The Harris County Republican Party Has Sixty-Eight Key Judicial Candidates for November 8, 2022

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CHIEF JUSTICE, 1ST COURT OF APPEALS

- TERRY ADAMS

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1ST COURT OF APPEALS DISTRICT, PLACE 4

- APRIL FARRIS

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14TH COURT OF APPEALS DISTRICT, PLACE 2

- KEVIN JEWELL

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14TH COURT OF APPEALS DISTRICT, PLACE 9

- RANDY WILSON

DISTRICT JUDGE, 55TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

- NILE COPELAND

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DISTRICT JUDGE, 113TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

- NATHAN J. MILLIRON

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DISTRICT JUDGE, 157TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

- SONYA L. ASTON

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DISTRICT JUDGE, 180TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

- TAMI C. PIERCE


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DISTRICT JUDGE, 182ND JUDICIAL DISTRICT

- ROBERT H. JACKSON

DISTRICT JUDGE, 232ND JUDICIAL DISTRICT

DISTRICT JUDGE, 245TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

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DISTRICT JUDGE, 183RD JUDICIAL DISTRICT

DISTRICT JUDGE, 234TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

DISTRICT JUDGE, 246TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

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DISTRICT JUDGE, 184TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

DISTRICT JUDGE, 248TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

DISTRICT JUDGE, 247TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

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DISTRICT JUDGE, 185TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

DISTRICT JUDGE, 262ND JUDICIAL DISTRICT

DISTRICT JUDGE, 257TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

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- TONYA MCLAUGHLIN

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DISTRICT JUDGE, 189TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

DISTRICT JUDGE, 263RD JUDICIAL DISTRICT

DISTRICT JUDGE, 280TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

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DISTRICT JUDGE, 190TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

DISTRICT JUDGE, 269TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

DISTRICT JUDGE, 308TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

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DISTRICT JUDGE, 208TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

DISTRICT JUDGE, 270TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

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- MICHAEL LANDRUM

DISTRICT JUDGE, 309TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

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DISTRICT JUDGE, 209TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

DISTRICT JUDGE, 281ST JUDICIAL DISTRICT

DISTRICT JUDGE, 310TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

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DISTRICT JUDGE, 228TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

DISTRICT JUDGE, 295TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

DISTRICT JUDGE, 311TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

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DISTRICT JUDGE, 230TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

DISTRICT JUDGE, 482ND JUDICIAL DISTRICT

DISTRICT JUDGE, 312TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

- KRISTIN M. GUINEY

- LORI DEANGELO

- CHRIS CARMONA

- ERIN ELIZABETH LUNCEFORD

- FRED SHUCHART

- HEATHER HUDSON

- KEVIN FULTON

- ANDY TAYLOR

- BRAD HART

- JOSHUA NORMAND

- MICHAEL WEST

- JULIAN RAMIREZ

- AMBER COX

- BRUCE BAIN

- MICHELLE FRAGA

- MALCOLM WHITTAKER

- MARITZA ANTU

- DANIEL LEMKUIL

- CHARLEY PRINE

- GERIC TIPSWORD

- LEONEL LEO FARIAS II

- ROSE CARDENAS

- TODD FRANKFORT

- JESUS GUILLEN

- ANDREW MICHAEL BAYLEY

- GARDNER EASTLAND

- QUYEN PHAM


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DISTRICT JUDGE, 313TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

HARRIS COUNTY CRIMINAL COURT AT LAW NO. 4

HARRIS CRIMINAL COURT AT LAW NO. 14

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- ZACHARY GIBSON

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DISTRICT JUDGE, 314TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

HARRIS CRIMINAL COURT AT LAW NO. 5

HARRIS CRIMINAL COURT AT LAW NO. 15

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DISTRICT JUDGE, 315TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

HARRIS COUNTY CRIMINAL COURT AT LAW NO. 6

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HARRIS COUNTY CIVIL COURT AT LAW NO. 1

HARRIS COUNTY CRIMINAL COURT AT LAW NO. 7

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HARRIS COUNTY CIVIL COURT AT LAW NO. 2

HARRIS CRIMINAL COURT AT LAW NO. 8

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HARRIS COUNTY CIVIL COURT AT LAW NO. 3

HARRIS CRIMINAL COURT AT LAW NO. 9

- RACHEL LEAL-HUDSON

- CINDY HIDE

- MARIA VALERIA BROCK

- JAMES LOMBARDINO

- CLYDE RAYMOND LEUCHTAG

- AARON G. ADAMS

HARRIS COUNTY CIVIL COURT AT LAW NO. 4

- BRIAN STALEY

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HARRIS COUNTY CRIMINAL COURT AT LAW NO. 1

- NATHAN MOSS

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- ELIZABETH BUSS

- MARK MONTGOMERY

- MIKE MONKS

- MARK GOLDBERG

- SARTAJ BAL

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HARRIS CRIMINAL COURT AT LAW NO. 10

- DAN SPJUT

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HARRIS CRIMINAL COURT AT LAW NO. 11

- DAN SIMONS

- JESSICA N. PADILLA

- XAVIER ALFARO

HARRIS COUNTY - PROBATE COURT NO. 1

- LOYD WRIGHT

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HARRIS COUNTY - PROBATE COURT NO. 2

- SOPHIA MAFRIGE

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HARRIS COUNTY - PROBATE COURT NO. 3

- RORY ROBERT OLSEN

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HARRIS COUNTY - PROBATE COURT NO. 4

- WILL ARCHER

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JUSTICE OF THE PEACE PRECINCT 3, PLACE 2

- DENISE GRAVES

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JUSTICE OF THE PEACE PRECINCT 4, PLACE 2

- LARYSSA KORDUBA

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HARRIS COUNTY CRIMINAL COURT AT LAW NO. 2

HARRIS CRIMINAL COURT AT LAW NO. 12

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE PRECINCT 5, PLACE 2

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HARRIS COUNTY CRIMINAL COURT AT LAW NO. 3

HARRIS CRIMINAL COURT AT LAW NO. 13

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE PRECINCT 8, PLACE 2

- PAULA GOODHART

- LESLIE JOHNSON

- MATTHEW DEXTER

- LANCE LONG

- BOB WOLFE

- LOUIE DITTA


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When I think of freedom, I can’t help but reflect back over my life, my struggles, my triumphs, my many Democratic and Republican clients, and my life-long friends. Especially, people who have poured into my life like, Judge DaSean Jones, the presiding judge for the 180th Criminal District Court, in Harris County, Texas. Judge DaSean Jones is a father, husband, lieutenant colonel, district judge, lover of our "UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION" and also serves as a picture of strength, courage, and intestinal fortitude in my book. When I think of role models, I don’t think of entertainers and professional athletes, I think of people like Judge DaSean Jones. His name is one of the first names that comes to mind when I think of people who have influenced me and my way of thinking over the years. So, as we prepare for our stretch-run to Tuesday, November 8, 2022, as the publisher of Houston Business Connections Newspaper©, I would like to encourage you to join me in “PUTTING PEOPLE OVER POLITICS” during this pivotal moment in the history of our great nation. Now, listen up! I’m not a perfect man. Nor am I an outlaw like some folks will have you to believe. What I’ve done is something that no other Black man in America has achieved — but I digress. Look — no man is an island. So, we all need each other to accomplish God’s will for us as individuals, and as “ONE NATION UNDER GOD.” Now, that being said, please understand that, for us to accomplish anything in life we must accept God’s plan for us as individuals and as a nation. And we must also embrace God’s vision for America as it continues to

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unfold during these trying times. Thus, coming to this realization has liberated me and made me a free man in these United States of America. Now, the road for me hasn’t been easy, it has taken me a lot of time to come to grips with the fact that my success and fulfillment in life can only be achieved through my willingness to help other people like my client DaSean Jones, Alexandra de Moral Mealer, Trever Nehls, and many others, achieve their goals. Now, all of that being said, please understand that I’ve accepted my assignment, and I’m not turning back. What about you? Have you accepted your calling?

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Judge DaSean Jones is up for re-election in 2022.

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“It’s imperative that we make it our business to do our own research on candidates who are running for office. All warm-blooded Americans should be supporting duly-qualified candidates who believe in our United States Constitution and the laws that govern us as a FREE NATION as God’s plan for America continues to unfold.”

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“MY THOUGHTS ON FREEDOM AND LIBERTY FOR ALL.” HCRP CHAIR CINDY SEIGEL: “They are two of the most beautiful words in the dictionary. It means that I have the personal freedom to make decisions on how I am going to live my life. They mean that I and my daughters have the opportunity to make our lives into whatever we want with hard work. However, along with freedom and liberty goes personal responsibility. That means working to ensure that we continue to have freedom and liberty now and for future generations because without America standing for freedom and liberty - where do people go?”

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The Harris County Republican Freedom from crime. Party is an inclusive and diverse The rights of criminals do not group of dedicated volunteers trump the rights of the law-abiding citizen. Activist judges and who believe in the conservative defunding police tears down the values our country was founded laws that are there to protect the rights of the individual and preupon. We love our country, bemob rule. All Americans deserve to live their lieve in the Bill of Rights, support vent lives and raise their families in neighborhoods the U.S. Constitution and stand that are free from crime. for our Flag. We believe that all Freedom from failing men, women and children are schools. created equal. It was the leadership of the Republican Party that Our children should have the right to an education that will ended slavery over 150 years give them the knowledge and ago. The Republican Party conskills to have a successful life and one that is free from indoctrination. We betinues to be the party of hope lieve that teaching our country’s history (warts and opportunity because we and all) is necessary to ensure mistakes are not stand for freedom and liberty for repeated. We also oppose teachers and administration that impose their personal beliefs on our all Americans. children and promote racism and division through We believe in:

policies like critical race theory. We believe that school policies should support educational achievement and provide parents the freedom to make the best academic choice for their children.

Freedom from an overreaching government Freedom from democrats who want to limit our Unelected bureaucrats and our federal government should not freedoms. overregulate and dictate how we live our daily lives. We believe that prosperity for all comes through the free market and policies that encourage job development, economic growth and entrepreneurship in the United States vs. promoting a global economy that sacrifices American jobs and national security.

Freedom from those who want to weaken the sanctity of our elections.

We believe that all Americans should have confidence in the integrity of our elections and that each vote cast is cast by a citizen who has the legal right to vote. Without elections that are fair, open and transparent, the very foundation of our democracy is at risk.

We believe in a limited government that allows every American the freedom to live their life in the way they choose. We believe the government and elected officials are there to serve and protect all Americans (including the unborn), not the elite few. We believe it is not the purpose of government to dictate our religion, how we raise our children, or how we live our lives.


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Today’s Republican Party was founded in 1854 by a group of Mid-Western abolitionists opposed to the Kansas-Nebraska Bill, which allowed a choice of slavery in the new territories of Kansas and Nebraska. Texas, which had become a state in 1845, was right in the middle of the heated slavery controversy. Most state leaders were Democrats prior to the Civil War, and thus supported the pro-slavery Confederacy. But President Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican president, gained the support of Texas Republicans and several prominent state leaders, like Sam Houston, Texas’ first Governor. However, most of those who decided to support Lincoln’s decision to defend the Union were forced from office, and Democrats succeeded in allying Texas with the Confederacy. The effects of the Civil War and its aftermath would be felt for more than a century throughout the South, and especially in Texas. For its first two generations, Texas had known only honor, victory and valor. Though Texans never lost a battle at home during the Civil War, the Union army under orders from a Republican President marched in and occupied the Lone Star State after the Confederacy surrendered. For the first time, Texas would not be victorious. The next four generations of Texans would not forgive the Republican Party.

Early Support for the GOP

African Americans were one group of Texans that would consistently support the Republican Party in Texas in those early years. In fact, throughout Reconstruction, African Americans comprised about 90% of GOP membership, and 44 African Americans served in the Texas legislature as Republicans.

It was through the hard work of a number of dedicated African American men and women that the earliest foundations of the Republican Party of Texas were laid. The first-ever state Republican convention that met in Houston on July 4, 1867 was predominantly African American in composition, with about 150 African American Texans attending, and 20 Anglos. The second State GOP Chairman, Norris Wright Cuney, an African-American from Galveston who led the Republican Party from 1883 to 1897, is said by State historians to have held “the most important political position given to a black man of the South in the nineteenth century.”

Pastor Willie Davis HCRP - Chaplain

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Judge Robert Johnson JUSTICE AND FAIRNESS FOR ALL

“I would like to thank God, the great citizens of Harris County, my family, and friends for the opportunity to serve as judge in the 177th Criminal District Court. And I look forward to receiving the support of all Texans on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, in the race for Judge, Court of Criminal Appleas, Place 6.”

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As a U.S. Army decorated combat veteran and current member of the Army Reserves, Judge Jones has truly dedicated his life to public service. Judge Jones is running for re-election to continue demonstrate that justice at its best arises from unbought, unbossed, bold citizens who respect the rule of law as it is written. In criminal cases, too often the people who make life decisions for so many of Harris County's citizens do not share similar life experiences of those they punish daily. Living and working throughout the world from childhood onward, Judge Jones learned about and engaged in various cultures and ideologies. These are the same things that make Harris County great. After witnessing first-hand how too many judges were closed-minded and prejudiced towards some defendants and attorneys, but afforded others with whom they were socially or financially in line with better opportunities and common courtesies, as well as "the benefit of the doubt," Judge Jones ran for office and won in November of 2018; making him the first minority to preside over the

180th Criminal District Court since its inception. Financial status, connections, race, clothing and other variables should not come into play in regards to the administration of justice. Judge Jones 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. Judge Jones has three siblings. Two of which are disabled veterans. While in elementary school, Judge Jones 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 the storied Tuskegee University, Judge Jones commissioned as an Army Field Artillery Officer, where he led soldiers from all walks of life and held the highest standards as military combat arms officer. Judge Jones, his wife and three children reside in Houston, where his children attend public school.

A FAMILY MAN. RE-ELECT JUDGE DASEAN JONES ON NOVEMBER 8, 2022

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"Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future" -- Oscar Wilde Explore methods to ensure nonviolent offenders are held accountable for their criminal conduct outside of the prison system while supporting and investigating programs that help rehabilitate offenders.

Promote access to mental health services for those offenders whose criminal conduct is connected to mental health issues. Encouraging diagnose and plans to aid those with such issues in effort to reduce new law violations. Impact the community by having an increased presence in spaces where criminal court judges are not normally found (e.g. schools, parks, community gatherings, et cetera)

Follow the law and uphold the United States Constitution, Texas Constitution, and all current laws in effort to treat everyone with dignity and respect. A judge must remove himself from personal biases and reach conclusions that are the sum of the applicable law.

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We need someone FIERCE, vote PIERCE on Nov. 8TH. BA Degree 12 years law enforcement experience Police supervisor and Investigator Juris Doctorate Degree 19 Years Criminal Attorney 6 years as a Prosecutor Team Prosecutor of the year 2019 Humble ISD Education Foundation Committee for 3 years Member of Kingwood Area Republican Women’s Organization

Ethical and Trustworthy Protect law abiding citizens Understands the law Will follow the law and legal precedent Will be accountable to voters Will seek Justice Married for over 20 years, and helped raise two wonderful young men Enjoys tennis, outdoor activities, spending time with family, friends and working on the ranch

Every vote for Tami Pierce on Nov. 8th, is a vote for COMMON SENSE...

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“I’m asking for your vote.” - Tami

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I don’t care if America is more black, brown, white, (pick your color). I care that America remains a country of individuals who believe in freedom and limited government and don’t want to be led by people who use them to obtain power and don’t really believe in their Godgiven abilities to chart their own destiny.”

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ELECTION DAY:

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Day 4 - Protest Against Corrupt Judges in Harris County, Texas Kicked Off at 9:00 AM at the Harris County Civil Courthouse

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Investigative Reporter, Aubrey R. Taylor, and thirty-time Emmy Award Winning Investigative Reporter Wayne Dolcefino at the Tuesday, August 22, 2022, “Protest Against Corrupt Judges” in Harris County, Texas.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2022, was a big day for “THE PROTEST AGAINST CORRUPT JUDGES” at the Harris County Civil Courthouse. A bunch of literature promoting “GOOD JUDGES” and “THE 2022 GOP NOMINEES” was passed out to people going and coming. Award-winning “INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST” Wayne Dolcefino also stopped by to take photos and some video clips of the protest. In case you don't know him, Wayne Dolcefino is one of the nation’s most decorated journalists. According to his website, Wayne has received, "Thirty Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Five Charles Green Awards, an Edward R. Murrow award, a Jack Howard Award for investigative reporting, numerous honors from the Associated Press and Texas Association of Broadcasters, and an unprecedented three medals from the international journalism organization Investigative Reporters and Editors." His website also states that “For nearly 27 years, Dolcefino headed up the 13 Undercover Unit at ABC13 KTRK-TV Eyewitness News.” For those of you who don’t know, “The 13 Undercover investigative unit specialized in exposing public corruption, wasted taxpayer money, government malfeasance, and fraud.” “As head of the unit, Dolcefino managed the investigative process and was involved in the marketing and advertising of KTRK-TV’s investigative news product,” his website states. Over the last couple of years, Dolcefino has been fighting the same judicial system as the protesters. You could tell that he was right at home. Anyways, as “THE PROTEST AGAINST CORRUPT JUDGES” continues through Tuesday, November 8, 2022, in Harris County, it would be nice to see Dolcefino use his platform to also expose some of the corruption that he’s witnessed first-hand over the years.

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“We would like to take this moment to salute, Lieutenant Jimmy Cook, with Constable Alan Rosen’s Office for taking the time to introduce himself to “THE PROTESTERS” and layout a few ground rules.”I’m here to make sure your “First Amendment Rights” as you peaceably protest.” He also stated that the protesters keep moving and not block the entry-way to the Harris County Civil Court Building.” - Aubrey


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In the process of voting and returning your mail ballot, make sure to follow the steps below:

1). Read all the instructions; 2). Use BLACK or BLUE ink to mark your choices on the ballot; 3). Place voted ballot in the Ballot Envelope and seal it; 4). Place Ballot Envelope in the enclosed pre-addressed carrier envelope; 5). Provide your identification number underneath the flap. 6). Seal carrier envelope and sign where indicated exactly as you signed the ballot by mail request; 7). Place appropriate postage and return it;

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of photo identification, the voter may show a List B identification and complete a Reasonable Impediment Declaration (RID) c. Only the voter may deliver their ballot in person 3). Common or contract carrier; such as personal courier, or FedEx or UPS, or other contracted mail service a. Ballot must be received by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day b. If the carrier provides receipt mark indicating a time before 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, it may be received by 5:00 p.m. on the first business day after Election Day.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTES

A voted ballot postmarked by Election Day must be received by the early voting clerk no later than 5:00 pm on the next business day after Election Day. If there is no postmark, early voting clerk must receive these ballots by 7:00 pm on Election Day. Ballots from civilians abroad must be received by the early voting clerk no later than the 5th day after Election Day. Ballots from Military voters must be received by the early voting clerk no later than the 6th day after Election Day.

A completed mail ballot MUST be returned to the Harris County Election Administrator’s Office in the Official Carrier Envelope provided to you. It may be returned in any of the following manners:

1). Regular residential mail via United States Postal Service; a. Ballots must be postmarked by 7:00 p.m. on Election day and received by 5:00 p.m. on the first business day after Election Day. 2). In-person drop off at Harris County Election Harris County Administration Building (1001 Preston, Houston, Texas 77002) on Election Day only from 7 am – 7 pm a. You must present an acceptable form of photo identification b. If a voter does not possess and cannot reasonably obtain an acceptable form

Former Probate Judge Loyd Wright (far right), his wife, and Governor Greg Abbott.


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FREEDOM 80TH CIVIL DISTRICT COURT - HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS

“WHAT FREEDOM MEANS TO US!” PICTURED: JUDGE ANGELA GRAVES HARRINGTON, JUDGE TONYA JONES, JUDGE TORIA J. FINCH, AND JUDGE SHANNON BALDWIN

“OUR FOREFATHERS MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR US TO EXPERIENCE THE AMERICAN DREAM.”

JUDGE KYLE CARTER: “We are all endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Freedom is the ability to exercise those rights. However, this freedom is not something that just happens. Our forefathers made it possible for us to experience the American dream of freedom and we must, as part of our generational duty continue to fight against those who would take our freedoms away and to ensure opportunity exists for all Americans. As President Franklin D. Roosevelt aptly stated "In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved."

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“A FAIR & IMPARTIAL CIVIL COURT JUDGE.”

“Freedom to me is the ability to walk in the calling God has destined for my life. I do not take for granted the trials nor the triumphs.” - JUDGE JERALYNN MANOR

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PUTTING MY EXPERIENCE TO WORK Jeralynn Manor was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her mother was a nurse, and her father, a career officer with the New Orleans Police Department. There he set the bar high for his daughter. He attained numerous awards and accommodations, including various achievements, such as becoming the first African American counter-sniper for the SWAT department and the first African American diver on the dive team. Manor’s hard work and high goal standards are certainly founded in her bloodline. Jeralynn Manor’s “service to all mankind” mantra and dedication to her craft is evidenced in her career achievements. Jeralynn studied philosophy at Xavier University in New Orleans before finishing her undergraduate studies in Administration of Justice at Texas Southern University. She went on to Thurgood Marshall School of Law, where she earned the American Juris Prudence Award in Bankruptcy under the tutelage of the Honorable Justice Manual Leal of the Southern District of Texas Bankruptcy Court. Jeralynn also and won 1st place in the Mock Trial competition. In 2001 Manor earned her Juris Doctorate and became a licensed attorney by the Texas Supreme Court. In her 18 plus years of practicing law, attorney Jeralynn Manor has worked in several areas. She concentrated her early career as a closing attorney for 3 major title companies. In this area practice, Jeralynn played an integral role in helping thousands of Texans achieve the dream of home-ownership. Jeralynn Manor currently practices in the areas of Personal Injury, Mass Tort, Civil Rights, Immigration and, Employment Law. Attorney Jeralynn Manor is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Pro Bono College of the Texas State Bar, and a member of the Champions of Justice Society of the Texas Equal Access to Justice. Jeralynn is also an NAACP- Life Member and has been in leadership roles with Boy Scouts of America as Den Mother to her son’s pack. She is also on the board of directors of The Black Heritage Society/Original MLK Parade Foundation. Jeralynn Manor enjoys being a mother to her three children Taft (17), Rogdrick (13), and Brooklynn (7). Jeralynn Manor instills into her children the same values of hard work, dedication, service to all mankind, and love, passed on to her by her father, the late Sgt. Jerome M. Dupre.

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FIVE STAR GENERAL: “Freedom, generally, is having the ability to act or change without constraint. A person has the freedom to do things that will not, in theory, or in practice, be prevented by other forces. Outside of the human realm, freedom generally does not have this political or psychological dimension. Freedom means African Americans not being murdered unjustly by law enforcement. Freedom is quality education for every person. Freedom is when Black America is paid reparations. When that is done Blacks will enjoy financial freedom in my opinion.”

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Judge Bert Richardson Discusses What Freedom Means to Him

JUDGE BERT RICHARDSON: “I was raised in a military family and understand firsthand the sacrifices that others have made so as citizens of this State & Country we enjoy freedoms in many aspects of our lives that others throughout the world do not have. At an early age my uncle (my father’s brother) was killed in a crash of a F-106 USAF fighter jet. Not long after that my father left for Vietnam and flew over 160 missions as a fighter pilot. During that year many of his fellow pilots did not return home from that war. I knew several of the children from those families. My brother recently retired from the USAF and is a veteran of over 300 air missions in the Middle-east conflicts with the Special Ops Squadrons. I have heard many stories of those brave soldiers he protected during his flights. Without such sacrifices throughout our Country’s history, we as American citizens would not enjoy the blessings to worship according to the dictates of our own conscience, or enjoy the many benefits and opportunities offered in our country to better ourselves through education, hard work and to support our families. I have lived overseas for over 10 years and am painfully aware of the fact that others do not have these great opportunities available to them.” JUDGE BERT RICHARDSON TEXAS COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS - PLACE 3

Former Harris County Clerk Diane Trautman Shares Her Thoughts on Freedom DR. DIANE TRAUTMAN: “Freedom comes in many forms – the ability for each of us to practice our chosen faith, share our differing opinions, and vote for candidates that represent us. Elections are one way we celebrate freedom beyond Independence Day, and I believe each citizen should earnestly exercise that right and responsibility in every election, large or small.” DR. DIANE TRAUTMAN HARRIS COUNTY CLERK

Judge Angela Graves Harrington Discusses Freedom

JUDGE ANGELA GRAVES HARRINGTON: “Freedom is the absence of mental or physical enslavement. Freedom is the ability to boldly walk into your destiny without being tied to the expectations or doubts of others. Freedom is the realization of one’s full potential and the right to exist in authenticity. Freedom is “an absolute equality of personal rights.” Freedom is, quite simply, being free.”

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Judge Genesis Draper Discusses What Freedom Means JUDGE GENESIS DRAPER: “Many of us think of freedom as being free from physical confinement, but true freedom is being free from oppression and having the opportunity to reach your full potential. Our right to assemble, right to vote, right to free speech and right to religion all serve one purpose…to guard against oppression. Just like we celebrate Juneteenth and the physical freedom it granted, let us also celebrate the power in our voice, our vote and our values. It is the use of these tools that opens the doors of possibility for our children and our children’s children.” JUDGE GENESIS DRAPER HARRIS COUNTY CRIMINAL COURT AT LAW #12

Judge Toria J. Finch Discusses What Freedom Means to Her

JUDGE TORIA J FINCH: “Notwithstanding of the fact that the literal meaning of freedom is defined as the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved, when I think of what freedom means to me personally, I immediately think of sacrifices. Freedom never stands alone in my mind, but it is accompanied with thoughts of longsuffering and sacrifices. Since the beginning of time, the freedoms that we at times carelessly possess, whether it is the freedom of physical liberties, the freedom of thought, the freedom of religion, the freedom to love, or the freedom to simply exist in a space and time without inequality or injustice, it all has been achieved at the expense of the many sacrifices of those that came before us, and the many women and men that continue to fight for us on the grand stages of the battlefields of the world and our local communities. Although, easily taken for granted, freedom is something that if we don’t continue to vigorously protect, we stand to lose, because unfortunately freedom is just not free.” JUDGE TORIA J. FINCH HARRIS COUNTY CRIMINAL COURT AT LAW #9

Judge David C. Newell Discusses What Freedom Means to Him

JUDGE DAVID C. NEWELL: “At the risk of stating the obvious, "freedom" means a lot of different things to different people. People find its meaning in the inspirational words of Martin Luther King, Jr. or maybe even a popular song. But one thing that I have observed about freedom is that people, including myself, do not seem to think specifically about what it means to them on a regular basis. If you look at the dictionary definition it can mean the quality of being free as in the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action. It certainly means that to me as I often marvel at little things many of us take for granted such as the ability to catch a quick bite to eat at a fast-food restaurant. But I also see it quite often in the big things like the ability to vote for who will be my voice in passing the laws that will govern my daily life. And that leads me to another definition of freedom, that of a political right. It is a great paradox that our freedoms are based upon our responsibilities as citizens of the United States to participate in the process of self-governance. You can feel that responsibility not only in those little reminders such as a notice for jury duty, but also in the eyes of soldiers returning from foreign soil where they fought to bring freedom to others and preserve it for us at home. So perhaps that is what freedom means most to me. Those dictionary definitions and real life examples serve as humbling reminders of how truly blessed I am to live in a country with so much freedom that I rarely have to question my access to it. And they also serve to obligate me to exercise that freedom in a way that preserves that liberty for my family, my friends, and my fellow citizens.” JUDGE DAVID C. NEWELL TEXAS COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS - PLACE 9

Judge Beau Miller Discusses What Freedom Means to Him

JUDGE BEAU MILLER: “We have a complicated relationship with freedom in this country, because the Enlightenment values on which we were founded, while progressive at the time, only applied to land-holding men. Women, people of color, of differing cultural and economic backgrounds, of different sexual orientations, and people of diverse faiths all had to fight not just for liberty, but for basic equality. “We, the people”...., means everyone. What freedom means to me is the upholding of laws that advance personal freedoms, and which embrace the joyous diversity we all share. It is how a person acts that gives their true measure: acting without prejudice, discrimination, or harm, but acting with openness, generosity, and goodness. As the Transcendentalist Theodor Parker so memorably said, who inspired Martin Luther King, Jr. and I believe his words now more than ever, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice”. Justice and the law are freedom.” JUDGE BEAU MILLER 190TH CIVIL DISTRICT COURT -- HARRIS COUNTY

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Congressman Kevin Brady Shares His Thoughts on Freedom

CONGRESSMAN KEVIN BRADY: “Freedom is everything. But what Freedom will never be is free. Freedom is a precious gift that our veterans and our fallen have secured for us and continue to secure for us. Being an American is about being free. Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior said “we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom.” He was so right that “a man can't ride you unless your back is bent.” As Americans we must always stand proud and tall for freedom and against injustice. We must have faith to take the harder path with the greatest rewards. Being a servant leader will never be the easy path, but it is the most rewarding path. Serving my constituents and my state in Washington, DC is an honor that I do not take lightly. It’s my duty to preserve freedom for all Americans. As Dr. King said “The time is always right to do what is right.” That time is now.” CONGRESSMAN KEVIN BRADY UNITED STATES CONGRESSMAN FOR THE 8TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF TEXAS

Tracy Y. Scott Discusses What Freedom Means to Her

TRACY Y. SCOTT: “Freedom is unapologetically Black. William Madison McDonald, the first Black millionaire in Texas, died on July 4, 1950. In my opinion, he lived and died free. Mr. McDonald orchestrated, during an immediate post slavery era, wealth and built the Fort Worth Black business community including the first Black owned bank in Texas, Fraternal Bank. Mr. McDonald used a business model we should mirror today. He maintained three positions: business (entrepreneur) , politics (kingmaker) and a brotherhood (fraternalist). Today, the same model works if applied with trust and integrity. Freedom is when we (Black folks) create collective models that generate collective wealth, influence and power without allowing the guilt associated with healthy selfishness to block progress. Today, we have more money, education and access than ever before. Freedom is in how we apply and unify all three privileges. Freedom is Pro Black isn't Anti _______. Freedom is Black women and men seeing past society's narrative to shape and live our own existence. Freedom is Black women collectively owning our crafted "2 boxes checked" presence to lift and secure a place for Black men beside, behind and out front of us. Freedom is unapologetically Black.” TRACY Y. SCOTT THE BLACK WOMEN’S PAC

Dr. Carla Brailey Discusses What Freedom Means to Her

DR. CARLA BRAILEY: “Harriet Tubman once said, “Home is where freedom is...” My parents migrated, as a newly married couple, to Houston from a small rural town called Abbeville in Louisiana. They were free to pursue opportunities and they found great opportunities in the form of employment and their first home. In my parent’s home, I remember growing up as a young girl feeling free to develop my intellectual potential and to be expressive with a voice. And when freedom transfers to our intellectual being, it finds our soul and spirit and nurtures peace and passion, love and legacy, heart and happiness, fire and fantasies, vulnerabilities and victories, and dreams and destiny. At the same time, freedom will manifest as a core attribute to develop our moral compass, to seek justice for humanity, and to recognize prejudice and bias. In the end, it is freedom that advances our potential and guides our journeys. If we do not develop the strengths of freedom, both our minds and our souls are enslaved.” DR. CARLA BRAILEY VICE CHAIR, TEXAS DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Judge Shannon Baldwin Discusses What Freedom Means to Her

JUDGE SHANNON BALDWIN: “Freedom means the ability to have choices without restraint. Typically, I’ve always associated freedom of choice with education. The better education, the better your choices are and the more freedom you achieve. While that is true, I’ve learned that we still have a long way to go to achieve real freedom. Our society must strive to achieve freedom of ALL of our marginalized communities. We should eliminate homelessness, focus on mental health and wealth should not determine a person’s value. One’s sexual preference or identity should not be life threatening! Your rights end where the next person’s rights begin!” JUDGE SHANNON BALDWIN HARRIS COUNTY CRIMINAL COURT AT LAW #4

Councilwoman Martha Castex Tatum Discusses Freedom

COUNCILWOMAN MARTHA CASTEX TATUM: “Freedom is a beautiful and powerful word. The meaning of freedom for each person is shaped by their environment and their sphere of influence. My parents encouraged me to never stop learning and to value education and life lessons. I was encouraged to sacrifice and work hard during my early years so I would have a knowledge base leading me to recognize the importance of being free from enslavement of the mind, potential bad jobs, unhealthy relationships, unnecessary debt or anything that threatens your peace and hope. Freedom is also about knowing when to push and pull for yourself and others. It is the limitless thoughts that allow you to live without boundaries while being keenly aware that decisions have consequences. Freedom is my desire to inspire others to limitless thinking and the preservation of being free. Freedom is a state of mind and we were chosen to be free. In the words of Nelson Mandela, “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” COUNCILWOMAN CASTEX-TATUM HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL MEMBER FOR DISTRICT K

Judge Sonya Heath Discusses What Freedom Means to Her

JUDGE SONYA HEATH: “I am so blessed to be raised in our great Country. Being able to choose my elected officials who govern me, being able to run for office, all are part of what freedom means to me. The power to choose who I love, who I marry, and if I marry at all is important. To have a voice, to choose what I do for a living, what I do with my own body or where I go to school. Freedom is being able to raise my children in a free country. Freedom is also being able to practice my religion without any interference from the government. Being able to learn from and correct my mistakes. Each one of us are unique human beings with God-given talents. Freedom to be able to develop those talents, to become the person you see yourself to be. This is what freedom means to me.”

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Former Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen Discusses What Freedom Means

HONORABLE ALLEN OWEN: “It has been said that freedom is a powerful word in and of itself. It can and does mean a lot of different things to different people. In democracy and government it means having the right to speak, to act, to be independent, and to be yourself. I believe that I was given that freedom by our forefathers and by those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in serving our Country and those still serving today. Freedom comes with sacrifices and is not to be taken lightly. I am fortunate to live in a Country that has freedoms. As we are seeing in today’s times, that is not true for everyone. Freedom to worship, to vote, to hold office, to own a home, get an education, and to live without the fear of persecution is freedom by definition alone. I pray that those freedoms will continue for many years to come and wish that other nations and countries had those same freedoms. Maybe someday they will.” HONORABLE ALLEN OWEN FORMER MAYOR OF MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS

Demetria Smith Discusses What Freedom Means DEMETRIA SMITH: “To me, FREEDOM means INDEPENDENCE – people making their “OWN” choices, and their “OWN VOICE” to speak truth to power. In my opinion, NO MAN or WOMAN should be the ruler over another man or woman. Freedom means that, we have the free-will to make the choice for all races to come together for a cause – if we choose to do so. Freedom means building your “OWN” wealth for “YOUR” family. Freedom means that “YOU” are able to choose to serve God “OUR CREATOR” which means that we are “ALL FREE” to pursue life, liberty, and our “OWN” happiness." DEMETRIA SMITH FORMER MAYORAL CANDIDATE

Trustee Danyahel Norris Discusses What Freedom Means to Him

DANYAHEL NORRIS: “The word “freedom” is generally defined as a lack of any restriction. In the social and personal context, it means so much more. In the social context, it means the ability for each person to pursue their dreams and passions, without any hindrances. I believe it’s what the founding fathers had in mind when they included the phrase “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” in the Declaration of Independence. While there are a variety of things that have derailed these plans for many in our society, like slavery, racism, poverty, and a variety of other factors, I believe it is the society we should strive to be. A society which removes any hindrances from citizens as they use their God-given abilities to make this world a better place. Personally, the word freedom represents even more. It represents a long line of ancestors who came to this country several generations ago. Some willingly, and some in bondage. I think of my 4th great-grandmother, Judy Crocker, who was born a free negro around the same time and same county as Nat Turner. I think of my parents, who were the first generation in their families to go to college. I think of long conversations between myself and my wife, regarding the dreams we are still pursuing. Last, but not least, I think of my children’s dreams and aspirations, as they grow and prepare to make their mark on this world.”

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Judge Ramona Franklin Discusses What Freedom Means to Her

JUDGE RAMONA FRANKLIN: “Freedom reminds me of a beautifully handcrafted quilt. Each patch in the quilt symbolizes the uniqueness of one being permitted to live the way a person chooses to live without unlawful restraints. One patch that is crafted in the quilt of freedom stands for one to live in the United States with the opportunity to lawfully speak his or her mind without being censored. Another patch that is crafted in the quilt of freedom is the right of religion. The third patch that is crafted in the quilt of freedom allows a woman the right to make decisions for her own body. The fourth patch that is crafted in the quilt of freedom allows a law abiding citizen to live anywhere they desire to live. The fifth patch that is crafted in the quilt of freedom is the ability to receive an education. The sixth patch that is crafted in the quilt of freedom is the ability for one to think as one wants without constraints. The last patch that is crafted in the quilt of freedom is the right of choice. Freedom symbolizes the complete handcrafted quilt that has all of its unique and beautiful patches woven together.” JUDGE RAMONA FRANKLIN 338TH DISTRICT COURT - HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS

Burt Levine Discusses What Freedom Means to Him

BURT LEVINE: “Freedom isn’t free. It means the world to me. Freedom is what my father’s grandfather as a young man came here for 110 years ago from Minsk, Russia after Cossacks (East Europe terrorists) caused a Pogrom in their Jewish Ghetto burning homes and businesses, capturing him and putting him on a train to fight for the Czar. Freedom is what my mother’s father came here for 90 years ago from Bialystok, Poland before Nazis locked most of his family in their congregation, lit it on fire and killed them. Freedom is what my wife’s father, grandfather and greatgrandfather fought for in the US Navy in World War I, World War II and Vietnam. It is why my father served in the US Navy in Vietnam and why I served in the Navy in the First Gulf War and later in the Texas Army National Guard. Freedom is our ability to pray how much, and how we want, where we want, pledge allegiance to our Flag when and where we want, and to vote for who we want from whatever political parties we want or don’t want. It’s our ability to love our faith, family, free enterprise, and to build our business as we want, speak our mind and protect our family without fear from others. Freedom isn’t free. It never will be.” BURT AND SANDRA LEVINE TEXAS CAMPAIGNS

Dr. Karla Brown Discusses What Freedom Means to Her DR. KARLA BROWN: “Freedom is knowing, understanding, and accepting the sovereignty of God. It is living my "Best Life" according to His will knowing that obstacles are inevitable but not out of His control. And, open doors represent His grace. It is under standing that everything is working to manifest the best version of me. It is accepting that I am not in control of anything or anyone. It is living in the moment, seizing opportunities, releasing rigid attachments to ideals, and enjoying the independence of it all...” DR. KARLA BROWN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR THE PROMINENCE ON SOUTHMORE, INC.

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Dr. Cynthia Lenton Gary Discusses Freedom and What it Means to Her

DR. CYNTHIA LENTON GARY: “According to the dictionary, freedom is the act of being free or at liberty instead of being in confinement or under physical restraint. In January of 1941, Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed what freedom means to him during his State of the Union Address. He said that every American has four basic freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want and freedom from fear. However, in my opinion, Nelson Mandela stated it better. He said, “For to be free is not merely to cast off ones’ chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Freedom entitles us to quality of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It presents us with opportunities that were nonexistent for our ancestors. I can recall being in the fifth grade; my parent, my siblings and I went to visit my uncle in Fort Polk, Louisiana. My sister was a baby at the time, and she needed more milk. We stopped at a store and on the door was a sign that read, “COLOREDS ENTER IN THE BACK”. That sign worried me because in my heart I thought because we were living in America, a country known as the land of the free, the owner of that store should not have been allowed to put that sign up. From that day, I was determined to pursue a field of study that very few African American considered. I received my bachelor’s degree in Chemistry/ Mathematics and worked as a Chemist for many years. As an African American female, and a citizen of the United States, I was able to receive a quality education that resulted in a bachelors, a masters and a doctorate degree. The lack of confinement and the lack of being restrained by racism and inequality also gave me the opportunity to be the first African American female to service on Missouri City council, the first African American female appointed to Fort Bend Independent School District board of trustees and it gave me the opportunity to service on the board of directors of the Houston Galveston Area Council (H-GAC). I have been blessed with many other opportunities that would not have existed had I not been free. As the mother of sons, I can proudly say that freedom of education and opportunity is why all my sons are college graduates who are working to pursue their dreams to ensure a successful future. I thank GOD for the most important characteristic of our lives and that’s FREEDOM.”

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Judge LaShawn A. Williams Shares Her Thoughts on Freedom

JUDGE LASHAWN A. WILLIAMS: “I cannot help but think of Freedom in two contexts: one as a free black woman, descendent of slaves; and the other as having freedom of thought and spirit... both essential to who I am and how I live. As a free black woman in what I consider to be the best country in the world, I appreciate what it took to create our system of government, for me to be an elected official now, to love whom I choose, to care for my body as I choose, and to be able to worship the God I serve in the way that I choose. So I am conscious of protecting all that has been won, lost and yet to be, in the name of freedom in the world. In terms of my freedom of mind and spirit, I try to live my life free from mindsets that restrict or vex my spirit. As we celebrate Independence Day, I do so gratefully and fully appreciating that I am entirely free! We cannot celebrate freedom without Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who said: “Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic…Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.” Therefore we are free to love, fight for justice and pursue “power correcting everything that stands against love”...and I would add freedom.” JUDGE LASHAWN A. WILLIAMS HARRIS COUNTY CIVIL COURT AT LAW #3

State Rep. Mary Ann Perez Shares Her Thoughts on Freedom

STATE REP. MARY ANN PEREZ: “Freedom means something different to all of us, but for me—the definition is very clear. Freedom is the ability to adequately provide for my children, having the right to make my own choices, and being entrusted to hold leadership roles within my community. Freedom, to any individual, is a hardsought goal and the ability to achieve it by whatever means necessary. Freedom is not found without struggle, determination and sacrifice but it is a fight that’s worthy of the journey. Freedom is having the capacity to enrich your community and be involved in the electoral process.” STATE REP. MARY ANN PEREZ HOUSE DISTRICT 144 - STATE OF TEXAS

State Rep. Senfronia Thompson Discusses What Freedom Means to Her With Aubrey R. Taylor

STATE REP. SENFRONIA THOMPSON: “In the United States, freedom is heralded throughout our land because of the liberation from the British, the freedom granted to slaves after the Civil War, and our sovereignty as a nation after various battles. For me, freedom is more than being emancipated on paper. It is about being free in all aspects of life. It is about being free from the control of another. We know freedom is not free. Many have paid the price for the rights and comforts that we possess today, and we must ensure that the rights we have attained are not eroded. I want my children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and other families, to grow up without being judged by the color of their skin, who they love or where they grew up. As a state representative, that is why I am so passionate about making laws that protect the lives of all Texans. I want us to celebrate our own expressions of religion without fear of bombings or retaliation because our beliefs may differ from the convictions of others. I want us to be able to express our love, our speech, our thoughts, as well as our votes without suppression. Ideologically, we are free, but we must continue to fight for the preservation of our freedom.” STATE REP. SENFRONIA THOMPSON TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES - DISTRICT 141

Manish Seth Discusses What Freedom Means to Him

MANISH SETH: “I am free to ….” those are powerful words. We are fortunate to live in a country in which not only can we state those words but we can act upon them as well. I am reminded of this daily, when I watch the news and see people in other countries who do not have the freedom to live life to the fullest and enjoy the freedoms we have in the United States. I appreciate that we have the privilege to be ourselves and do what makes us happy. Freedom to me is the ability to be who we are and to be the best we can be. My parents came here from India so that their kids would be free to learn in good schools, free to make friends of their choice, and free to choose the careers of their own choosing. I was fortunate in that I had the opportunity to attend a university in which I could make choices and follow my interests and passions. Whether it was helping with student campaigns, run for office of student organizations, or choose the field of study that was most appropriate for me, I had the freedom to pursue my dreams. It didn't stop there for me. The freedoms provided in our country have allowed me to follow my dreams and work in an industry where I am able to impact lives and help others to achieve their dreams as well. While being able to choose your own professional path is important, our freedoms also allow us to meet people of different backgrounds and discuss our differences. We live in a great country in which we have the freedom to have different thoughts and ideas but still come together. Freedom allows us to be us, and we can continue to say, “we are free to…” MANISH SETH FORMER CANDIDATE FOR STATE REP. HD-27

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Justice Ken Wise Discusses What Freedom Means to Him

JUSTICE KEN WISE: “Freedom means the ability to achieve whatever you want and live however you want based on your own talent and willingness to work hard. The United States of America was founded on this ideal. Our founders desired a society with a very limited government designed only to protect the nation and foster the commerce that would help everyone succeed. Our founders wanted to avoid a big government, which restricts freedom. Our founders want to avoid oppressive and voluminous laws, which restrict freedom. I pray for a return to the idea that each of us can succeed if we respect each other, work hard and develop our talents.” JUSTICE KEN WISE TEXAS 14TH COURT OF APPEALS -- PLACE 7

Judge Lucia G. Bates Discusses What Freedom Means to Her

JUDGE LUCIA G. BATES: “Freedom to me means that I can express myself and opinions while exercising diplomacy. Having the freedom to pursue positions that have been historically unheard of and unattainable. Freedom allows me to enhance my creativity and appreciate my uniqueness, unabashed. Freedom also means overcoming obstacles despite lacking what others perceive as absolute, allowing me to continue my daily responsibilities of serving my community while being compassionate and keeping my integrity intact. Freedom allows me to compete with myself and always remembering who paved the way to make my impossibilities possible.”

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Former Judge Steven Kirkland Shares What Freedom Means to Him

Former JUDGE STEVEN KIRKLAND: “Whenever, I ponder that question, I hear the voice of Barbara Jordan rumbling across the prairie. I had the good fortune to hear Ms. Jordan mark the Sesquicentennial of the battle at San Jacinto. It was a sunny morning in March, and her voice echoed across the battleground, her words… “Freedom, that was what it was all about, freedom…We are revolutionaries, we Texans...we Americans, born of revolution. Born of a desire for the God-given right of the individual...be he brown, white, yellow...to live his own life as he chooses. ...While I will never be as eloquent as she, I will build on what she offered that morning. I find freedom in many places and ways. Whether it is hiking up Emory Peak in Big Bend or riding a bike along Buffalo Bayou, sitting in quite contemplation in a Buddhist temple or singing hymns in a Baptist church, holding my partner’s hand as we walk down the beach or playing ball with my nephew, casting a ballot, or reading a good book. For me, the freedom to choose my own destiny means the freedom to explore new ideas without fear of reprisal or retribution and to use those ideas to build my life. As Congresswoman Jordan so eloquently put it, that is what our revolutions were about.”

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Judge Sedrick T. Walker Discusses What Freedom Means to Him

JUDGE SEDRICK WALKER: “At its core, freedom means the ability to speak your mind and live your life as you see fit. However, in our constantly evolving society, the notion of freedom applies in so many different areas. The pursuit of achieving freedom for everyone is a centuries-old battle that continues today. As a criminal court judge, I deal with the issue of freedom in its most literal sense on a day-to-day basis. As we pause to celebrate our freedoms, I believe it’s important that we reflect on the steps our ancestors took to fight for the liberties we currently enjoy.” JUDGE SEDRICK T. WALKER II HARRIS COUNTY CRIMINAL COURT AT LAW #11

Dr. Pretta VanDible Stallworth Shares Her Thoughts on Freedom

DR. PRETTA VANDIBLE STALLWORTH: “Freedom is Catharsis – LIBERATION! The greatest challenge in public service is the freedom and courage to stand up for what is just, fair, and right. As public servants we must have freedom and courage to speak on behalf of the people. A good public servant must be the voice of the people, must address the needs of the populace, and must remain steadfast in the work of community relief. As a public servant I choose to exercise my blood-bought freedom by engaging in catharsis for my community. I choose courage - to liberate my people. While I’ve chosen to liberate my people, I’ve come to the full realization that my choice comes at a great price. My chosen path makes me a moving target, a political pariah if you will. However, being a moving target does not matter to me. I believe the work of community relief must be done, and I’m committed to doing it. The needs of the populace must be addressed, and I’m making it my mission to address them. Choosing the path of public service requires freedom and courage. Freedom and courage bring about catharsis (the process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong repressed emotions) in my opinion. Catharsis is necessary for the education of the community. Education leads to the liberation of the minds of the people.” DR. PRETTA VANDIBLE STALLWORTH HCC BOARD TRUSTEE -- DISTRICT IX

Judge Linda Dunson Discusses What Freedom Means to Her

JUDGE LINDA DUNSON: “Freedom means being truly unshackled. Unshackled so that my mind can dream dreams; Unshackled so that opportunity is an open door; Unshackled so that I can embrace humanity in all of its gore; Unshackled so that I am seen instead of looked at; Unshackled so that I am not one of a few; Unshackled so that I can love freely; Unshackled so that I may serve my God without offending; Unshackled so that wealth, health and justice are not kept from me; Unshackled so that "all men are created equal" is a truth instead of an ideal; Unshackled so that the chains are forever shattered to the point that I don't ever even remember being shackled… That's FREEDOM.” JUDGE LINDA DUNSON 309TH FAMILY DISTRICT COURT - HARRIS COUNTY

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Community Leader Travis McGee Discusses What Freedom Means

TRAVIS MCGEE: “Freedom means a lot of things to a lot of different people, but freedom should mean the same for all people. When I think of freedom I think of affordable housing, livable wages -- innocent until proven guilty. I think of fair, quality, equitable education with options of affordable higher education. I think of a better quality of life for every man, woman, and child regardless of their race, color, or creed without the fear of deportation. Freedom is transparent leadership for “We the People” vs. “Sellout” or dictatorship for everything, but “We The People.” Freedom is the right to be afforded a fair trial in a court of law regardless of one’s economic, geographic or demographic status. Freedom is representation equal to taxation. Freedom is a world without racism, classism or anything else that discriminates and/or causes division among us. Freedom is a judicial system that is for all people vs. continuous injustice for “just us”. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor it must be demanded by the oppressed.”

JESSICA K. SWAIN: “Freedom means, to me, the ability to have CHOICES, Options, and Variety!!! Without freedom we would all be the same and that’s boring!!! Freedom means that I can be unapologetically ME while at the same time appreciating the differences in YOU!! Freedom is not a privilege but a Right that we all should be able to enjoy!! Ultimately, freedom = the ability to experience God’s abundance both mentally and physically of which I feel we All Were born to do!” JESSICA K. SWAIN LOCAL REALTOR®

TRAVIS MCGEE COMMUNITY LEADER/ACTIVIST -- HARRIS COUNTY

Oscar Gonzales Discusses What Freedom Means to Him

OSCAR GONZALES: “My first reflection is that I come from poverty and struggle. My maternal side was from Mexico. My maternal grandfather built his home with his own hands in 5th Ward. He was a proud man who didn't believe in accepting handouts; worked all his life as a longshoreman. He raised his children after my grandmother passed away. He was a Conservative Democrat, if you can believe those existed back then. I learned a lot from him. My paternal side is Native. My dad’s family worked the farms and fields, picking cotton and watermelons. My dad believes in hard work too. I spoke English and Spanish, and in the 70's I was beat up for that. I learned to question everything because that was the battle cry of the Hippies during the 60's and 70's. Freedom to me is, being raised in poverty, and having the freedom to achieve and surpass the dreams and expectations you have for yourself. As a child I feared and admired Police. However, I dreamed of being an officer one day. So, I applied for the Sheriff’s Department at the age of 25-years old, and was accepted a year later, near my 26th birthday. My acceptance made me the very first Peace Officer on either side of my family. However, my only nephew also became a Peace Officer, but he unfortunately passed away two days before his 25th birthday. I served the citizens of this great city, state, and country, for a couple months short of 30 years. I want you to know that it was indeed an honor and privilege to serve.” OSCAR GONZALES THE FIRST PEACE OFFICER IN HIS FAMILY

Former State Rep. Gary Elkins Discusses What Freedom Means

FORMER STATE REP. GARY ELKINS: “Freedom is defined as the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. Therefore our first amendment to the U.S. constitution is the foundation of our political and religious freedom. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Ayn Rand said, “Intellectual Freedom cannot exist without political freedom; Political Freedom cannot exist without economic freedom; A free mind and a free market are corollaries”. I believe that it is necessary for people to know my world view because our world view is what defines our beliefs about Freedom. I possess a Judeo-Christian world view. I believe like our founding fathers that all men are created equal and are endowed with inalienable rights that come from God and not the State. So my world view is that our rights are granted to us by God Almighty, and not the state (i.e. government). I believe that men should be free to make good decisions and bad decisions without interference from government. In today’s political environment, government tries to protect people from their bad decisions. In a free society, men who make bad decisions will suffer the consequences of those decisions and hopefully learn from them and not repeat them. When government interferes and tries to keep people from suffering the consequences of their bad decisions, then they never learn from their mistakes.” GARY ELKINS FORMER STATE REPRESENTATIVE HOUSE DISTRICT 135

Sheree Harris-Fisher Discusses What Freedom Means to Her

SHEREE HARRIS FISHER: “Freedom is an absolute right to be uninhibited, unlimited and unapologetic in expression -whether expression of thought or emotion. Freedom is empowering, shameless, and fearless. Without it, people remain bound to other people’s expectations of them, suppressed by conformity, and stunted by the limits created by the doubts and fears in their own minds. Freedom is power. The more freedom a person has, the more powerful they are in several aspects. The most important aspect relates to self. Freedom gives people power to be their authentic selves.”

SHEREE HARRIS-FISHER — POLITICAL STRATEGIST/CONSULTANT

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Judge Nikita Harmon Discusses What Freedom Means to Her

JUDGE NIKITA HARMON: “No idea is more fundamental to me as an American and as an individual than freedom. Freedom means the power or right to act, speak, or think freely without governmental hindrance or restraint. It means that you can have your own opinion and that you can share that opinion with other people even if they don’t agree with you. Freedom does not mean the absence of authority or the right to do whatever one pleased—far from it. However, it entails the privileges enumerated in the Bill of Rights—freedom of speech, the press, assembly, and religion.” JUDGE NIKITA V. HARMON 176TH DISTRICT COURT HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS

Orlando Sanchez Shares His Thoughts on Freedom FORMER HARRIS COUNTY TREASURER ORLANDO SANCHEZ: “Freedom means the liberty to live one's life in a country that, as a matter of law, protects our God given natural rights. As a refugee from communism, the USA means freedom for me.” ORLANDO SANCHEZ FORMER HARRIS COUNTY TREASURER

Philip Owens Discusses What Freedom Means to Him

PHILIP OWENS: “Freedom is more than an idea, it is an ideal. The Declaration of Independence begins with the fundamental truth that “we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights -- life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. Jefferson and the Founding Fathers recognized that no man or Government can take away what God has given. These are rights we have not just at the beginning of our nation’s life or when we may become a citizen. But something that we are given at our individual creation and even more so at the beginning of the creation of life itself. Consider that at the very beginning of man, and at the beginning of our life, we have the freedom to live a free life in pursuit of what makes us happy. America itself was founded upon that notion. In fact, these freedoms are so important that brothers went to war with brothers to ensure every American had these. I take that notion and the ideal of freedom very seriously and very personally. For me, freedom is not only my right, but the right of others. And it’s my duty to protect those rights; because, if freedom can be taken from someone else, it can be taken from me. Now people may forfeit their right to freedom by violating the rights and freedoms of others; but that is the consequence of their choosing. Government itself should protect our rights, but not interfere with or limit them. That’s why I think as we celebrate freedom we must also recognize the responsibility of being free. It is our duty to protect those rights by the wise exercising of them. But we cannot protect people from the outcome of poor choices by protecting or compensating them for making poor choices. Freedom means that I can make my life better by taking advantage of those rights, but not by taking advantage of others or their rights. Nelson Mandela said: “For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” PHILIP OWENS POLITICAL CONSULTANT/STRATEGIST

Dr. Rhonda Skillern Jones Shares Her Thoughts on Freedom

FORMER HISD TRUSTEE RHONDA SKILLERN JONES: “Freedom is POWER. It is a state of mind and body, an individual's mental and physical power to act, speak and think without hindrance, restraint or control. It is our right as Americans granted by the Constitution and protected by our brave sisters and brothers in the military. Freedom means every person regardless of their beliefs, affiliations, physical presentation, affinities and or life station can and must have full self governing authority over their life and life choices. It is the ability to define ourselves and live in our truth unabashedly and without conforming to prescribed constraints. The goal of freedom is independence and the key is education. America must ensure it lives up to its promise of freedom by ensuring each and every person is afforded the opportunity to exist independently on their own terms and provided the education to do so. My freedom comes from the confidence my parents instilled in me to be unafraid to live my life bold and unafraid. My mother set an example of what it is to exercise your freedom as a black woman in this country. My father raised me with the fortitude to stand up to infractions against my rights. They never stopped reinforcing that education in this country makes the difference in one's ability to experience freedom in its purest form. I live in those principles and pass them down to my own children and those around me. If freedom is to be realized, it must be actively exercised.” DR. RHONDA SKILLERN JONES FORMER HCC BOARD TRUSTEE — DISTRICT II

Former Judge Grant Dorfman Discusses What Freedom Means

FORMER JUDGE GRANT DORFMAN: “Freedom is the natural state of Man, gifted to us by God as a cornerstone of our covenant. Freedom allows us to explore and develop our God-given talent and to become whatever our ability and hard work can conspire to achieve. But like the covenant more generally, our inheritance of freedom entails responsibilities too. The French philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau famously wrote of his time that "Man is born free, but he is everywhere in chains." As a public official, I tried to be mindful always that government should be the servant of the people and never their master. I believe that is what our Founders intended, and the basis upon which they built our Constitution. And I believe that all of us have a special role and duty as citizens to police our government and ensure that it strives always to work within the limits imposed by the Constitution and our laws, so that Ronald Reagan's words remain true: "We are a nation that has a government -- not the other way around." HONORABLE GRANT DORFMAN FORMER JUDGE FOR THE 334TH CIVIL DISTRICT COURT

Kathy Blueford Daniels Shares Her Thoughts on Freedom

KATHY BLUEFORD DANIELS: “Freedom means not being imprisoned or enslaved -- mentally or physically. To believe that blacks, browns, and LGBTQ+ people receive equality. That everyone is able to achieve prosperity and greatness without hindrance or judgment from others. Freedom means assurance that our black and brown children are provided equal educational opportunities as children attending suburban schools. Freedom means our legal system and the religious beliefs of others does not “continue” to the minimize Constitutional Rights of those based on skin color or economic status. Freedom also means picking up the baton from those who bled and died for future generational opportunities. As a Gold Star aunt, I know freedom is not FREE!” KATHY BLUEFORD DANIELS HISD SCHOOL BOARD TRUSTEE — DISTRICT II

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to redeem us from the The Bible clearly teaches penalty of our sins and to give new life to anyone who that “All have sinned and would accept Him. fallen short of the glory of “For the law of the Spirit God.” (Romans 3:23). This of life in Christ Jesus has set means that everyone has chosen to violate God’s stan- you free from the law of sin dards, as written in the Scrip- and death.” (Romans 8:2) Biblical Christianity instructs us that in Christ we tures, and is enslaved to sin are free to practice whatever is good, right, honorable, holy and pure. Our liberty in Christ Jesus does and under God’s righteous not give us license to do as we please. “Live as free people, and do not use your freedom as a covering judgment. God sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, By Steven F. Hotze, M.D.

for evil, but use it as a servant of God.” (1 Peter 2:16) Atheistic Communism rejects God and His law, and exists in direct opposition to the revealed truth in the Bible. Communism exalts the totalitarian state and its rulers as the final arbiters of right and wrong. Biblical Christianity exalts God as the Sovereign Ruler of the universe. His laws and standards have the ultimate authority on how an individual should conduct himself. Freedom and liberty for an individual, and for society at large, can only exist as we submit under the Sovereignty of Almighty God. “His Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom, and His dominion rules throughout all generations.” (Psalm 145:13) Where God’s law is forsaken, there is tyranny. “Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law strive with them.” (Proverbs 28:4) Opposition to tyranny is obedience to God. Christians must demonstrate the liberty that they have in Christ by opposing the forces of evil and wickedness that are seeking to destroy both Christianity and our American Constitutional Republic.

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