench and thousands of cases • Consistently had one of the lowest dockets (efficiency in court administration) • Was the presiding judge during Hurricane Harvey and led the County Criminal Courts in handling jail dockets during the hurricane which allowed defendants to have their day in court and kept attorneys working. Additionally, along with the Court Manager’s office led the move of our 16 courts from the flooded Criminal Justice Center to the Family Law Center just 2 weeks after the storm. • Was the presiding judge during the implementation of bail reform. • Chair of the County Criminal Courts at Law Indigent Defense committee and the Harris County Community Supervision and Pretrial Services Department standing committee • Judicial Coordinator for the Houston Area Regional High School Mock Trial Competition – 2017 & 2018 • Coordinated the 1st Annual Rand Mintzer Lawyers Have a Heart C.P.R. Class – 2017 • Conversant in Spanish Community Service: • Lector St. John Vianney Catholic Church • National Charity League – West Houston Helping Hands • Spring Branch Independent School District F.F.A. Alumni Association

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HARRIS COUNTY STRONG

“WHY I’M THE BEST CANDIDATE IN MY RACE.” JUDGE ALICIA FRANKLIN YORK: “If statistics are correct that over 50% of voters may end up in a family court, voters would be wise to choose a candidate that will protect their family and property rights. I am that candidate. I am the current judge of the 311th District court who is knowledgeable, experienced, fair and follows the law. I empathize with the struggles families go through in family courts and I have been there to serve in an efficient, yet compassionate manner. I have shown commitment to families and children for the past fifteen years, both as a licensed attorney representing children, husband, wives, mothers, fathers, grandparents, relatives, and fosterparents and as a Judge for the past four years, making a difference for families. In addition to being Judge of this Court, I have volunteered hundreds of hours presiding as Judge of the only Harris County Family Drug Court. As a first-generation immigrant, I appreciate the cultural differences within our diverse county. I have a proven track record of service, success, and fairness to all. I am ready on day one and I don’t have to learn on the job with your family, unlike my opponent. I am the BEST QUALIFIED candidate.”

RACE FOR DISTRICT JUDGE, 311TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

RACE FOR JUDGE, COUNTY PROBATE COURT AT LAW #1

JUDGE LOYD WRIGHT: “In 2010 and again in 2014, I had the honor and privilege of being elected Judge of Harris County Probate Court No. 1 -- one of the busiest probate courts in the country. As I near the end of my second term, it continues to be the most rewarding experience of my career. Prior to taking the bench, as an attorney with over 27 years of experience in probate, trust guardianship, estate planning, and elder law, I developed a reputation for handling the matters entrusted to me with diligence and integrity. The experience I have garnered over the last thirty-five years has served me well on the

bench. I have now served as Judge of Probate Court No. 1 for almost eight years. I also served two terms as a member of the District 4A grievance committee (which disciplines attorneys) and served as Chair in 1994. I received my law degree from the University of Houston in 1981, and a BBA (1977 - Accounting) and MBA (1980 - Accounting/Taxation) from the University of Texas at Austin. I have a palpable enjoyment for what I do and am grateful for the opportunity to continue to earn your trust and support as Judge of Harris County Probate Court No. 1.”

ATTORNEY GERMAINE TANNER: “As a 15year practicing attorney, I have prosecuted and defended, and in some cases, been appointed, to over 500 family law cases in Harris County involving divorces with complex property and children’s issues, child support establishment and enforcement, custody, modifications, and appeals. I’ve served as a Mediator, Attorney ad Litem, Amicus Attorney and Special Master. I’ve taught continuing legal education courses on family law issues to attorneys and paralegals. As a working mother, I understand the challenges of parenting, decision-making and balance. As an attorney and a mom, I understand the everyday struggles of family life. I, like you, want what’s best for our children. When there’s a divorce, with child support and custody issues, we want the judge to have the experience to both follow the law and rule with the heart of a caring parent. I’ve spent my entire legal career assisting families in Harris County and I know that we need a judge who can draw on the wisdom learned from both professional and life experiences, to make the best decisions for our families. I am the BEST QUALIFIED and ONLY candidate who meets these qualities.”

RACE FOR DISTRICT JUDGE, 311TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

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Sonya Heath is l Clearly the best choice in the race for the 310th Family Court Meet Sonya

Here are a few of my memberships: • The College of the State Bar of Texas • Burta Rhoads Raborn Family Law Inn American Inn of Court, 2018 • American Bar Association Family Law Committee Vice Chair, 2009 - 2010 • Houston Bar Association Member, 2009 - Present • Houston and Texas Young Lawyers Association Member, 2009 - 2011 • Mexican American Bar Association Houston (MABAH), 2009 - Present • Rotary Club University Area of Houston, 2011- Present • State Bar of Texas Association Member, 2009 - Present • State Bar of Texas Juvenile Law Section Member, 2009 - 2011

EARLY VOTING BEGINS: Monday, October 22, 2018

A judge must be knowledgeable, fair and impartial. Sonya's relevant familiarity and involvement in the process, with 30+ years of legal-related service, (9 years as a licensed attorney, and 23 years as a civil litigation assistant), equip her to be that judge who can identify and understand the distresses and hardships that families encounter. Thereby equipping her to assist them in getting back some semblance of their previous lives, and with any success, restore their broken families. Sonya's previous experience includes The Craig Washington Law Firm, the First Court of Appeals as a judicial intern and Vice Chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association's Family Law Committee. During 2008-2009, she was Vice Chair, Employee Benefits General Committee, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the ABA, and she has served on several committees in the Mexican American Bar Association. In 2006, she was a Court Appointed Special Advocate in Rock County, Wisconsin. Sonya's law practice, accomplishments and committee involvement have prepared her to be the best candidate for Judge of the 310th Family District Court. Her wealth of experience and first-hand knowledge provide Sonya with the tools that are necessary to be a fair and knowledgeable judge. In her personal life, Sonya enjoys and has participated in the BP MS150 cycling event (150+ miles from Houston to Austin). The fundraising event is held annually and serves to bring hope to many who are affected by multiple sclerosis. Sonya recently completed her tenure as President of the University Area Rotary Club, and was very active with the United States – Russian Intercountry Committee Rotary Exchange. Her focus this year is the Rotary Club's major project, the Rotary Firefighters Home. The project's vision is to provide temporary, fully-furnished housing to firefighters and other first responders at little or no cost, for use while they are undergoing treatment in the Texas Medical Center for any on-the-job injuries or, resulting work-related medical conditions. Sonya was the MABAH Inaugural Gala Chair for 2016, and the Logistics Chair responsible for completely furnishing the forty-unit apartment complex. Sonya also enjoys reading and being actively involved with her church, First United Methodist, downtown branch. Sonya has two adult sons, Christopher and Nicholas, who wholeheartedly support her in this campaign. Her experience, as well as commitment to improving the lives of families, makes her the best candidate for Judge of the 310th Family District Court. By supporting Heath4Judge, you are aiding Sonya and her commitment to supporting families.

EARLY VOTING ENDS: Friday, November 2, 2018

“I’m humbly asking for your vote on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 .” Sonya Heath

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Accomplishments

2010 - Founded The Law Office of Sonya Heath in Houston, Texas

Education

2009 - Obtained Law Degree from TSU’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law

2004 - Graduated from University of HoustonDowntown

Affiliations

First United Methodist Church Houston, Texas


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HARRIS COUNTY STRONG

“WHY I’M THE BEST CANDIDATE IN MY RACE.” JUDGE NATALIE C. FLEMING: “I have been practicing in the Harris County Criminal Courts for almost 30 years – first as a prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and later as a visiting judge and as the Presiding Judge of Harris County Criminal Court at Law Number 3 since 2010. I started the first Spanish-speaking S.O.B.E.R. Court which is an intense program designed to reduce repeat D.W.I. offenses by breaking the cycle of addiction among members of our community. As a felony prosecutor, I gained valuable experience handling serious and complicated cases on behalf of the citizens of Harris County. As a Judge, I have presided over many thousands of cases and I work hard to ensure the rights of all involved are protected. I am very honored to have had this great responsibility placed upon me by the voters of Harris County in my last two elections. In contrast, my opponent – while seemingly a very nice lady – does not have the experience necessary to preside over this court. A simple search of the court database online shows that she has never, ever handled a case in the Harris County Criminal Courts at Law. Not one.”

RACE FOR JUDGE, COUNTY CRIMINAL COURT AT LAW #3

RACE FOR DISTRICT JUDGE, 309TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT JUDGE SHERI Y. DEAN: “After college, I worked with my family’s business until, at the age of 34, I decided to become an attorney. With my husband and children, ages 8, 7 and 4, I left my home in Tyler, Texas to begin law school in Houston. During this period, I worked, took care of my family, and graduated in two and a half years from South Texas College of Law. Shortly thereafter I began my own family law firm and successfully practiced in Harris County for 18 years. I have served as Judge for the 309th Family Court since 2010, and I want to continue the work I started. I’ve

worked full time to clear backlogged cases while making sure that litigants get their day in court. And I always wait until I’ve heard all the facts and circumstances surrounding a case before making my final decision – based on the law and the Constitution. My record and participation reflect my loyalty, commitment and respect as a Judge and community leader. I have worked hard to expand my efforts as an elected official and public servant by working on community outreach projects to increase opportunities for families through education and unity.”

ATTORNEY ERICA HUGHES: “The citizens of Harris County should vote for me because I am the best candidate for the position. Harris County deserves a candidate who is qualified in every aspect. Not only do I possess 12 years of legal experience representing the government and defense, I continue to serve my country as a commissioned officer in the United States military. I have worked for 11 years as an educator and I am currently an adjunct faculty member at San Jacinto college. These experiences have developed my perspective as an agent of change and reinforced the desire to serve my community. Harris County is the third largest County in the U.S. and should lead the charge in criminal justice reform. For far too long Harris County Criminal Judges have stood by and participated in mass incarceration, resisted bail reform, and turned a blind eye to defendants with mental illness and chemical dependence. The past 20 years have not yielded any change within Harris County. Harris County is also diverse and represents many individuals. The presiding Judges do not represent the diversity of the county and cannot relate to the current population. I will bring diversity and compassion to all on the bench. I know the criminal justice system is a necessary and vital part of our society, and I will help restore integrity, fairness, justice and honor for all. I will be the candidate that will take a stand and lead the efforts in criminal justice reform for Harris County.”

RACE FOR JUDGE, COUNTY CRIMINAL COURT AT LAW #3

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COMPASSION

FAIRNESS

INTEGRITY

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HARRIS COUNTY STRONG

“WHY I’M THE BEST CANDIDATE IN MY RACE.”

JUDGE DAVID FARR: “Voters should cast their vote for me to remain the presiding Judge of the 312th Family District Court based on a verified record of judicial accomplishment joined with a broad background of public service. The attorneys of the Houston Bar Association rated my judicial performance as superlative in the 2013, 2015 and 2017 Bar Polls. I have been board certified in Family Law since 2004 and am currently on the adjunct faculty at the University of Houston Law Center. I have received judicial excellence awards from the Burta Rhoads Raborn Inns of Court (2015); the Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists (2017). The Houston Bar Association President’s Award for Leadership (2018) was recently awarded to me for work on the courthouse flooding after Hurricane Harvey. Additionally, I have served for over 21 years in the Texas Army National Guard and am a certified member of the Army Trial Judiciary. My military service includes active duty deployments to the peacekeeping missions in Bosnia-Herzegovina (2000) and Kosovo (2006) as well as combat operations in Iraq (2010) and domestic support operations in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina (2009) and in the Houston area after Hurricane Harvey (2017). My overall record of service supports re-election.”

RACE FOR DISTRICT JUDGE, 312TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT JUDGE PAULA GOODHART: “Harris County voters should expect their elected judges to exhibit integrity, experience, and leadership. As a nearly 25-year lawyer who has dedicated 100% of my career to criminal justice, I embody those characteristics and more. In the last two Houston Bar Association Judicial Qualifications Polls I ranked #1 of all the misdemeanor courts for overall outstanding and excellent scores. This ranking is significant because the folks who vote in this poll are the attorneys who practice in the court where I preside -both prosecutors and defense attorneys. Additionally, I am the only candidate in this race with the balanced perspective of being a prosecutor, de-

fense attorney, and judge. As a prosecutor and defense attorney, I tried more than 100 jury trials ranging from traffic tickets to capital murders. As a judge, I have presided over more than 200 jury trials and handled more than 34,000 cases in the last 8 years. When Hurricane Harvey flooded the criminal courthouse, courts had to continue running. As the presiding judge of the misdemeanor courts, elected by my colleagues, I helped lead our transition to our new "normal" courts. We moved 16 courts and opened courts to the public just two weeks after Harvey. For this effort, I along with 4 other deserving recipients, was awarded the Houston Bar Association President's Award for excellence in service during Harvey. I am the most qualified and experienced choice for this bench.”

RACE FOR JUDGE, COUNTY CRIMINAL COURT AT LAW #1

ATTORNEY SONYA HEATH: “The voters in Harris County should cast their ballot for me over my opponent because we need a judge that will come to work on a consistent basis. Unfortunately, that is not the case in this court. I have worked in the legal field for over 30 years (9 as a licensed attorney and 23 as a legal assistant) and

have proven dedication to my career. As a Rotarian, I follow Rotary’s motto of ‘Service Above Self.’ Service to my clients, to my community, and when elected, to my constituency. I believe it is important to bring about change that assures fairness and equity regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, socioeconomic status, and political affiliations.”

RACE FOR DISTRICT JUDGE, 310TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

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Six years as a felony chief in the white collar crime and public assistance fraudspecial crimes divisions.

GET TO KNOW RENEE

FAIR HONEST DILIGENT

Renee Magee was born in Texas City and was one of eight children. At a young age, her father's job took Renee and her family to Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. During this time, Renee began swimming competitively at age 5 1/2. She eventually went on to represent Texas and the United States in the 1976 olympics in Montreal. (See Team USA below.) Renee returned to Texas in high school where she graduated from Clear Lake High School and went on to complete college and law school at the University of Houston. Renee is one of the most respected in her field for being fair, honest and hard working. Throughout her athletic career and her career as a top prosecutor, Renee's drive and determination have humbly been on display. The same drive and determination that made her a young olympian and the same respected record she has earned as a prosecutor and district court judge will continue to benefit the citizens of Harris County upon her re-election.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

As Judge of the 337th District court, Renee significantly reduced her pending caseload through diligence and hard work in an effort to provide a fair and speedy resolution of cases. Renee also volunteered to preside over a mental health caseload, wherein she supervised mentally ill defendants who were on probation for criminal offenses and needed assistance in connecting with community programs designed to prevent recidivism.

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.

FAMILY

Renee and her husband, 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 four-year-old Benjamin and two-year-old, Elissa. 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.

Renee began working at the Harris County District Attorney office in 1992. Renee was a strong asset for the citizens of Harris County as an Assistant District Attorney for 21 years and as a District Court Judge in the 337th for 4 years. Her accomplishments included:

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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

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HARRIS COUNTY STRONG

“WHY I’M THE BEST CANDIDATE IN MY RACE.” ATTORNEY JANICE BERG: “Over the past decade I have handled every type of family law case, from high-conflict divorce and custody cases to child support enforcements and post-divorce divisions of property. I am proud of my legal practice, in which I aim to find specialized solutions for each and every one of my clients. If I am elected judge of the 247th Family District Court, I will give every litigant the time and attention their case deserves. I also have significant experience in the courts of appeals. In 2013, shortly after opening my solo law practice, I argued successfully on behalf of the petitioner in the Texas Supreme Court. My experience working on all stages of a family case gives me the unique ability to see the whole picture in a case and know how the pieces fit together.”

RACE FOR DISTRICT JUDGE, 247TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

RACE FOR DISTRICT JUDGE, 247TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

JUDGE JOHN SCHMUDE: “As the presiding Judge of the 247th Family District Court, I have disposed of more than 11,000 cases in every area of family law. I have had single days in which I handled more individual cases as a judge than my opponent has handled as a lawyer in her entire legal career. Secondly, I have made substantial progress in the 247th in ensuring that we do not impose unreasonable financial burdens on the backs of the poor such as having parties bear the cost of appointed lawyers when they cannot even afford to pay for a lawyer of their own. I have also ensured that in CPS cases, when it becomes necessary to remove children from their homes that they are placed, whenever possible, with loving family members who are ready, willing and able to provide a safe home rather than placing them in foster homes. I have a strong record of service, which includes serving in the Upward Bound program, which assists inner-city minority students to achieve their dreams of a college education. I also served Native American families from the Lakota Sioux Tribe in South Dakota in dealing with the effects of alcoholism and drug addiction.”

RACE FOR HARRIS COUNTY CLERK

DIANE TRAUTMAN: “I have over 30 years of leadership experience in running organizations in banking, education, and county government with a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership. I am currently an elected At-Large Trustee on the Harris County Board of Education where I have been passionate about protecting programs for children for the last six years, and I will be just as passionate about protecting your right to vote when I am County Clerk. My race for County Clerk is about two things: increasing voter turnout and improving the election process to make it simpler and more convenient so that more of our hardworking families can exercise their right to vote. That’s why I want to bring Voting Centers to Harris County which would mean you could vote at any voting location on election day. This would solve the confusion so many voters have about where their assigned voting location is on Election Day. I also want to expand Early Voting hours and add an additional weekend of Early Voting. I also believe we need to replace outdated voting machines with electronic voting machines that produce a paper ballot to guard against outside interference with our elections. I’d also like to improve online access to vital documents like birth, marriage, property, and death records.”

ATTORNEY SANDRA J. PEAKE: “I have practiced before Harris County Family Courts for more than 30 years and am sensitive to the unique issues that arise in family law cases. Throughout my career, I have fought on behalf of families to obtain justice for them in family courts. We are fortunate to live in a county as diverse as ours. It has been my privilege and opportunity to have represented extraordinary people from a cross-section of races, religions, cultures, countries, and orientation. By electing a Democrat, our families can be assured that I believe in equality and fairness for all litigants and will continue to insist that all receive a consistent application of the law, courtesy, and fairness in Family Court. While representing over 1500 families in Harris County family court cases, I have achieved the breadth and depth of knowledge through experience. I have experience in consumer bankruptcy and probate law which gives me an even greater understanding of the root causes of family strife. Finally, received the endorsements of Houston GLBT PAC, the TGCALF Harris County Labor Assembly, Mexican American Bar Association, Pasadena Bar Association, Texas Coalition of Black Democrats, and Run Sister Run PAC which demonstrates diverse support throughout the community.”

RACE FOR DISTRICT JUDGE, 257TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

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“We’re praying that you will consider casting your vote for the most dedicated, committed, and experienced candidate in the race for Judge, 309th Family Judicial District Court on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.”

JUDGE SHERI Y. DEAN & TEAM DEAN

Dedication, commitment, experience...

Judge Sheri Y. Dean was elected as Presiding Judge for the 309th Family Court in 2010 and is now seeking re-election for her third term. Please join Team Dean in our grass-roots effort to keep Judge Dean!

Family

Judge Dean has been married to her high school sweetheart, Lance, for 43 years and has three wonderful sons and two lovely daughter-in-laws who have given her five adorable grandchildren.

Determination

Judge Dean earned her Business Administration Degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1976. Following college, she worked many years with the family business until, at the age of 34, she decided to follow her dream to become an attorney. With her children, ages 8, 7 and 4 years old, Judge Dean took the leap and left her home in Tyler, Texas to begin law school in

Houston. While working and taking care of her family, Judge Dean graduated in two and a half years from South Texas College of Law. After graduating she began her own law firm and practiced family law in all nine family law courts in Harris County for 18 years.

Experience

Judge Dean was appointed by the Governor of Texas in 2010 to serve as the Judge for the 309th Family Court. Shorty after her appointment, she was then elected and continues to serves as your Judge of the 309th Family Court. Judge Dean wants to continue the work she has started. Since she began her tenure, Judge Dean has worked full time to clear backlogged cases, while making sure that litigants get their day in court and are heard. Judge Dean is known as a tough, but fair judge, who waits to decide a case once she has heard all the facts and circumstances, before making timely decisions based on the law and Constitution. She also is a member of the Jury Committee that streamlined the process to save thousands of dollars for Harris County citizens.

JUDGE SHERI Y. DEAN IS A HARD-WORKING COMMUNITY LEADER!

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Community

Today, Judge Dean is well known in Harris County for her hard work and active participation in the community. Judge Dean’s record and participation reflects her loyalty, commitment and respect as a Judge and community leader. She has expanded her efforts as an elected official and public servant to reach out into the community on several projects, encouraging children and families to seek education and unity, increasing opportunities for families. Judge Dean has worked to be a part of the solution for others in need. After her appointment, she was then elected and continues to serve as your Judge of the 309th Family Court. Judge Dean wants to continue the work she has started. Since she began her tenure, Judge Dean has worked full time to clear backlogged cases, while making sure litigants get their day in court and are heard.

Judge Sheri Y. Dean is proud to be endorsed by The Baptist Ministers’ Association of Houston & Vicinity PAC, Church of God in Christ PAC, C Club, Houston Realty Business Coalition (HRBC), Texas Asian Republican Club, Conservative Coalition of Harris County, Mexican American Bar Association of Houston (MABAH), many other local leaders and organizations.


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RACE FOR JUDGE, COUNTY CRIMINAL COURT AT LAW #11

SEDRICK T. WALKER II: “Unlike most areas of legal specialization, criminal law has two clear and distinct sets of lawyers on opposing sides: prosecutors and defense attorneys. On many occasions, a criminal court judge makes decisions after considering evidence and arguments from both sides. Accordingly, I believe the best preparation for stepping into the judicial role is having several years of experience handling cases as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney. I am the only candidate for Harris County Criminal Court No. 11 who has this specific qualification. I have a comprehensive knowledge of the law and our local criminal court system because I’ve spent thousands of hours inside and outside the courtroom, dealing with issues from both perspectives. Working as a prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, and handling a high-volume caseload, provided my initial contact with the system. After transitioning to the defense side, I gained a better appreciation of how these cases have a significant impact on the day-today lives of those facing criminal accusations. Regardless of what position I’ve held, my commitment to fairness and equal treatment of all people has been the foundation of my career and that will continue if elected judge.” ATTORNEY AARON BURDETTE: “I have devoted my entire career to the practice of criminal law. I have personally tried more than 50 criminal jury trials and handled more than 10,000 criminal cases. I have run both a misdemeanor and felony docket. I have the ability to see both sides and am mindful of the impact the criminal justice can have on both victims and defendants. I have support in this race from both sides of the Criminal Bar, as well as the Mexican American Bar Association, the Houston Police Officers Union, and several other members of the criminal justice system. I have also been given various awards and recognition throughout my career. I am the candidate with the right qualifications, experience, and temperament, to be the next Judge of the County Criminal Court at Law No. 11.”

RACE FOR JUDGE, COUNTY CRIMINAL COURT AT LAW #11

RACE FOR JUDGE, COUNTY CRIMINAL COURT AT LAW #6

ATTORNEY KELLEY ANDREWS: “I have worked consistently and continuously in the Harris County Criminal Courts for the last 11 years. As a criminal attorney, I have long believed that the misdemeanor and juvenile courts are the two areas where a person has a real opportunity to turn their life around and take the road out of the criminal justice system. I believe this because these two areas are most often the places where a person is first introduced into the criminal justice system. In order to help a person to redirect their life, we need judges that believe in equality, in treating people as individuals, in looking at the underlying issues (mental health, addiction, e.g.) that in whole or in part led to that individual’s arrest. Judges must be willing to address those issues when determining conditions of community supervision. When I heard that Judge Standley was going to retire from the bench in Criminal Court 6, my hope was that someone would come along and run for the open bench who believed in the same things that I do. I quickly realized that the only way that I could ensure that would be to run myself.” JUDGE BILL HARMON: “I have served as a District Judge for 22 years and as Judge of County Court # 2 for the past 12 years. I have presided over 1000 Felony and Misdemeanor jury trials.”

RACE FOR JUDGE, COUNTY CRIMINAL COURT AT LAW #2

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EVERY VOTE COUNTS! — HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS NEWSPAPER© FOCUSED ON THE 2018 “SWING-VOTE” Pol. Adv. Christine Riddle Butts Campaign, Michael C. Riddle, Treasurer, in compliance with the voluntary limits of the Judicial Campaign Fairness Act.

"My mission is to help in times of crisis when the crisis involves the death, incapacity, or mental illness of a loved one."

Integrity matters. Justice should prevail. Service above self. Honesty is a given. Humility is a gift. Faith, Family, Community.

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Harris County Probate Court 4 ABOUT CHRISTINE RIDDLE BUTTS

In November of 2010, after fourteen years of practice as a probate lawyer in Harris County, Christine Butts was elected to serve as the judge of Probate Court 4. Probate judges in Harris County preside over probate, guardianship, and civil mental health cases. In the past five years, Harris County Probate Court 4 has undergone the following enhancements designed to expand its service to the public:

The Guardianship Handbook was created and published. It is now given to every person appointed as a guardian. It is also available in Spanish.

The court offers a free Continuing Legal Education program every quarter

Attorneys may now obtain docket settings online

Helpful Guidelines designed to assist attorneys seeking help with less common probate procedures were published to the court’s website and are offered in the offices of the court free of charge. The changes set out above enable guardians to more effectively help families care for their loved ones and enable attorneys to more efficiently serve families in crisis. Christine Butts was raised in Houston and graduated from Westfield High School. While in high school, she worked with her father, a probate lawyer, in his small law firm. Christine Butts went on to graduate from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor of business administration degree. Soon after college, she

married Donald Butts and studied law at the University of Houston. After graduating from law school, she joined her father's law practice. Serving clients in a private practice enabled her to learn a great deal about probate, guardianship, and mental health matters. More importantly, private practice has given her a balanced perspective and view into how the loss or incapacity of a loved one impacts families. Christine Butts asks for your support in her re-election campaign because she is dedicated to and experienced in serving those who must handle a probate, guardianship, or mental health matter. _________________________________ CHRISTINE VALUES EVERY VOTE!

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RACE FOR JUDGE, COUNTY CRIMINAL COURT AT LAW #12

ATTORNEY CASSANDRA Y. HOLLEMON: “Harris County, Texas voters should cast their ballot for me over my opponent because I am qualified and have been practicing law for 23+ years. During those years I have handled many criminal cases and over the years have maintained a relationship with many of my clients and their families. I believe in criminal justice reform along with fairness and equity for everyone, irrespective of the situation they find themselves in. Unlike my opponent, I have never been a Police Officer or otherwise worked in Law Enforcement, I will listen to ALL people before the bench and will never rule based upon what a person says simply because of their job, title or economic status. I chose to run for misdemeanor court because the people before these courts are charged with what some may call minor offenses as opposed to felonies and many are first-time offenders. These individuals are at a crossroads in their lives and need to be re-directed. Those who suffer from mental challenges need to be identified as such; treated fairly and receive treatment. This is a court where I can use my commitment to the community and love of the law. I am aware of and understand what happens in Court can have a major impact on a person's future. Hence, I believe in alternative sentencing that is doable; enhancing and has a purpose and not just punishment. I believe in accountability along with rehabilitation and see this as a win-win solution and our communities are made safer.”

ATTORNEY JOHN SPJUT: “Qualifications and experience are the major issues in this race. My Democrat opponent has no experience in criminal law, and in my RACE FOR JUDGE, COUNTY CRIMINAL COURT AT LAW #12 opinion, is not prepared to handle the rigors of this office. In contrast, I have over 23 years of experience as an atATTORNEY ANDREW A. WRIGHT: “One word: torney, with extensive litigation experience, and 30 years CHANGE. My opponent has been on the same bench of law enforcement experience with HPD as a Master Police Officer. since January 1999. Right now, Harris After becoming a lawyer, I served as Chief of HPD’s FAST Team, County is on a cusp of change in crimiclosing down high-crime nuisance properties, and as Legal Services nal justice. Voters should cast their balattorney for the Chief. After retiring, I continued my litigation practice lot for me to help bring about that working primarily in the juvenile courts trying thousands of contested change. I have practiced in criminal matters representing parents and children in CPS lawsuits. courts for over nine years and have tried cases from The majority of criminal cases filed are misdemeanors, and a Galveston all the way to the State of Colorado. I have great many of these involve youthful offenders. In my two careers, the experience and temperament for this bench, but I’ve seen many people go through the justice system repeatedly. I also the desire for change. Change to make our courts believe judges have an unparalleled opportunity to stop the revolving more better for the citizens of Harris County.” door. Many people struggle with addiction, mental illness, and poverty. Treatment and evidence-based interventions help people RACE FOR JUDGE, COUNTY CRIMINAL COURT AT LAW #7 put their lives back together and become productive members of society. I will bring this passion and focus to the office of judge of Harris County Criminal Court No. 12.” ATTORNEY JASON COX: “I am a strong believer in public service and a third-generation Houstonian who JUDGE RORY ROBERT OLSEN: “Probate loves this community. I want to use my extensive knowlCourt #3 of Harris County, Texas handles tradiedge and unique experience for the benefit tional probate matters such as the administration of the citizens of Harris County. of decedent's estates; wills and will contests; and If you’re in a probate court, you’re going through guardianships. I have over two decades of expeone of the most vulnerable times of your life – rience in these areas as a lawyer and twenty you may be dealing with the death of a loved one; trying to get years as a probate judge. My opsupport for someone who can no longer take care of themselves, ponent has much less experience. or finding help someone suffering from mental illness. This court is one of two courts that I have over 14 years’ probate experience. I frequently write and speak handle the massive mental health on probate issues and am a member of organizations whose goal is to imdocket (civil commitments) in Harris prove the quality of legal services. County. I have fifteen years of legal I’ve also been an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas, teaching experience in the mental health area students who may be the first in their family to attend college and who often did not and two decades of experience as grow up in an English-speaking home. a judge in the area. My opponent's I am also a cancer survivor who has returned to this community as a experience is ZERO! The people longtime volunteer who was recently recognized for making significant of Harris County deserve a judge contributions to patient support. with experience and competence A probate judge should be knowledgeable, compassionate, and hard-working. in this delicate and important I believe I am all these and I ask for your vote.” area of the law.”

RACE FOR HARRIS COUNTY PROBATE COURT AT LAW #3 FEATURING JUDGE RORY ROBERT OLSEN AND JASON COX

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RACE FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE HOUSE DISTRICT #135

JON ROSENTHAL: “Voters should choose who will best represent them and share their values. I will be a positive and progressive voice in our state government, who truly represents ALL of the people. Folks want representatives to share their values. My core values are Honor, Integrity, Decency, and Respect, and I will always adhere to these values. I share the concerns of my neighbors and friends in HD135. My top issues are Public Schools, Healthcare, Criminal Justice Reform, and Equality for US ALL. We need to provide better funding for Public Schools without raising property taxes on individuals and small businesses. Schools also need fair and equitable evaluations that are NOT based on the discriminatory STAAR test. We can lower health care costs by accepting the Medicaid expansion in Texas. And we MUST promote women’s access to health services to address our sky-high infant and maternal mortality rates. People know that we need Criminal Justice Reform: From the police on the street to judges in courtrooms to overcrowded for-profit prisons, we can do better. We MUST combat discrimination and bigotry in all forms, promoting equality #4USALL A vote for Jon Rosenthal is a vote for these shared values and concerns.”

“DC” CALDWELL: “My desire to make a positive difference qualifies me as the best of two candidates for Justice of the Peace Precinct 7, Place 2. Even Democrat voters should choose me, DC Caldwell, over my Democrat opponent. I want to make improvements, but she has said she does not. I asked her directly, "What do you plan to do differently to improve how the court is run?" Her answer is, and I quote, “Not a thing” (Monday, July 9, 2018), so I thank her for answering. I believe, as does everyone else that I have

asked, that our judicial system has room for refinement, progress, or much-needed change by any name. In fact, we all agree it is fair to call our system broken. Furthermore, our courts can easily improve if judges diligently strive to serve beyond the minimum duties imposed by law. For example, like when I was a school teacher giving morning tutorials and homework help, I would expect to start early, not having people waiting for me to arrive, and to have planning, record-keeping, and conferences at the end of the day, even staying late.”

ATTORNEY JIM F. KOVACH: “My name is Jim F. Kovach and I am asking for your vote because I am the most qualified candidate for this job. On November 1, 2018, I will mark my 27-year anniversary as a licensed lawyer in Texas. I have handled thousands of cases in the County Civil Courts at Law. My opponent has been licensed a mere 4 years and she has handled zero cases in this court. Electing the most qualified candidates is vital to protecting individual’s rights and liberties. My campaign slogan is “Life may not be fair, but your Judge should be.” Every person entering the courthouse should be treated fairly, equally, and respectfully. Justice is for everyone, not just for those who can afford a high-priced lawyer. As the former Board Chairperson of Legacy Community Health Services, I have spent over a decade helping low income and marginalized communities obtain quality, affordable, health care for all regardless of ability to pay. I will bring this same compassionate view to the bench if Harris County Voters elect Jim F. Kovach on November 6, 2018.”

RACE FOR JUDGE, COUNTY CIVIL COURT AT LAW #2

ATTORNEY SHARON BURNEY: “Voters in Harris County should cast their ballot for me over my opponent because I am the most qualified and ethical candidate. In addition to just "numerous desires", I have a noted track record of making a positive difference in the city of Houston, the United States, and abroad for over 35 years. I am a licensed Attorney by the State Bar of Texas whose office has been in Precinct 7 for over ten years. I am a graduate of Thurgood Marshal School of Law. My Republican opponent has only completed one year of law school. Houston members of the Republican Party have said, "He is not qualified". Prior to graduating from Thurgood Marshal School of Law, I worked at Houston Independent School District as a Teacher and Administrator for 24 years. Many of the schools I served are located in Precinct 7. My opponent lied when he quoted me as saying " I would do nothing to improve the way the court is run." I have been heard on numerous occasions saying that I would improve the ways in which information is distributed, improve service, and increase technology to the degrees allowed by Harris County. I have been endorsed by the Communication Workers of America, The Federation of Teachers, Texas Coalition of Black Democrats, Harris County Tejano Democrats, and Baptists Ministers Association of Houston and Vicinity. Also standing with me are Constable May Walker, State Representatives Garnet Coleman, Alma Allen, and Shawn Thierry, and Houston City Council Member Martha Castex-Tatum amongst numerous other leaders and community members.”

RACE FOR HARRIS COUNTY JUSTICE OF THE PEACE FOR PRECINCT 7, PLACE 2 FEATURING SHARON BURNEY AND “DC” CALDWELL

The comments published on this page are being published as part of our “2018 HARRIS COUNTY STRONG” series. In case you don’t know, our mission is to inform, empower and implore the readers of Houston Business Connections Newspaper© to become more actively involved in the electoral process. And it’s with this stated goal in mind that we’re endeavoring to assist our readers with the oftentimes daunting task of identifying the “BEST QUALIFIED” candidates who value every vote. So, consider this our “GOOD-FAITH EFFORT” to provide you with “OPEN-THOUGHTS” from key candidates appearing on the Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Midterm Election ballot in Harris County, Texas. MANY OF THESE COMMENTS WILL BE PUBLISHED AGAIN INSIDE OUR “2018 MIDTERM ELECTION GUIDE”!

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DaSean Jones is running for judge in order to set the conditions for Harris County to lead the nation in a more progressive direction with respect to Criminal Justice.

DaSean Jones wants to institute alternative sentencing initiatives that are not solely punitive, but rehabilitative. Although a quiet and reserved professional, DaSean has been afforded an incredibly interesting life experiences he uses to shape his perspective. DaSean believes that the people who make the life decisions for so many of Harris County's citizens either lack life experience or do not share in the same or similar experiences of the men and women who are punish on a daily basis. As a decorated U.S. Army combat veteran, DaSean has been faced with experiences and challenges that have broadened his mind. After living and working throughout the world as a military brat and then as an Army Officer, DaSean was lucky to share and learn about many different cultures and ideologies. In executing his duties as combat arms officer, it was always paramount that he lead his soldiers in a fair and balanced manner. Thus, he believes that the Judicial System should be fair and balanced. DaSean decided to run for Judge after witnessing first-hand how some judges do not disperse justice fairly across the board and seem close-minded and prejudiced towards some defendants and attorneys. Ready to tarnish their records or reputation. Yet, these same judges afford those who they are familiar with or more in line with financially better treatment and basic courtesies even moments after giving someone else "the benefit of the doubt." Financial status, connections, race, clothing and other variables should not come into play in regards to the administration of justice. This is not fair and needs to be stopped. DaSean does not believe that such conduct marches in step with the appropriate character of a judge in Harris County, Texas, or anywhere else in the United States. As a result, it is his opinion that the criminal justice system, which is very necessary and fundamental to law and order, is off track and that those who benefit from it generally turn a blind eye to its folly. DaSean was raised by his dad, a retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant and his mother, who passed away on Valentine's Day a few weeks after his return from his second tour in Iraq. DaSean has three siblings. Two of which are disabled veterans who served overseas. While in elementary school, DaSean visited Auschwitz, Anne Frank's house, and other key historical examples of social injustice and abuse of power. These experiences have helped mold him into the person he is today. After graduating from Tuskegee University, DaSean commissioned as an Army Field Artillery Officer, where he led soldiers from all walks of life and held the highest standards as an officer and a gentleman. After his mother's death on February 14, 2008, DaSean decided to pursue his life long dream of becoming a lawyer. As a senior Army Captain, he left a promising career, sold his house and the balance of his belongings in order to pursue his calling. He attended law school while working in the Army Reserves. Upon completing his degree, he started his own law practice. DaSean, his wife and two children now call Houston home.

Military Veteran. Father. Defense Attorney.

Prepared to Make Tough Decisions

As an undergraduate, DaSean Jones Tuskegee University where he was a member of Army ROTC. DaSean graduated from college and immediately commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He attended the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course and volunteered for his first duty station in Uijongbu, Korea, where he worked as a Multiple Launcher Rocket System Platoon Leader. The Army taught DaSean how to make tough, life changing decisions. He intends to leverage the lessons obtained from his experience as an Army combat arms officer to make tough decisions for the men and women of Harris County, Texas.

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“WHY I’M THE BEST CANDIDATE IN MY RACE.”

DYLAN OSBORNE: “I want to transform the Treasurer's office into a community asset that provides value to Harris County residents. I believe every elected official should use their soapbox to advocate for their communities and should work to make their community better. I plan to get out in the neighborhoods- at civic clubs, HOAs, Super Neighborhoods, etc.- to discuss the county budget and where our money goes. I want to partner with these groups, or other non-profits, to offer useful workshops, such as financial literacy classes for young people. County Treasurer is an administrative role that oversees a modest staff. Harris County residents deserve a civil servant in this position, not a career politician, and someone that will grow the role into something more useful than just cutting checks to vendors.”

RACE FOR HARRIS COUNTY TREASURER

LAUREN REEDER: “I am uniquely qualified to assume this bench as the next judge of the 234th Civil District Court. After graduating from Harvard Law School, I moved back home to Texas to begin my legal career at one of Houston’s largest and oldest law firms where I began to hone my skills as a civil litigator. During my time at that firm, as well as another large law firm and an elite litigation boutique, I worked on a variety of business and commercial litigation. However, in 2014 I heeded the call to public service and became an Assistant District Attorney in Harris County. I’ve spent nearly every day of the last five years in court as an advocate for the State of Texas, where I’ve not only seen first-hand the varying ways to run an efficient docket, but I’ve also refined my skills as a trial lawyer during a variety of jury trials ranging from Sexual assault to Aggravated robbery and more. I hope to continue this career as a public servant as the next elected judge of the 234th Civil District Court.”

RACE FOR DISTRICT JUDGE, 234TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

NATALI HURTADO: “I believe voters should cast their ballot for me because I possess the background both in my education and career choices that have equipped me for this position. I hold two degrees, psychology, and political science, from the University of Houston as well as a master in public policy and administration from the University of St. Thomas. I was an intern at the City of Houston, an intern in DC for Congressman Gene Green and a legislative staffer. I feel this experience has prepared me to best represent the voters in district 126.”

RACE FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE HOUSE DISTRICT 126

JUDGE BRENT GAMBLE: “For over 19 years it has been my privilege to serve the citizens of Harris County as Judge of the 270th Civil District Court. Prior to becoming a Judge, I was an active trial lawyer for 15 years. I am board certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. As Judge, I have consistently received high ratings for being prepared and treating people courteously. I have been efficient: the docket of active cases in the 270th Civil District Court is among the lowest in the Harris County civil courts. I work hard every day to ensure that litigants are treated fairly and that the law is applied equally in every case.”

RACE FOR DISTRICT JUDGE, 270TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT FRED INFORTUNIO: “I am for the common good of all Texans, County residents, and HD 130 residents. This takes precedence over any party politics. Ideological rhyme or reason positions that do not produce good outcomes for the people of Texas do not belong in the governance of our state. A holistic view of the conditions in the State is necessary to govern effectively to producing a prosperous and healthy citizenry. Neglecting, and subordinating differing parts of the population to benefit the wealthy destroys cohesion and prosperity.

The rhyme is that Texas is a business-friendly state, but a slew of irrational laws and philosophies, kill, injure or generally do not serve the residents must be changed. The denial of Medicaid funds, proper use of ESF to help flood injured residences and teachers, and the aggressive anti women's health actions by banning PP, describes a government that does not care about the people. The regressive/flat tax structure, school systems relying on real estate taxes with the state purposely reducing the share of the IDS' budgets from 50% to 34%, cripples the school systems. The tax giveaways to the corporations burdens the taxpayers. Attracting of business also depends upon attracting qualified people.”

RACE FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE, HOUSE DISTRICT #130

ATTORNEY SCOT DOLLINGER: “Voters should cast their ballot for me because I know down to my bones that everyone has a right to be treated fairly no matter what. I bring integrity, humility and superior qualifications to this open bench. Over the last 30 years of practicing civil trial law with 35+ trials and 10+ appeals, I have demonstrated a deep passion for fairness and a heart for the people. I profoundly understand the court house is not about Democrat or Republican. The court house is about resolving cases without bias, sympathy or prejudice. The court house is about who is right and who is wrong based on facts and evidence. The court house is about the truth. The court house is about justice for all, not justice for some. I'm asking for your vote. And thank you for your consideration. Your humble servant - dolli :-)

RACE FOR DISTRICT JUDGE, 189TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

The comments published on this page are being published as part of our “2018 HARRIS COUNTY STRONG” series. In case you don’t know, our mission is to inform, empower and implore the readers of Houston Business Connections Newspaper© to become more actively involved in the electoral process. And it’s with this stated goal in mind that we’re endeavoring to assist our readers with the oftentimes daunting task of identifying the “BEST QUALIFIED” candidates who value every vote. So, consider this our “GOOD-FAITH EFFORT” to provide you with “OPEN-THOUGHTS” from key candidates appearing on the Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Midterm Election ballot in Harris County, Texas. MANY OF THESE COMMENTS WILL BE PUBLISHED AGAIN INSIDE OUR “2018 MIDTERM ELECTION GUIDE”!

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Beau Miller

is fighting for fair access to the courts and a fair shake when you get there.

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eau Miller knows that when judges don’t do their jobs effectively every day, the wheels of justice grind to a halt — and grind down hard working people with limited resources who are just trying to get their day in court.

Beau is an accomplished attorney with deep experience in complex litigation and a track record of promoting diversity in the legal profession. He is the founder of a local nonprofit organization fighting to end the stigma of HIV. He is a former college band geek who stays involved with his alma mater to push for music and arts education. And Beau is a thoughtful leader who has won fights to protect vulnerable children from abuse at school in civil rights cases against Texas school districts. When other institutions fail us, Beau knows the courts must always be the one place that delivers justice.

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“I’m running for judge to make sure everyone has fair access to the courts and a fair shake when they get there. Please join our campaign!” — Beau Miller

EARLY VOTING BEGINS: Monday, October 22, 2018 EARLY VOTING ENDS: Friday, November 2, 2018

ELECTION DAY: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Cast Your Vote for Beau Miller on Election Day!

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Shannon Baldwin 2411 Emancipation Ave, Suite 202, Houston, Texas 77004

Shannon Baldwin has been practicing law for over 21 years. She is licensed to practice law in Georgia as well as Texas. She enjoyed a full service law firm in Atlanta, Georgia for four years before returning home to Texas. In Texas, Shannon opened her own successful law practice in 2003 and hasn’t looked back. Currently, she is a Partner at Baldwin Williams & Associates, PLLC. Presently, Shannon practices criminal defense. She is a former prosecutor, so she is well acquainted with both sides of criminal law. She has tried cases before a jury from the smallest traffic violations up to capital murder. As a candidate for judge, she is very experienced and prepared to make tough decisions while seeking justice. She will be firm yet compassionate. Shannon joined the U.S. Army Reserves on September 23, 1987. She was just 17 years old. She was a member of Reserve Officer Training Corps (R.O.T.C.) in high school as well as college. When she graduated from Sam Houston State University, she was commissioned as an officer, 2nd Lieutenant. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement and Police Science at Sam Houston State University. Shannon went on to graduate Cum Laude from John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, Georgia. Shannon is married and a foster parent. Essentially, Shannon has been a public servant for most of her life starting with serving her country at age 17. At 19, she joined a community service organization where serving the community was its primary goal. She was the Social Action Chair for many years educating, organizing and participating in all aspects of politics and social justice. For years she participated as a lobbyist in Washington D.C. through her organization. She has also been a Harris County deputy voter registrar and participated in several voter registration drives. Shannon has voted in EVERY election in Harris County since 2009! Shannon is running for Judge because she wants to restore faith in our justice system. Today our system is broken. Somehow, we’ve lost the original intent of our founding fathers.

SHANNON B. BALDWIN: “It will be my personal goal to bring dignity and diversity to the judicial bench. With your vote and support, I will serve you honorably.”

The U.S. Constitution gives EVERY citizen INALIENABLE rights! These rights are without condition. It seems some judges have forgotten that ALL CITIZENS are entitled to EVERYTHING the Constitution allows. Blatant disrespect for most accused citizens and some victims run rampant in the courthouse. The lack of respect and common courtesy for some citizens negatively affect them on a daily basis. Citizens are demeaned and humiliated unnecessarily. This cancer

within the courthouse has NOTHING to do with justice, it can only be connected with discrimination and bias. Citizens are often judged based on their race, lack of money, status or connections. This unfair behavior has to stop. “Fairness and justice are the norms for anyone wanting to be a judge. But I want to do more, it’s time we end the culture of blatant disrespect and lack of dignity coming from the bench. Every person, be it com-

plainant or accused citizen, that enters my court will know that their race, wealth or lack thereof, who they choose to love will have no bearing on their case. As I know it today, I am the only African American LGBT candidate running for judge in Harris County. And I welcome the responsibility that comes with that. As such, it will be my personal goal to bring dignity and diversity back to the judicial bench. With your vote and support, I will serve you honorably.” Shannon

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“As presiding Judge of Harris County Criminal Court No. 2, I will work to restore blind justice. Justice is rooted in the principles of accountability, fairness, and truthfulness. Let us restore the People’s Court by casting your vote for Ronnisha Bowman.”

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...Attention All Texans!

“I’M ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE!”

“WHY I’M THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR TEXAS.”

“Yes”

Vote to Elect Judge Maria T. Jackson! Early Voting Begins on Monday, October 22, 2018, and ends on Tuesday, November 2, 2018. Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

“Let’s make history together in the Lone Star State.”

— Judge Maria T. Jackson for Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 1

“A PROUD TEXAN!” HONEST FAIR TOUGH

Maria T. Jackson named “BEST CRIMINAL COURT JUDGE” by the Houston Press.

Help elect Judge Maria T. Jackson to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals - Place 1 Presiding Judge, by voting YES to elect her on November 6th, 2018. Or skip the lines and vote early starting October 22, 2018. Judge Jackson has been the presiding judge of the 339th State District Court since 2008. Judge Jackson is a great asset and public servant who rules her courtroom with compassion and professionalism. She has won numerous awards, performed countless hours of volunteer work, and has earned the trust and respect of many who call Houston home. She is a fair and impartial judge who has a genuine concern for the safety of police and every warm-blooded Texan. So let’s make history together in Texas by electing this FAIR, ACCOMPLISHED, TOUGH, AND HONEST JUDGE TO THE TEXAS COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS, PLACE 1 on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

"Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment." John 7:24

JUDGE MARIA T. JACKSON: “I am running for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Presiding Judge Place 1 because the Court needs new leadership and sensitivities based on the complex issues the Court must address. I have been a judge for 15 years now. Before becoming the presiding judge for the 339th Criminal District Court in Harris County, I was a Municipal Court Judge for 5 years. The 339th is a Felony Court, and I’ve faithfully served as the presiding judge over this court for 10 years. During this time, I’ve earned the reputation of being fair and impartial with everyone that appears before me. I’m humbled, appreciative and proud to report that I am respected on both sides of the aisle. And it’s worth noting that I was voted Houston Press Best Criminal Court Judge a few years ago. I won the 2018 Texas State Judicial Bar Poll over my opponent earlier this year. I’ve implemented sweeping changes in my Court for DWI probationers that are saving many lives. And these sweeping changes have been adopted by the Harris County Probation Department and many of my Colleagues. When elected as the presiding judge, I promise to work closely with my fellow colleagues on the court, the Texas Legislature, the Governor of our great state, and the community at-large to address issues that need addressing as it relates to reforming our Criminal Justice system. It is my belief, that I will be an asset to the Court because of my extensive experience as a trial judge, my compassion, my wisdom, and my diverse background. Furthermore, I believe all Texans deserve to have a stable and unbiased leadership on the highest Court of Criminal Appeals in our State. I am the stable even handed we need during times like these. I am Maria T. Jackson, I am asking for your vote, and I thank you in advance for your consideration.”

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EQUAL JUSTICE

Janice Berg is running as the Democratic nominee for Harris County’s 247th Family District Court because she believes that all families deserve equal justice. Most litigants who walk into a family courtroom do so at one of the hardest times of their lives. Whether they are seeking a divorce, protection of their children, or child support, all litigants deserve a humane courtroom where their case can be considered efficiently and fairly. About Janice

Janice received her bachelor’s decree from Columbia University in 2003 and her JD from the University of Houston Law Center in 2008. For nearly 10 years, Janice has represented Houston-area clients in all types of family cases not only at the trial level but also in the Courts of Appeals. In 2013, shortly after starting a solo practice, Janice argued successfully on behalf of a petitioner in the Texas Supreme Court. She has also argued in the First and Fourteenth Courts of Appeals. Raised by a single mother, Janice understands the impact that divorce can have on children. She believes that children need happy, healthy parents, not necessarily married parents. Janice also understands that families can be complicated; what works for one family may not work for another. These philosophies have guided Janice throughout the last decade as a practicing family law attorney. Now Janice is ready to serve the families of Harris County from the bench with these principles in mind. To date, Janice’s 2018 general election campaign has been endorsed by several bipartisan organizations including the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston, the GLBT Caucus, and the Texas Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation/AFL-CIO.

Janice is also committed to justice and equality outside of the courtroom. She has held leadership positions in the Anti-Defamation League’s Glass Leadership Institute and is a member of their Civil Rights Committee. She has traveled to Washington, DC to lobby on the ADL's behalf in support of increased voter protections and robust refugee programs. Her memberships also include the ACLU and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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Fair

Focused

Forward-Thinking

Sedrick T. Walker II Plans to Bring an Even-Keeled Approach to Harris County Criminal Court at Law #11 Bench When Elected on Tuesday, November 6, 2018

MEET SEDRICK T. WALKER II

www.sedrickforjudge.com EARLY VOTING BEGINS: Monday, October 22, 2018

After working tirelessly in the criminal courtrooms of Harris County for nearly ten years, Sedrick T. Walker is running to become your next judge of Harris County Criminal Court at Law No. 11. Sedrick will bring a reasonable and even-keeled approach to the bench and ensure that everyone entering the courtroom is treated with professionalism, dignity, and respect. A Houston native, Sedrick graduated with honors from Texas A&M University in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. While in college, he made the Dean’s List and was a recipient of the Texas A&M Political Science Excellence Scholarship. Sedrick also was a participant in the prestigious Ralph Bunche Summer Institute for emerging political science scholars at Duke University. In 2006, Sedrick began his legal education at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas. Sedrick's focus towards criminal law began as a student attorney with the law school's Criminal Defense Clinic. The defense clinic gave students the opportunity to represent Austin-area residents charged with misdemeanor offenses who could not afford an attorney under the supervision of experienced criminal defense attorneys. Sedrick also completed an internship with the Travis County District Attorney's Office where he assisted veteran felony prosecutors. After graduating from law school, Sedrick worked as a prosecutor at the Harris County District Attorney's Office from 2009 to 2012. During his time at the DA's office, Sedrick spent countless hours handling thousands of cases ranging from misdemeanors to 1st-degree felonies. His experience included working on every aspect of cases from the initial filing stage, gathering evidence, making grand jury presentations in felony cases, and ultimately the trial phase. As an Assistant DA, Sedrick was praised for his willingness to work long hours, fairness in negotiations with the defense bar, and a constant commitment to a prosecutor’s ultimate duty – to seek justice, not merely to convict. Sedrick opened a private law practice in 2013 that primarily focuses on criminal defense. Most of his practice is devoted to representing and fighting for people who cannot otherwise afford to hire counsel. As a defense attorney, Sedrick gained an even greater insight into the impact of the criminal justice system on the daily lives of those accused and their families. Although in many instances the system assesses criminal cases with an assembly-line approach, Sedrick is a strong advocate for individualized justice. He believes fairness and equity are more likely to be achieved with a case-by-case analysis of the facts and the background of the individual standing before the court. On too many occasions, people are brought in and out of court proceedings without receiving the attention they rightly deserve. Sedrick’s blend of legal experience and his infinite knowledge of the Harris County criminal court system makes him uniquely qualified to serve as Judge of County Criminal Court No. 11. He’s had a front-row seat for every major issue facing our criminal courts and will bring a fresh approach to a system in drastic need of change.

EARLY VOTING ENDS: Friday, November 2, 2018

ELECTION DAY: Tuesday, November 6, 2018

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QUALIFIED

EXPERIENCED

Sandra

FAIR

DEMOCRAT

For Judge, 257th

Family District Court “FAMILIES FIRST!”

EARLY VOTING BEGINS: Monday, October 22, 2018 EARLY VOTING ENDS: Friday, November 2, 2018 ELECTION DAY: Tuesday, November 6, 2018

SANDRA J. PEAKE: “I have practiced before these Courts for more than 30 years and am sensitive to the unique issues that arise in family law cases. I believe the citizens of Harris County deserve consistent application of law, courtesy and fairness. I am up to the challenge of ensuring judicial excellence by ruling decisively and with impartiality.”

ABOUT SANDRA

Professional Memberships: State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association, Houston Lawyers Association, The Family Law Group

Licenses: State Bar of Texas, U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Texas

Education: Doctor of Jurisprudence, University of Houston College of Law, B.S., University of Houston

Experience: 35 years private practice experience,certified mediator, past instructor, hearing examiner

Community: Blue Triangle Multi-Cultural Association, Delta Sigma Theta Public Service Sorority, Jack & Jill of America, Inc., Texas Spring Cypress Chapter, Links, Inc., volunteer and referral attorney

Personal and Family: Married to David G. Peake, two children, and one grandchild

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I'm Linda Marie Dunson, Judicial Candidate for the 309th Family District Court, Harris County, Texas. I BELIEVE In FAMILY & I Believe in AMERICA.

Education

• High School: Huntsville High School, Huntsville, Texas

• College: University of Houston - Central Major: Bachelor of Science (B.S. Double Major), Psychology/Sociology, magna cum laude

College Honors:

• Honors- Biology • Dean’s List • Internship, Northwest Assistance Ministries, Homeless Shelter • Law School: Texas Southern UniversityThurgood Marshall School of Law (2001), magna cum laude

Noteworthy Law School Achievements:

• Dean’s List • TMSL Law Review- Articles Editor • CALI Award – Legal Research and Writing • American Juris Prudence Award – Consumer Law • Student Bar Association Treasurer • Phi Delta Phi Legal Honors Society • Judicial Externship, Judge Greendyke, U.S. Southern District Bankruptcy Court (2000) • Judicial Externship, Judge Nancy Johnson, U.S. Southern District Court (2000)

Other College and Professional Degrees:

• University of Houston Law Center LL.M in Taxation (2009) • Research Interest: Taxation provisions which affects social benefits to the poor. • Masters Seminar: IRA Charitable Rollover and Supporting Organizations: Do Legislative Changes Provide Maximum Social Benefit

Certifications

• Basic Mediation Certification • Advance Family Law Mediation Certification • State Bar of Texas Evidence Academy • Texas Lawyers Care Trial Academy • TDCLA Trial Academy • Licensed U.S. Customs Broker (2014)

State Bars Admitted to:

309TH DISTRICT COURT

“I VALUE EVERY VOTE!” TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2018

Admitted to Practice: Supreme Court of Texas (2002); United States District Court, Southern District of Texas (2003); United States 5th Circuit Court Appeals (2003) Family Law Section State Bar of Texas

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS: LEADERSHIP

• Houston Lawyers Association, President 2007-2008 • Project Blueprint Leadership- Class XXIX

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS: SERVICE

• Children At Risk, Law Advisory Board Member • Jewish Community Center, Senior Companion • Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, Volunteer • Elder Law Committee/ AIDS Outreach Houston Bar Association • Law Practice Management Committee State Bar of Texas • Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Election Protection • Board Member Houston Lawyers Foundation • Community Referrals and Education Harris County Felony Mental Health Planning Commission • Volunteer Attorney Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program • Volunteer Attorney Texas Legal Answers


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Excellence in Law University of Texas School of Law Graduate

18-year civil trial experience in hundreds of cases, with multiple cases tried to jury verdict in Texas courts Promoted to Partner in 7.5 years at International law firm

American Bar Fellow, limited to 1% of licensed TX lawyers Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star every year from 2008 to 2014

2007 Outstanding Young Lawyer of the year, Houston Young Lawyers Assoc. *Only African-American in its history

Legacy of Service to the Community

Texas Executive Women, mentoring & scholarship program for high school girls - 2018 President Houston Lawyers Association (HLA) - Past President

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Houston - Former Board Member

Communities-In-Schools, Drop Out Prevention Program - Past Mentor 2014 Hainsworth Outstanding Service Award, HLA

Despite Harvey flooding of home, donated clothing/shoes to professional women & provided free office for displaced attorney

HERE’S A FEW OF MY KEY ENDORSEMENT: Houston Chronicle Harris County Labor Assembly AFL CIO (COPE) *DUAL Harris County Chapter, Texas Coalition of Black Democrats Our Revolution Houston Black American Democrats Harris County Tejano Democrats Texas Progressive Council Clear Lake And Webster Bar Association Area 5 Democrats *DUAL Bay Area New Democrats *DUAL

Works Hard for Justice

Provided over 1700 hours of free legal services 2017 Harris County Bench Bar Pro Bono Award-Small Firm

Election Protection Legal Volunteer for past 13 years

Founder/Member, Houston Diversity Report Card on Law Firm since 2007

Coordinated HLA legal team brief to TX Supreme Court re African-American woman denied right to serve on jury

Fun Facts

400 Meter Hurdles College Track Conference Champion and current volunteer youth hurdles coach Raised in Acres Homes and Cypress, Harris County, Texas Mom of three amazing kids


Cassandra

HOLLEMON for Judge

HARRIS COUNTY CRIMINAL COURT AT LAW #12

“Standing for Fair, Equal and Unbiased Justice for ALL.” ABOUT ME...

WHY I’M RUNNING...

I am an Attorney licensed in Texas

Fair Treatment for the Mentally Challenged

Texas Southern University -Elementary Education (Attended)

Ruling without Prejudice and Bias

I have been practicing law for over 22 years Houston Community College - Legal Assistant Technology - (AAS)

University of St. Thomas - Legal Studies - (BA)

South Texas College of Law - (JD) 1994

Seeking Truth Regardless of Ones Job or Title

Alternative Sentencing Terms that are Manageable and Purposeful

I am an Advocate for Fairness in the jury selection process

Adhere to the Laws of the United States and the State of Texas

DEMOCRATIC JUDICIAL CANDIDATE FOR HARRIS COUNTY CRIMINAL COURT AT LAW #12

Cassandra

HOLLEMON

EARLY VOTING BEGINS:

Monday, October 22, 2018

EARLY VOTING ENDS:

Friday, November 2, 2018

hollemonforjudge@gmail.com ELECTION DAY VOTING:

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

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“VOTE FINCH TO THE BENCH” Attorney Toria J. Finch is “PROUDLY’ endorsed by:

Texas Coalition of Black Democrats Baptist Ministers Association of Houston and Vicinity Tejano Democrats Area 5 Democrats

Toria J. Finch

FOR JUDGE OF HARRIS COUNTY CRIMINAL COURT AT LAW NO. 9

Attorney Toria J. Finch is Board Certified in Juvenile Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization 11 (+) Plus Years of Experience in Criminal Law Former Harris County Felony Prosecutor Experienced Trial Lawyer Former Juvenile Public Defender Former Harris County Misdemeanor Court Chief

ELECTION DAY: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2018

VOTE EARLY: October 22nd - November 2, 2018

QUESTION: Why should YOU VOTE for Judicial Democratic Candidate Toria J. Finch on November 6th? ANSWER: A Vote for Toria J. Finch is a Vote For:

(T) = Truth

(J) = Justice

(F) = Fairness

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...Harris County, Texas

HARRIS COUNTY STRONG

“WHY I’M THE BEST CANDIDATE IN MY RACE.”

FORMER JUDGE LEUCHTAG: “As the former Judge in Harris County Court at Law #1, I have demonstrated that I was the people's judge inside and outside the courtroom. I have a proven track record of fairness and excellence, making sure that EVERYONE gets due process and a fair hearing in court. If elected this November, I will continue to work for Justice both inside the courtroom and in the community.”

JUDGE BRAD HART: “My entire 21-year career has been dedicated solely to criminal justice and the integrity of the system. I have handled every type of case that routinely comes before a felony court, including Capital Murder. As a judge, I have maintained one of the most efficiently run courts in Harris County. The efficiency of my docket allowed for our court to have minimal disruption during Hurricane Harvey and to continue working as before the disaster. We were the first felony court to resume jury trials post-Harvey, leading the way for other courts. I am extremely proud of my Change Through Intervention Docket, helping people turn their lives around. I serve as the lead judge in implementing technology in the courts. Post-Harvey, I was named the first-ever judicial liaison to the Harris County criminal defense bar. I was also named Judge of the Year by the Texas Gang Investigators Association. The legal community routinely rates me as one of the best judges in their Bar Polls. My work, my experience and my commitment to fairness, following the law and improving the system make me the most qualified choice for this court. I hope the voters will allow me to continue my work.”

RACE FOR DISTRICT JUDGE, 230TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

RACE FOR JUDGE, HARRIS COUNTY CIVIL COURT AT LAW #1

JUDGE GEORGE BARNSTONE: “Voters should vote for me instead of my opponent because I treat litigants compassionately and fairly. For example, Harris County Civil Court at Law Number 1 hears many eviction judgment appeals from J.P. Court. Instead of simply processing the cases, and signing eviction judgments with no regard for the litigants’ circumstances, I suggest that the tenant move out within 7 days, and pay any missing rent while s/he lived in the apartment. No late fees, fines, interest or legal fees; just rent while they lived in the apartment. I’m not trying to provide free housing. I’m leveling the playing field by being fair. If the tenant has an eviction judgment on their record, their credit is destroyed for 7 years, and

they won’t be able to rent an apartment for many years because by signing the standard rental application, the prospective tenant authorizes that prospective landlord to research their rental history. If there is an eviction judgment on their record, no landlord will lease to them. This court also hears many credit card cases. Instead of signing judgments with no regard to how it affects people’s lives, I strongly encourage lenders to work with borrowers to set up payment plans that both sides can live with.”

JUDGE DAN HINDE: “I believe voters will recognize that I bring the most experience, excellence, and leadership to the 269th District Court. Starting with experience, I have served as the Judge of the 269th District Court for nearly 10 years, handling about 15,000 cases, so I have unmatched experience as a judge conducting trials, managing a heavy docket, and administering justice. I have tried over 280 cases, including discrimination claims, catastrophic injuries, complex commercial matters, and per-

sonal injury disputes. Adding to this unmatched experience, I bring the highest excellence. I am the only candidate in this race who is Board Certified. Additionally, parties have rarely appealed my decisions—only about 1.4% of cases. More importantly, the error rate is tiny—only about 12% of the appealed decisions (compared to 33% for all local courts). With this experience and excellence, I bring leadership to the courts. The judges of Texas elected me to the Board of Directors of the Texas Center for the Judiciary, which handles judicial education for all state judges. Locally, I chair the judges’ jury committee, which oversees the jury system for 85 courts in Harris County. As chair, I led the courts’ efforts to restore the jury system after Hurricane Harvey wiped out our existing jury facilities. Working almost from scratch, we reorganized and reconfigured our jury system to ensure that the local courts could try cases again, and we did so in just 7 weeks.”

RACE FOR DISTRICT JUDGE, 269TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

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ELECTION DAY: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2018 EARLY VOTING BEGINS: OCTOBER 22ND 2018

EARLY VOTING ENDS: NOVEMBER 2ND 2018

LET’S KEEP JUDGE GEORGE BARNSTONE! George Barnstone is the judge at Harris County Civil Court at Law No. 1. Judge Barnstone treats every litigant with respect and dignity. Evictions from Justice of the Peace Courts are the largest part of his docket. Instead of simply processing cases and evicting tenants, Judge Barnstone encourages tenants to voluntarily move out and to pay any missing rent. In doing so, tenants avoid an eviction judgment, which destroys their credit for seven years and limits their ability to rent in Harris County. Lease applications customarily contain a paragraph authorizing the prospective landlord to research potential tenants’ rental history. Landlords won’t lease to people with eviction judgments. Judge George Barnstone also hears debt collection cases. Rather than burdening consumers with unrealistic payments, Judge Barnstone strongly encourages creditors to work with debtors on realistic payment plans.

VENUE AND JURISDICTION

George Barnstone

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A county civil court at law in Harris County has jurisdiction over all civil matters and causes, original and appellate, prescribed by law for county courts, but does not have the jurisdiction of a probate court. A county civil court at law has jurisdiction in appeals of civil cases from justice courts in Harris County; exclusive jurisdiction in Harris County of eminent domain proceedings, both statutory and inverse, regardless of the amount in controversy. In addition to other jurisdiction provided by law, a county civil court at law has jurisdiction to: 1. decide the issue of title to real or personal property; 2. hear a suit to recover damages for slander or defamation of character; 3. hear a suit for the enforcement of a lien on real property; 4. hear a suit for the forfeiture of a corporate charter; 5. hear a suit for the trial of the right to property valued at $200 or more that has been levied on under a writ of execution, sequestration, or attachment; and 6. hear a suit for the recovery of real property.

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...Harris County, Texas

HARRIS COUNTY STRONG

“WHY I’M THE BEST CANDIDATE IN MY RACE.”

ATTORNEY SOPHIA MAFRIGE: “I am asking for your vote to become the Judge of Harris County Civil Court at Law #4. I have the broadest range and length of legal experience in my race. I was formally sworn into the State Bar in November 1988. I became a certified mediator in July 2002. I have spent the past 30 years litigating hundreds of cases. I have conducted trials to judges and juries. I have represented Plaintiffs and Defendants in many areas of law which will be before this Court including real estate, personal injury, business litigation, and contract law. I have served as a Commissioner in eminent domain proceedings and as guardian ad litem in civil cases. I have handled transactional matters and represented property owners in appraisal district protests and subsequent litigation. In 2006, I obtained my real estate salesperson license. I have served in a quasi-judicial role as Chairman/Commissioner of the City of Houston’s Police Officers Civil Service Commission since 2008, hearing appeals filed by police officers from disciplinary actions. I am active in the local community and dedicated to community service. My broad legal experience demonstrates fairness and impartiality. I am prepared to serve on this bench.”

RACE FOR DISTRICT JUDGE, 113TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

JUDGE MICHAEL LANDRUM: “I am honored to be the incumbent judge, and I have the best qualifications and most experience to continue serving as judge of the 113th District Court. I do more than just hear cases; I believe that service to the greater community is important, too. During my five years as judge of this court, I have been consistently rated among the best judges by the legal community in Harris County for competency, hard work, and fairness. I have earned two board certifications from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization - in the fields of Civil Trial Law and Civil Appellate Law. Before being sworn in as judge, I dedicated my 40-plus year legal career to representing businesses and business people in matters involving a wide variety of transactional, litigation and appellate matters. I also decided hundreds of cases as master of the Harris County tax court, and as an arbitrator. In addition to my official duties, I teach a class about American courts at Houston Baptist University, serve as judicial liaison to the Houston Young Lawyers Association, lecture in continuing legal education programs, judge student mock trial and moot court competitions, and I remain active in Houston Bar Association activities.”

RACE FOR JUDGE, COUNTY CIVIL DISTRICT COURT AT LAW #4

ATTORNEY LEAH SHAPIRO: “Voters should cast their ballot for me because it is time for change at the Harris County Juvenile Justice Center. I will bring the experience and perspective of someone who has represented victims and the accused—first as an Assistant District Attorney and today as a public defender. During that time, I have witnessed a dangerous trend away from the rehabilitation of local youth and toward more punitive practices. That trend needs to be reversed. That’s why, with the help of the Juvenile Board and other stakeholders, I will prioritize funding for mental health and diversion programs in order to help divert youth who would be better served by counseling, treatment, or other programs, which studies show bring greater benefits to youth, their families, and our communities. Equal and fair treatment are paramount. That’s why I also intend to improve the legal representation in both delinquency and child custody matters and the overall operations of the 315th District Court. I will evaluate the appointment system for attorneys to ensure the process is properly implemented, fair, and just. When voters go to the ballot box on November 6th and cast their vote for me, they will know theirs is a vote for progress and reform.”

RACE FOR DISTRICT JUDGE, 315TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

FORMER JUDGE RENEE MAGEE: “Because Qualifications matter! I have three times the number of years practicing criminal law. I have four years of judicial experience when my opponent has none. I have over 200 jury trials where I sat first-chair or presided as a judge. The vast majority of the trials are serious cases of murder, robbery, sexual assault, and cases involving serious injury. I have supervised an entire court and prosecutors on numerous occasions. My opponent has very little, if any, of this experience. I am an Olympic Swimmer, an All-American swimmer and a hall of fame member. This experience shows my work ethic, discipline, and dedication to excellence. I will follow the rule of law and provide expediency and experience to the court.”

RACE FOR DISTRICT JUDGE, 184TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

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The Bill of Rights - Proposed in 1789 and enacted on December 15, 1791

FREEDOM...AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

Judge Wright

Gov. Greg Abbott

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue to earn your trust and support as Judge of Harris County Probate Court No. 1” -- JUDGE LOYD WRIGHT

LOYD WRIGHT

-JUDGE HARRIS COUNTY PROBATE COURT #1

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1st Amendment: Protects the people's right to practice religion, to speak freely, to assemble (meet), to address the government and of the press to publish. 2nd Amendment: Protects the right to own guns. 3rd Amendment: Guarantees that the army cannot force homeowners to give them room and board. 4th Amendment: Protects the people from the government improperly taking property, papers, or people, without a valid warrant based on probable cause (good reason). 5th Amendment: Protects people from being held for committing a crime unless they are properly indicted, that they may not be tried twice for the same crime, and that you need not be forced to testify against yourself. It also contains due process guarantees. 6th Amendment: Guarantees a speedy trial, an impartial jury, and that the accused can confront witnesses against them, and that the accused must be allowed to have a lawyer. 7th Amendment: Guarantees a jury trial in federal civil court cases. This type of case is normally no longer heard in federal court. 8th Amendment: Guarantees that punishments will be fair, and not cruel, and that extraordinarily large fines will not be set. 9th Amendment: Simply a statement that other rights aside from those listed may exist, and just because they are not listed doesn't mean they can be violated. 10th Amendment: Says that any power not granted to the federal government belongs to the states.

Amendments passed once the Constitution was adopted.

11th Amendment - Enacted on February 7, 1795 — Says how someone from one state can sue another state. 12th Amendment - Enacted on June 15, 1804 — Redefines how the President and VicePresident are chosen by the Electoral College. 13th Amendment - Enacted on December 6, 1865 — Abolished slavery in the entire United States. 14th Amendment - Enacted on July 9, 1868 — People had rights on the federal level and on the state level, too. Dealt with civil war items. 15th Amendment - Enacted on February 3, 1870 — Ensured that a person’s race could not be used as criteria for voting. 16th Amendment - Enacted on February 3, 1913 — Authorizes the United States to collect income taxes. 17th Amendment - Enacted on April 8, 1913 — Shifted the choosing of Senators from the state legislatures to the people of the states. 18th Amendment - Enacted on January 16, 1919 — Abolished the sale or manufacture of alcohol in the United States. 19th Amendment - Enacted on August 18, 1920 — Ensures that sex could not be used as a criteria for voting. 20th Amendment - Enacted on January 23, 1933 — Set new start dates for the terms of the Congress and the President. 21st Amendment - Enacted on December 5, 1933 — Repealed the 18th Amendment. 22nd Amendment - Enacted on February 27, 1951 — Set a limit on the number of times a President could be elected - two four-year terms. 23rd Amendment - Enacted on March 29, 1961 — Grants the Washington D.C. the right to three electors in Presidential elections. 24th Amendment - Enacted on January 23, 1964 — Ensured that no tax could be charged to vote for any federal office. 25th Amendment - Enacted on February 10, 1967 — Establishes rules for a President who becomes unable to perform his duties while in office. 26th Amendment - Enacted on July 1, 1971 — Ensures that any person 18 or over may vote. 27th Amendment - Enacted on May 7, 1992 — Any law that increased the pay of legislators may not take effect until after an election.


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The Most Contested Texas Campaigns in Decades are Upon Us Says Burt Levine

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BURT LEVINE REPORTS©

Labor Day, the first Monday in September has traditionally been, not only a last beach or pool weekend on most calendars; but is an official kick-off for many for the Tuesday, November 6, 2018 fall General Elections across the United States -- and especially across Harris and Fort Bend County, Texas. And this year is no exception, with Texas featuring the most competitive contests in decades for mid-term election races. Early voting begins Monday, October 22 and will last through Friday, November 2. The last day to register to vote is Friday, October 7 for those recently turned 18, are not registered to vote, or who have moved since the last election. The first races each even year are always the federal races that top the ballot. This year the premier political contest across all of Texas is Texas’ Junior U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Houston) working to win his second six-year term, having just two years ago fought against, now President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination for President. Cruz’ challenger, El Paso third-term U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, is the most highly motivated statewide Democrat to run anywhere across Texas in the last 20 years. His black-and-white “Whataburger Spicy Ketchup” Beto for Senate signs are everywhere in every community and he has raised over $10 million to compete against Cruz. Both are under 48, married with young children and have enthusiastic support across Texas. John Culberson, an 18-year-incumbent Congressman from west Houston is in the fight of his life against Democratic Party Planned Parenthood Attorney Lizzie Pannill Fletcher for Texas’ Congress District 7 seat which is being reported nationally as the most competitive congressional contest in the south, and one of the top races to watch across the country. Other U.S. House races to watch include retired U.S. Navy SEAL Lt. Commander Dan Crenshaw running as the Republican nominee to succeed retiring Ted Poe. Lt. Dan Crenshaw is being challenged by Democrat Todd Litton in Texas’ CD2. African American educator Adrienne Bell is challenging incumbent Republican Randy Webber for Texas’ CD14. Indian American and former Foreign Service Officer Sri Preston Kulkarni are challenging incumbent Republican Pete Olson for Texas' CD22. Jewish businessman Republican Phil Aronoff is challenging Texas State Senator Sylvia Garcia for the seat incumbent Democrat Gene Green is retiring from in CD29 following 26-years in office. And Democrat radio icon Dayna Steele is challenging Republican Dr.

Brian Babin for his Texas CD36. African American Democrat incumbent Congressman Al Green is unopposed for Texas CD9, and Democrat Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, following 24 years in office faces Republican Ava Reynero Pate for Texas’ CD18. Governor Greg Abbott is being challenged by Democrat former Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez who brags about the fact that (if elected) she’d not only be the first Democrat in 24 years to be elected statewide, but she would also be the first Latina and Lesbian elected statewide in Texas. However, at this time, Abbott enjoys a commanding lead in polls and in money being

raised. But keep a close eye on being challenged by U.S. Air the races for Lieutenant GoverForce Col (ret) Kim Olson, a fornor between Lt. Gov. Dan mer Weatherford ISD Trustee. Patrick and Democrat CPA Harris County Criminal District Mike Collier, and the race for Court Judge Maria Jackson, reAttorney General between inspected across Texas for her comcumbent Republican Ken Paxmitment to law, competence, and ton and Democrat Justin character, is running for Presiding Nelson. Both these races could Judge of the Court of Criminal Apbe within striking distance acBurt Levine peals. If she prevails, Jackson cording to summer polls. would be Texas’ only African AmerTexas Land Commisican elected statewide, and the first sioner, incumbent Republican George P. elected to this bench, which is the highest Bush is being challenged by Democrat En- court for criminal appeals in the State of ergy Attorney Miguel Suazo and Texas Texas – and has the last say in all Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is death penalty cases.

BURT LEVINE: “My wife Sandra and I are WORKING HARD to get Senator Ted Cruz re-elected on Tues., November 6, 2018.”

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Meet William “Bill” McLeod – 2018 Candidate for Harris County Civil Court at Law No. 4

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM PRECINCT GROUND GAME #7 2950 Unity Drive #571012, Houston, Texas 77257 Direct-line: (281)788-8110 www.mcleodforjustice.com Join in & Follow www.facebook.com/mcleodforjustice

William “Bill” McLeod was sworn in by the Supreme Court of Texas on the 3rd day of May 2002. He has been practicing law and serving the community for over ten years in Harris County and surrounding counties. Bill has served his clients in all different courts from municipal, precinct, county at law, civil district, family district, state and federal, and the appellate courts. In Harris County alone, To date, he has represented clients in over 450 cases, this is an average of over thirty cases a year. Bill Graduated from; *Texas A&M University-College Station with a Business Degree in Management; ** Texas A&M University-Commerce with a Masters in Science Counseling & Guidance; *** Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law class of 2001 wherein Bill was awarded his J.D. - Doctor of Jurisprudence. Bill started out his practice of law and service to the community under the guidance of a long-time, successful, sole practitioner who focused on the care of each and every client. After some time learning from this gentleman, Bill moved on to a small firm under the wings of two outstanding and accomplished lawyers. This journey helped train Bill into the sole practitioner he is today working with a variety of clients, including small businesses. Bill is passionate about the judicial system and serving to protect those who cannot protect themselves. Over the past ten years, Bill has served as a court-appointed Attorney Ad Litem and Guardian Ad Litem.

Attorney Ad Litems help to preserve the rights of heirs and unknown heirs to real property. Guardian Ad Litems help to preserve the rights of incompetent or minor parties to a lawsuit. Bill knows of many attorneys and individuals that have appeared in the County Civil Court-at-Law No. 4 (201 Caroline, 5th floor, Houston Texas 77002) and has heard the stories about the courtroom inefficiencies and lack of care given to the individual cases before the court. The lack of due process that should be afforded every citizen is frustrating to the attorneys, their clients, and the Pro-Se litigants that approach the bench. County Civil Court-atLaw No. 4 does not meet the needs of the citizens that go before it. As the Houston Chronicle stated in their 2014 endorsements, “Harris County civil courts at law need judges who can show patience and compassion.” The Chronicle referred to the current judge as having “a reputation for being hard to work with on the bench. When you're a judge, it's not just about being right, but about how you manage your courtroom.” Bill feels that there are multiple ways to improve the court’s operation and service to the County. As a call to action, and as an advocate for Harris County, Bill is running for Judge for the administration of justice safeguarded from arbitrary rulings. Due process, fairness and service will be brought back to this court. As your Judge, I will work hard for the multitude of individuals that appear before the court. IT IS TIME TO MAKE A CHANGE FOR THE BETTERMENT OF THE COMMUNITY.

Fred Rhondes, William Bill McLeod, and Bebe Burns at The Harris County Democratic Party’s Precinct Ground Game #7

Vote William “Bill” McLeod for Judge, County Civil Court-at-Law No. 4.

Pol. Adv by William “Bill” McLeod, Kirina McNamara. In compliance with the voluntary limits of Judicial Campaign Fairness Act.

William Bill McLeod, Stricen Hollemon, and Brandy Hollemon at The Harris County Democratic Party’s Precinct Ground Game #7

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The PGG Event # 9 is going down at The Carl Walker JR. Multi-Service Center.on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 8 AM – 3 PM at 4300 Noble Street, Houston, Texas 77020

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Mayor Owen is Endorsed by Congressman Al Green, and Congressman Pete Olson

VOTE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2018 Congressman Al Green has endorsed Mayor Allen Owen in Missouri City’s Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Mayoral Election.

Mayor Owen is endorsed by Congressman Pete Olson in Missouri City’s Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Mayoral Election.

Mayor Owen is endorsed by Political Analyst Jacquie Baly in Missouri City’s November 6, 2018 Mayoral Election.

SUSAN SOTO IS ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE IN THE RACE FOR MISSOURI CITY — CITY COUNCIL AT-LARGE POSITION #2

PAID POLITICAL AD BY SUSAN SOTO FOR MISSOURI CITY - CITY COUNCIL CAMPAIGN

Nine Reasons Why Susan Is the Best-qualified Candidate for City Council At-Large Position #2

1. Seventeen years of experience working in governmental entities (Texas public school districts) 2. Award-winning attorney representing parents, students & teachers against schools & school districts 3. Active in Missouri City: member of the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee & TIRZ Board #1 4. Self-employed small business owner with a flexible schedule, allowing her to be available to constituents & stakeholders in Missouri City, Texas 5. President of the Thunderbird North Community Association

6. Member of the city’s oldest civic club, the Woman's Club of Missouri City, which awards scholarships to Missouri City high school seniors annually 7. Service-minded, Susan & her husband are members of the Stafford-Missouri City Lions Club (Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service organization) 8. Bilingual in Spanish & able to communicate with a wider sampling of Missouri City residents 9. Not afraid to speak up in order to right a wrong, Susan is one of the attorneys who sued FBISD & Fort Bend County regarding unethical and unconstitutional truancy practices, giving a voice to families in our community Don’t forget to cast your vote for Susan Soto!

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Early voting begins on Monday, October 22, 2018, and ends on Friday, November 2, 2018.

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A Letter to All Houstonians from Dr. Kendall L. Baker HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS NEWSPAPER© THE CITY OF HOUSTON ELECTION WILL TAKE PLACE ON NOVEMBER 5, 2019

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My Fellow Houstonians:

I need you all to know that as for me, the task of leading the City of Houston is easy. I’ve been managing the City since I was a teenager. However, as Mayor, having such experience gives me more time and authority to focus on the specific needs of the City to include solving the Fire Department’s pay issues within my first month back on the job, making sure that theirs and HPD’s

listening to and keeping our children and young adults actively engaged in municipal and community organizing processes, listening to and improving the quality of life for our senior citizens, listening to and helping our single mothers, listening to and mentoring our future leaders, staying alert and prepared for future hurricanes, flooding, and all other weather related emergencies, staying alert and prepared in the event of terrorism and active shootings, asking all ministers and those who wish to assist me

ing problems before Election Day, so forth and so on. As a Forest Brook Senior High School graduate raised in Houston’s Fountaine subdivision, a conservative, a pastor, father, and businessman, it is a great honor and privilege to continue to serve the City of my origin; the same in which I served as a faithful employee for nearly three decades. I often laugh as I tell people that "I grew up at the City." I love the Lord, I love people and I love to serve people. I was born to be a public servant. Hence, the Lord has

salaries are matching the national pay standards as well as providing additional performance-based pay and ensuring that a fair promotion system is in place. Also seeing that Houston gets and manages our fair share of the recently approved $41 billion dollars to resolve our obvious flooding problems before another disaster hits, taking an analytic and common sense approach to the remaining City departments making sure that tax payers are getting their greatest gain for their precious dollars, reducing crime by increasing law enforcement and allowing more proactive community involvement by police and citizens,

by participating in weekly prayer and bible study at City Hall and all around Houston, help the homeless get their lives back on track, stopping all wasteful spending by the City of Houston, ensuring that all council members have real power to make the right choices for their constituents, ensuring that we avoid a tax increase at all cost, ending our trash problems permanently, improve the overall customer service and response times once and for all, maintaining and creating more green space, assisting our school systems to become the best in the nation, ensuring efficient public transportation, repairing potholes and solv-

called me back to be the leader of the greatest and most diverse city on the planet; Houston, Texas. I'm ready to make a Real Greater Houston. Thank you in advance for the opportunity to serve as your next Mayor. Bishop Dr. Kendall Baker. Join the movement at bakerforhouston.com

“As a Forest Brook Senior High School graduate raised in Houston’s Fountaine subdivision, a conservative, a pastor, father, and businessman, it is a great honor and privilege to continue to serve the City of my origin; the same in which I served as a faithful employee for nearly three decades.” - BISHOP DR. KENDALL L. BAKER

Dr. Kendall L. Baker 2019 City of Houston Mayoral Candidate

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LET’S KEEP HARRIS COUNTY STRONG!

“RE-ELECT CHRIS DANIEL ON NOV. 6, 2018.” Technology and Engineering Foresight saved the day during Harvey.

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HARVEY…

By Chris Daniel Harris County District Clerk

Technology and Engineering Foresight saved the day during Harvey. Lead by an always prepared Eagle Scout, the District Clerk’s office used technology to keep itself afloat and to avoid major shutdowns from Hurricane Harvey. The website, databases, and electronic clerk filing systems never went down, and our office was physically up and running within days of the storm passing.

In the days leading up to Harvey, we began our disaster plan protocols. We moved our water proof equipment boxes into the juvenile justice building (JJC) and set up intake/ emergency court—much like we had during the Tax Day & Memorial Day flood events. We held our high level meetings to coordinate clearing the jail & jail docket, and to run through emergency assignments, including testing our employee emergency contact programs through the blackboard network.

Even though the rain came faster than expected, we immediately coordinated rescue efforts using our blackboard system and our networks with law enforcement. This included welfare checks on employees and judges. Despite his own mother losing everything to 5 feet of water in Friendswood (and also needing rescue), the district clerk maintained composure and continued focusing on the people of Harris County. This included emergency coordination of the shutdown of the entire justice system and especially all jury duty notices—so that no one needlessly braved the waters to come to jury or court. Through the ebb and flow of the storm, while it gave a breather to Houston as it swung back out into the Gulf, the entire office began coordinating relief efforts for affected employees and for Harris County. This included relaying official needs lists for donations to the various rescue agencies involved, and coordinating volunteers to the various shelters. This also included but was not limited to becoming a source point of information for help, rescue, volunteer opportunities, donations, and general storm information. (We turned the offices’ normal communication and social media lines into a relay point for our region). Simultaneously, through coordinated efforts of the judges, and though the flood event was not yet over, we began the planning for setting up temporary spaces for our courts, the DA office & court related office spaces, as well as reconstituting a jury space for jury duty. Once the storm passed, the office

began the cleanup of our flooded spaces, our flood homes, and the participation of countywide volunteering to aid victims. These efforts included coordinating BBQ meals to all first responders, court staff, etc. downtown. After assessing which buildings were still functioning, we officially reopened the court system in the Civil and Family Law buildings, and within a few weeks had jury back up and running in the Commissioner’s Court Administration Building. Though many functions of Harris County went down because of Harvey, our essential electronic online filing system never went down. We lost not a single record and all backup systems performed perfectly. Through our past flood experiences and through the foresight of our offices’ conversion of our functions from paper-based systems to electronic courts, we weathered the storm better than most and were fully operational within days of the storm’s passing, despite losing four out of seven buildings.

CHRIS DANIEL Harris County District Clerk

CHRIS IS THE BEST CHOICE

In case you don’t know, hurricane season started on June 1, 2018 and won’t end until Friday, November 30, 2018 – a days after “THANKSGIVING” and a few weeks after Harris County voters (like you) will have gone to the polls to select our Harris County District Clerk. It is our belief that Chris Daniel has done an excellent job and has a proven track-record during the difficult times we’ve faced together. So, to this end, please consider reelecting Chris Daniel in the race for Harris County District Clerk on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 when you go to the polls to vote! And if you are unsure why you should cast your vote for Chris Daniel, please take a look at how he performed in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and we’re sure that you’ll agree that CHRIS IS THE BEST CHOICE!

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