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Lina Hidalgo is Challenging Judge Ed Emmett in the race for Harris County Judge on November 6th.

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Lina Hidalgo

HIDALGO VERSUS EMMETT belief this person does not even have to be a licensed attorney. However, the Texas Constitution does require that this person be knowledgeable of the laws that govern our state. So how knowledgeable is knowledgeable enough? This is a tricky question, but if you ask Judge Ed Emmett, he's going to tell you that he's the only person in the Tuesday, November 6, 2018, Midterm Election running for Harris County Judge who is

THE RED CHECK SYMBOL MEANS THIS PARTICULAR CANDIDATE IS ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE! Judge Maria T. Jackson is asking for your vote in the race for Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place1. Judge Michelle Slaughter is asking for your vote in the race for Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 8 in Texas. Justice Jennifer Caughey is asking for your vote in the race for 1st Court of Appeals District, Place 9 in Texas.

Judge Ed Emmett

The person sitting in the position of Harris County Judge is widely considered to be perhaps the most powerful person in all of Harris County, Texas. In case you don't know, the Harris County Judge, in essence, is the Chief Executive of Harris County. And this person is in charge of our emergency management system. While a voting member on commissioners court and the overseer of all county government departments -- contrary to popular

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knowledgeable enough to serve as the Harris County Judge of the third largest county in the nation in terms of population. On the other hand, if you ask Lina Hidalgo she will tell you that she's more than prepared to handle 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," asks Harris County Judge Ed Emmett.

Judge Brett Busby is asking for your vote in the race for Justice, 14th Court of Appeals District, Place 3 in Texas. Attorney Richard Hightower is asking for your vote in the race for Justice, 1st Court of Appeals District, Place 8 in Texas. Attorney Latosha Lewis Payne is asking for your vote in the race for District Judge, 55th Judicial District Court. Attorney DaSean Jones is asking for your vote in the race for District Judge, 180th Judicial District Court. Former Judge Renee Magee is asking for your vote in the race for District Judge, 184th Judicial District Court. Attorney Abigail Anastasio is asking for your vote in the race for District Judge, 184th Judicial District Court.

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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

PEAKE VERSUS FLOWERS ATTORNEY PEAKE

ATTORNEY FLOWERS

Attorney Sandra Peake received 132,555 votes to earn the Democratic nomination back in the Tuesday, March 6, 2018 Democratic Party Primary for Harris County, Texas. Attorney Melanie Flowers defeated fellow Republican Alyssa Lemkuil to earn the Republican nomination in the race for Family District Judge, 257th Judicial District Court. Both Peake and Flowers are veteran Family Law Attorneys. In case you don’t know, early voting will begin on Monday, October 22, 2018, and end on Friday, November 2, 2018.

Attorney Sharon Hemphill is asking for your vote in the race for District Judge, 189th Judicial District Court. Attorney Scot “dolli’ Dillinger is asking for your vote in the race for District Judge, 189th Judicial District Court. Judge Debra Ibarra Mayfield is asking for your vote in the race for District Judge, 190th Judicial District Court. Attorney Beau Miller is asking for your vote in the race for District Judge, 190th Judicial District Court in Harris County.

EARLY VOTING STARTS ON OCTOBER 22, 2018 AND ENDS ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2018

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AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “These Nineteen African-American women have already made history as part of the largest field of African-American female judicial candidates ever nominated by any political party anywhere in the United States of America.”

EARLY VOTING STARTS OCTOBER 22ND

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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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 is the first African-American Woman to Ever Serve as a Family Court Judge in the history of Harris County, Texas.”

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THE RED CHECK SYMBOL MEANS THIS PARTICULAR CANDIDATE IS ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE IN THE 2018 MIDTERM ELECTION IN HARRIS COUNTY, TX Attorney Clinton “Chip’ Wells is asking for your vote in the race for Family District Judge, 312th Judicial District Court.

Judge Wesley Ward is asking for your vote in the race for District Judge, 234th Judicial District Court in Harris County.

Judge Paula Goodhart is asking for your vote in the race for Judge, County Criminal Court at Law #1.

Attorney Dedra Davis is asking for your vote in the race for District Judge, 270th Judicial District Court in Harris County.

Attorney Ronnisha Bowman is asking for your vote in the race for Judge, County Criminal Court at Law #2

Attorney Donna Roth is asking for your vote in the race for District Judge, 295th Judicial District Court in Harris County.

Attorney Erica Hughes is asking for your vote in the race for Judge, County Criminal Court at Law #3.

Judge Roy L. Moore is asking for your vote in the race for Family District Judge, 245th Judicial District Court.

Attorney Shannon Baldwin is asking for your vote in the race for Judge, County Criminal Court at Law #4.

Attorney Angela Graves Harrington is asking for your vote in the race for Family District Judge, 246th Judicial District Court.

Attorney Toria J. Finch is asking for your vote in the race for Judge, County Criminal Court at Law #9.

Judge John Schmude is asking for your vote in the race for Family District Judge, 247th Judicial District Court. Attorney Janice Berg is asking for your vote in the race for Family District Judge, 247th Judicial District Court. Attorney Sandra Peake is asking for your vote in the race for Family District Judge, 257th Judicial District Court. Judge Angelina Gooden is asking for your vote in the race for Family District Judge, 280th Judicial District Court. Judge James Lombardino is asking for your vote in the race for Family District Judge, 308th Judicial District Court. Judge Sheri Y. Dean is asking for your vote in the race for Family District Judge, 309th Judicial District Court.

Attorney Sedrick T. Walker II is asking for your vote in the race for Judge, County Criminal Court at Law #11. Attorney Cassandra Hollemon is asking for your vote in the race for Judge, County Criminal Court at Law #12. Former Judge Roger Bridgwater is asking for your vote in the race for Judge, County Criminal Court at Law #15. Attorney Tonya Jones is asking for your vote in the race for Judge, County Criminal Court at Law #15. Judge Loyd Wright is asking for your vote in the race for Judge, Harris County Probate Court at Law #1. Attorney Ray Black is asking for your vote in the race for Judge, Harris County Probate Court at Law #2.

Attorney Linda M. Dunson is asking for your vote in the race for Family District Judge, 309th Judicial District Court.

Judge Christine Riddle Butts is asking for your vote in the race for Judge, Harris County Probate Court at Law #4.

Attorney Sonya Heath is asking for your vote in the race for Family District Judge, 310th Judicial District Court.

Judge George Barnstone is asking for your vote in the race for Judge, Harris County Civil Court at Law #1.

Judge Alicia Franklin York is asking for your vote in the race for Family District Judge, 311th Judicial District Court.

Attorney Jim Kovach is asking for your vote in the race for Judge, Harris County Civil Court at Law #2.

Attorney Germaine Tanner is asking for your vote in the race for Family District Judge, 311th Judicial District Court.

Attorney Lashawn is asking for your vote in the race for Judge, Harris County Civil Court at Law #3.

Attorney Sophia Mafrige is asking for your vote in the race for Judge, Harris County Civil Court at Law #4. Attorney William “Bill’ McLeod is asking for your vote in the race for Judge, Harris County Civil Court at Law #4. Diane Trautman is asking for your vote in the race for Harris County Clerk on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Attorney Danyahel Norris is asking for your vote in the race for Harris County School Trustee, Position 6, Precinct #1. Adrian Garcia is asking for your vote in the race for Harris County Commissioner for Precinct 2 on November 6, 2018. Attorney Sharon M. Burney is asking for your vote in the race for Harris County Justice of the Peace Precinct 7, Place 2.

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Judge Marc Carter is asking for your vote in the race for District Judge, 228th Judicial District Court in Harris County.

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 just use them to obtain power and don’t really believe in their God-given abilities to chart their own destiny.

I am Loyd H. Wright and I’m asking for your vote in the race for Harris County Probate Court at Law #1 on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.


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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.

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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.

www.aubreyrtaylor.blogspot.com EARLY VOTING WILL BEGIN ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2018 AND END ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 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!”

“EARLY VOTING WILL BEGIN ON OCTOBER 22ND.”

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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EARLY VOTING WILL BEGIN ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2018 AND END ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 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!”

“EARLY VOTING WILL BEGIN ON OCTOBER 22ND.” 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.”

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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)

Nominee

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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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)

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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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State Representative, District 147 Thomas Wang (Republican)

Nominee Garnet F. Coleman (Democrat)

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State Representative, District 148

Ruben Villarreal (Republican)

Ryan T. McConnico (Republican)

Mary Ann Perez (Democrat)

Jessica Cristina Farrar (Democrat)

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

Nominee Gordon Goodman (Democrat)

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

Nominee Peter Kelly (Democrat)

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

Nominee Jerry Zimmerer (Democrat)

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“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.”

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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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!”

“EARLY VOTING WILL BEGIN ON OCTOBER 22ND.” 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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Jesse McClure and Danilo “Danny” Lacayo are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for District Judge, 182nd Judicial District Court in Harris County.

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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www.aubreyrtaylor.blogspot.com Mike McSpadden and Brian Warren are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for District Judge, 209th Judicial District Court.

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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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!”

“EARLY VOTING WILL BEGIN ON OCTOBER 22ND.”

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 leader on the highest Court of Criminal Appeals in our State. I am the stable even handed leader we need during times like these. I am Maria T. Jackson, I am asking for your vote, and I thank CRIMINAL APPEALS, PLACE 1 you in 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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Nominee Linda Marie Dunson (Democrat)

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Sheri Y. Dean and Linda Marie Dunson are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Family District Judge, 309th Judicial District Court.

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

Family District Judge, 314th 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.

Family District Judge, 311th 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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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!”

“EARLY VOTING WILL BEGIN ON OCTOBER 22ND.”

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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Nominee Roger Bridgwater and Tonya Jones are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Judge, Harris County Criminal Court at Law #15 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 Probate Court No. 2

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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Rory Robert Olsen and Jason Cox are the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Judge, Harris County Probate Court #3 on November 6, 2018.

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 Adrian 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!”

“EARLY VOTING WILL BEGIN ON OCTOBER 22ND.”

RACE FOR JUSTICE, 14TH COURT OF APPEALS

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

Nominee

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)

Nominee

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

Nominee

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)

Nominee

“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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AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “Early voting will begin on Monday, October 22, 2018, and end on Friday, November 2, 2018 for the 2018 Midterm Election. If for some reason you can’t vote during the early voting period, you will still be afforded the opportunity to cast your ballot on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 – if you’re registered to vote!”

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FORT BEND SPOTLIGHT

LET’S RE-ELECT MAYOR OWEN!

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

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!

H.R. "Buddy" Snyder Angie Wierzbicki Chris Preston 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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"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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Primary Endorsements for Scot “Dolli” Dollinger

BAY AREA NEW DEMOCRATS AREA FIVE DEMOCRATS TEJANO DEMOCRATS, HARRIS COUNTY TEXAS COALITION OF BLACK DEMOCRATS - HARRIS COUNTY HARRIS COUNTY LABOR ASSEMBLY C.O.P.E., AFL - CIO COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA 6222 (CWA) HOUSTON GLBT POLITICAL CAUCUS OUR REVOLUTION - HARRIS COUNTY CHAPTER TEXAS PROGRESSIVE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HOUSTON CHRONICLE BAY AREA DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT MEXICAN AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION OF HOUSTON

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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...Harris County, Texas

EVERY VOTE WILL COUNT

“EARLY VOTING WILL BEGIN ON OCTOBER 22ND.”

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

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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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

INTEGRITY

READY TO SERVE

“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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...Harris County, Texas

EVERY VOTE WILL COUNT

“EARLY VOTING WILL BEGIN ON OCTOBER 22ND.” 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

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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WHERE FAMILIES ALWAYS COME FIRST!

Judge Roy L. Moore 245th District Court

JUDGE ROY L. MOORE’S EDUCATION: South Texas College of Law (J.D., 1990) Southern Methodist University (B.S. — Engineering, 1985)

JUDGE ROY L. MOORE IS LICENSED TO PRACTICE IN THE FOLLOWING COURTS: All State Courts in Texas

JUDGE ROY L. MOORE’S EMPLOYMENT:

Judge, 245th District Court, Harris County, Texas (January 2011 — Present) Associate Judge, 245th District Court,(March 2007 — December 2010) Adjunct Professor, South Texas College of Law (Fall 2003 - present) Partner, Moore & Moore, L.L.P. (8/1/99 - 3/1/2007) Of Counsel, Gray & Moore, L.L.P. (1998 - 7/31/99)

EXPERIENCE

Law Offices of Roy L. Moore (1992-1998) Partner, Moore & Ziek (1991-1992) Roy L. Moore — Attorney at Law (1990-1991)

LEGAL ORGANIZATIONS/MEMBERSHIPS HELD BY JUDGE ROY L. MOORE

Board Certified Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists, Board Member 2002 - 2003, 2009-2010 Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists State of Texas Bar Association, Member: Family Law Section Houston Bar Association, Family Law Section, Board Member 2003 - 2006 Burta Rhodes Raborn Family Law Inn of Court College of the State Bar Texas State Guard JAG Corps, Captain Uniform Law Commission Observer, Family Law Arbitration Act, 2013 - 2016

Since being elected Presiding judge of the 245th Family District Court in 2010, Judge Roy L. Moore has relied upon his vast legal experience, passion for justice, and deeply engrained family values to resolve the technically and emotionally complex issues presented by matters of family law. Judge Moore aims to continue his mission of serving the families of his native Harris County through the power of the justice system. In a legal career spanning almost 30 years, Judge Moore has earned a reputation for his principled, dedicated and compassionate approach to the practice of family law. He has been Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2001, and promotes ethical and effective legal techniques through the numerous speeches and papers he presents across Texas. Judge Moore is a 5th generation Texan, and it is with a great sense of honor and privilege that he serves his home. Though his tireless efforts to secure justice and safety for Harris County families begin at the bench, they certainly do not end there. As a Captain in the Texas State Guard, Judge Moore is always prepared to provide aid to Texans when they need it most. With a constant eye toward the future, he has also sought to properly educate the next generations of Texan family lawyers by serving as an adjunct professor at the South Texas College of Law since 2003. Judge Moore’s commitment to providing justice to the families of Harris County is second only to his commitment to his own family. His wife Jenny and he have been married for 16 years, and have two children; Molly and Walker. As a father, Judge Moore teaches his children the same values he expects from himself and others in the courtroom: respect, responsibility, and integrity. Judge Moore graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1985 with a B.S. in Engineering. He later attended South Texas College of Law, where he earned his J.D. in 1990. He practiced family law for over 17 before his appointment as the Associate Judge of the 245th Family District Court in 2007.

COMPASSION

KEY ENDORSEMENTS: Houston Reality Business Coalition (HRBC) “C” Club of Houston Houston Metro Police Union – Fraternal Order of Police Houston Police Officers’ Union

INTEGRITY

Houston Association of Women Attorneys (AWA) Harris Count Courtroom Observers Mexican American Bar Association of Houston (MABA) Pasadena Bar Association

JUDGE ROY L. MOORE CARES ABOUT AMERICA’S FUTURE LEADERS!

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...Harris County, Texas

EVERY VOTE WILL COUNT

“EARLY VOTING WILL BEGIN ON OCTOBER 22ND.” 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.”

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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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.”

INTEGRITY

EXPERIENCE

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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EVERY VOTE WILL COUNT

“EARLY VOTING WILL BEGIN ON OCTOBER 22ND.” 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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EVERY VOTE WILL COUNT

“EARLY VOTING WILL BEGIN ON OCTOBER 22ND.” 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.”

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COMPASSION

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“EARLY VOTING WILL BEGIN ON OCTOBER 22ND.”

ATTORNEY MIGUEL SUAZO: “My opponent has proven to Texans that he cannot be the leader his name indicated he might be in terms of helping Texas recover from storms like Hurricane Harvey nor has he stepped-up to adequately prepare us for the next storm. When I am elected, I will be the highest-ranking elected official with a direct role in implementing housing programs for those displaced by storms and the lead elected official with respect to coastal protection. I will make sure that every Texan knows that I am where the buck stops on these issues. Commissioner Bush has put together white papers but hasn't taken meaningful action on these white papers. I'm running to be the catalyst for action on storm preparation and recovery and to work with local leaders who are also calling for preventative and proactive action on this issue. The Land Commissioner must step up to lead on this issue for the entire state."

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 COMMISSIONER OF THE GENERAL LAND OFFICE 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, defense attorney, and judge. As a prosecutor and de-

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fense 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.”

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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.”

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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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“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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“SANDRA AND I ENCOURAGE YOU TO VOTE FOR MARIA T. JACKSON” - BURT lEVINE

The Early Voting Period Begins October 22 for Texas’ most contested 2018 State races

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By Burt Levine

Texas, America’s second largest state in both population and geographic area, is growing so much with new people powering here from everywhere on earth and across America, it will pick up more new Congress Members in the next Census than any other state. This fall one of its U.S. Senators, all 36 US House Seats, some “in-play” State Senate Seats, and all 150 Texas House Seats are on the Midterm ballot. Early Vote begins Monday, October 22 at 46 Early Vote sites across Harris County. Texas in the only state to feature two separate courts of final appeals, criminal and civil and to allow its (more than 15 million) registered voters to pick who sits on those courts. Judge Maria Jackson, reelected to her third four-year term as a Harris County District Court Judge in 2016, is running for Presiding Judge of the Court of Criminal Appeals against Sharon Keller who has been there since the 1994 Republican Revolution and, since then, has been riddled with a litany of ethics issues to bog her down. Many pro-police and pro-property rights groups that usually don’t endorse Democrats have endorsed Judge Maria Jackson in her bid to unseat Judge Keller in the 2018 Midterm Election. Harris County District Judge Ramona Franklin, elected to her first term back in 2016 as judge, is running for Place 7 on the nine-member court against Barbara Parker Hervey. If elected, both Jackson and Franklin will become the first African American woman ever to serve on this court for the respective benches for which they’re running. Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Elsa Alcala has chosen not to run for another second six-year term and running to succeed her unopposed by a Democrat, is Galveston County District Judge Michelle Slaughter. Slaughter won her second Galveston County-wide term in 2016, and this past March won 52.84 percent in her Republican State-wide Primary

against three opponents – and will face a Libertarian opponent on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, by the name of Mark Ash. Supreme Court Justice Jimmy Blacklock was appointed to the Texas (Civil) Supreme Court back in January by Gov. Greg Abbott to succeed Don Willett who was appointed to the federal bench. Blacklock was Abbott’s General Counsel and immediately was then on a primary ballot. His now opponent is Harris County District Judge Steven Kirkland, former Houston Municipal Judge, who has bragged in each of his races should he win the election he’d be the first openly gay judge to serve. Supreme Court Justice John Devine, a revered Christian Conservative married father to seven children and a former Harris County District Judge, beat Supreme Court Justice David Medina in 2011 in a hotly contested Republican Primary Run-off. He faces Harris County District Judge R.K. Sandill who if he wins will become the first Asian American/Indian American elected Statewide. Supreme Court Justice Jeff Brown, an Eagle Scout, and son of a Dallas Police Officer is a former Harris County District Judge and Appeals Court Justice running for the bench he was appointed to by Governor Rick Perry in 2013. His opponent Kathy Cheng, a Houston lawyer; she would become the first Asian American/Chinese American elected Statewide. Paul Bettencourt is a Texas State Senator and a former Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector. Senator Bettencourt is running for his second term to serve in the seat in which he succeeded his mentor Dan Patrick. Randy Orr is challenging State Senator and former State Rep. John Whitmire. And in one the most contested Texas State Senate races outside of the Dallas area, current State Senator Joan Huffman, who also happens to be a former Harris County Criminal District Judge is being challenged by Rita Lucido.

In the Spring/Klein area businessman, Sam Harless is running for the State Rep. seat his wife Patricia Harless retired from back in 2016. She was succeeded then by Kevin Roberts who was beaten by Ret. US Navy SEAL Dan Crenshaw, an Afghanistan Purple Heart recipient back in the May 22 GOP Run-off to succeed retiring US Rep. Ted Poe. This fall Crenshaw faces businessman Todd Litton. ABOUT BURT LEVINE

Burt Levine has been covering the world of politics from a non-partisan perspective for over two decades. Born outside of Chicago, Burt is no stranger to the inner workings of the political world. He earned his Journalism Public Relations BA from the University of Louisiana. He served America during the First Gulf War in the US Navy with US Marine Corps Fighter Wings. And Burt Levine later served Texas and our country in public affairs with the Texas Army and Texas Air National Guard. Burt Levine fervently flies the Flag for Faith, Family, an open and fair free Market and Free Enterprise. This proud veteran, along with his wife Sandra, enjoys a passion for public relations – with a specialization in the areas of government and business relations. Over the years, Burt has represented political candidates, construction companies, commercial realty groups, and many public law firms to his credit. Burt Levine, and his wife Sandra, a Registered Nurse, are proud to call Houston their home. They are both actively involved with their congregation, veterans groups, chambers of commerce and are most proud of their daughters Chelsea and Samantha. Burt Levine is also proud to serve as a political analyst and regular contributor to Houston Business Connections Newspaper©. He can be contacted by email at burtjlevine@comcast.net and by phone at (832)496.0003 for more information.

HERE ARE JUST A FEW OF JUDGE MARIA T. JACKSON’S 2018 ENDORSEMENTS:

Burt Levine and his wife Sandra Renee Levine

Dallas Morning News State Bar Of Texas “Judicial Poll” 2018 Winner ABLA: AUSTIN Black Lawyers Association AWA: Association Of Women Attorneys HBAA: Hispanic Bar Association Of Austin MABA: Mexican American Bar Association Of Houston MABA: Mexican American Bar Association Of Dallas PBA: Pasadena Bar Association Baptist Ministers Association of Houston & Vicinity Stonewall Democrats Tejano Democrats of Harris County CWA: Communications Workers of America Harris County Courtroom Observers Coastal Bend Labor Council Teamsters Local 988 Texas AFl – CIO GLBT Political Caucus Area 5 Democrats

Judge Maria T. Jackson

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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.

Christine Butts, Judge

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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“EARLY VOTING WILL BEGIN ON OCTOBER 22ND.” 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 Of-

ficer or otherwise worked in Law Enforcement, I will Those who suffer from mental challenges need to listen to ALL people before the bench and will never be identified as such; treated fairly and receive rule based upon treatment. This is a court where I can RACE FOR JUDGE, COUNTY use my commitment to the community what a person says simply beCRIMINAL COURT AT LAW #12 and love of the law. I am aware of and cause of their understand what happens in Court can job, title or economic status. I chose to run for mishave a major impact on a person's future. Hence, I demeanor court because the people before these believe in alternative sentencing that is doable; encourts are charged with what some may call minor hancing and has a purpose and not just punishoffenses as opposed to felonies and many are firstment. I believe in accountability along with time offenders. These individuals are at a crossrehabilitation and see this as a win-win solution and roads in their lives and need to be re-directed. our communities are made safer.”

“FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN FAMILY DISTRICT COURT JUDGE IN HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS.”

KEEP JUDGE

ANGELINA

GOODEN 280TH FAMILY

DISTRICT COURT

“I have spent my legal career focusing on the specific purpose of this court — protective orders. With my 28 years of working in the domestic violence arena, I have the experience this court requires to handle one of the most sensitive aspects of family law. I am the candidate that has this unique experience. As the current Judge, I give the time, respect and consideration these cases demand and deserve.”

ABOUT JUDGE ANGELINA GOODEN Appointed by Governor Greg Abbott as Judge of the 280th Family District Court.

28 years practicing family law prior to taking the bench as the first African-American

woman to ever serve as a Family District Court Judge in the history of Harris County.

11 years as a contract attorney with domestic abuse agency.

Former board member of a local domestic violence shelter.

Married to Elijah for over 28 years, mother of four, grandmother of three. Proud daughter of Navy Veterans.

Please vote to keep Judge Angelina Gooden on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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“EARLY VOTING WILL BEGIN ON OCTOBER 22ND.”

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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D

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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“EARLY VOTING WILL BEGIN ON OCTOBER 22ND.”

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.

B

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!

P O L . A D V. B E A U M I L L E R C A M PA I G N , I N V O L U N TA R Y C O M P L I A N C E W I T H T H E L I M I T S O F T H E J U D I C I A L C A M PA I G N FA I R N E S S A C T.


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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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Attorney Ronnisha K. Bowman Shares Why She’s the Best Candidate in her Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Midterm Election Race with Aubrey R. Taylor, Publisher of Houston Business Connections Newspaper©

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Why should voters in Harris County, Texas cast their ballot for you over your opponent on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, in the Midterm Election? ATTORNEY RONNISHA BOWMAN: “I am eager to serve the citizens of Harris County with impartiality. I am a fresh face to the bench and an experienced criminal defense attorney. Serving as a judge for several decades can cause judges to become jaded, and, therefore, disregard the severe consequences to those affected by their apathy. It is important that we have unbiased and well-rounded judges overseeing the court. I have the temperament and real-world experience to serve the citizens of Harris County with compassion and true justice. I will adhere to the laws as written. Being firm yet fair, I will evenhandedly work to ensure that no person is pressured to enter plea agreements because of oppressive bond amounts. I will make informed decisions to ensure the punishment fits the crime and all people receive indiscriminate treatment.”

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: In your opinion, why is it important for all registered voters to cast a ballot on November 6, 2018?

ATTORNEY RONNISHA BOWMAN: “A true democracy requires every person to cast a ballot to reflect their opinions. Voter disenfranchisement is still very present to ensure the government is controlled by a small group. For citizens, voting and serving on jury duty are citizens most fundamental participation in our government. I encourage all people to vote often, vote your conscious and vote for change. Participate in government, make informed decisions and encourage others to become involved as well.”

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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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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


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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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“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

EVERY VOTE WILL COUNT

“EARLY VOTING WILL BEGIN ON OCTOBER 22ND.”

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

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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RO H Donna

295TH

FOR DISTRICT JUDGE

CIVIL DISTRICT COURT A Privilege to Serve

Backed by a belief that justice and fair play are the fundamental values of the United States and Texas Constitutions, Donna is running for Judge of the 295th Civil District Court. “I believe in the rule of law and ensuring that each case which comes before the court is presided over with integrity, accountability and equality. It would be an honor and privilege to serve on the bench,” she says. Donna believes in giving back to the community. She serves as a moot court/mock trial judge for students at South Texas College of Law and provides pro bono legal services to abused women. She volunteered for many years at JFK Elementary, mentoring weekly, 4th grade students, helping each student participate in mock trial at the civil courthouse in the presentation of "The Case of the Missing Cookies". Donna also served on the Board of Directors of the Houston Trial Lawyers' Foundation, and served as HTLF's gala chair benefiting Shriner's Children Hospital.

Endorsements:

Houston Association of Women Attorneys Mexican American Bar Association Pasadena Bar Association GLBTQ Caucus Baptist Ministers Association of Houston and Vicinity Northeast Baptist Ministers of Houston AFL-CIO

AN EXPERIENCED ATTORNEY WITH A PASSION FOR JUSTICE Experienced Attorney

• Cum laude graduate, South Texas College of Law • More than 30 years of civil trial experience • Thousands of cases tried or settled both in mediation and through negotiation • Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization • American Board of Trial Advocates Member • First chair jury trial experience in the types of cases that come before the 295th Civil District Court • Principal of a downtown Houston firm practicing mostly civil trial litigation • Licensed in Texas, Washington and New York Community Focused

• Harris County resident for 32 years • Moot Court/Mock Trial Judge at South Texas College of Law, Houston • Houston Trial Lawyers Foundation Board of Directors • HTLF Gala Chair benefiting Shriner's Children Hospital • Houston Black American Democrats, Member • Houston GLBT Caucus, Member • Houston Young Democrats, Member • Harris County Democratic Party, Sustaining Member • Volunteer at JFK Elementary, mentoring 4th grade students • Pro bono legal representation of abused women • Meyerland Democrats, Member • Harris County Democratic Party Election Day legal counsel • Proud mother of a four-year lawyer Professional Commitment

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• State Bar of Texas, Member • Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Member and Director • Houston Bar Association, Member • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member • Association of Women Attorneys, Member • Harris County Democratic Lawyers Association, Member and Director • Mexican American Bar Association of Houston, Member and Director Pol. ad. paid for by Donna Roth for Judge Campaign, Andrea S. Roth, Treasurer, in compliance with the voluntary limits of the Judicial Campaign Fairness Act


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...Harris County, Texas

EVERY VOTE WILL COUNT

“EARLY VOTING WILL BEGIN ON OCTOBER 22ND.”

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

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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“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.”

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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

INTEGRITYFEXPERIENCEFDILIGENCE

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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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“EARLY VOTING WILL BEGIN ON OCTOBER 22ND.”

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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Hemphill Sharon

“I’M ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE.”

Sharon Hemphill, J.D., LL.M.

Attorney at Law, Juris Doctorate, (J.D.) and Master's Degree in Law (LL.M.) Board Certified - F.L., Texas Board of Legal Specialization Former Briefing Attorney, the Supreme Court of Texas Admitted to practice in Federal Courts and The Supreme Court of the United States

FOR JUDGE

SHARON HEMPHILL IS THE RIGHT CHOICE LL.M. Masters of Law, University of Houston Law Center Advanced Professional Studies, Harvard Law School Juris Doctorate of Law (J.D.), University of Houston Law Center Bachelor of Science (B.S.), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

189TH CIVIL DISTRICT COURT

A judge must respect everyone and conduct the court with dignity, knowledge, fairness.

Please join me at my Campaign Fundraiser on Wed., October 17, 2018 at La Grigilia located at 2002 W. Gray Street in Houston, TX 77019

POLITICS HAS NO PLACE IN OUR COURTROOMS

The scales of justice are a symbol of fairness. And I want you to know that diligence should be rewarded, all lawyers respected, and justice will prevail when I’m elected as your judge for the 189th Civil District Court on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 in Harris County, Texas. A vote for Sharon Hemphill is a vote to promote consistent conservative principles where each lawyer and client is treated with respect and dignity consistent with constitutional principles. Early voting begins on Monday, October 22, 2018 and ends on Friday, November 2, 2018. However, if you can’t vote early, you can still cast your vote for Sharon Hemphill on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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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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EVERY VOTE WILL COUNT

“EARLY VOTING WILL BEGIN ON OCTOBER 22ND.” 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 DISTRICT JUDGE, 247TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

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.”

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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CONTRARY TO COMMON BELIEF, A PROBATE COURT EXISTS TO ASSIST THE LIVING, NOT THE DEAD, SO ANY CANDIDATE FOR PROBATE JUDGE NEEDS A DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE OVER A WIDE RANGE OF LEGAL ISSUES. RAY BLACK IS THAT CANDIDATE.

AS PROBATE JUDGE, RAY BLACK WILL: Follow the law Not legislate from the bench Be fair and courteous to all who appear in court Run an efficient court

EDUCATION

Baylor University, 1990 (BBA; double major in Finance and Real Estate) - Member: Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity South Texas College of Law, Houston, 1994 (JD; cum laude) - Member: South Texas Law Review (Assistant Note and Comment Editor) - Published as a law student: Comment, “Mary Carter Agreements Are Void in Texas as Contrary to Public Policy, Elbaor v. Smith, 845 S.W.2d 240 (Tex. 1992)” - 35 S.Tex. Law Rev. 183 (1994) - Recipient: Best Article Award for South Texas Law Review - Order of the Lytae - While in law school: Internship, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Hon. Charles F. Baird (1993)

PROFESSIONAL

The Black Law Firm (2005–present) Cenatiempo & Ditta, L.L.P., Houston, Texas (and its predecessor), Partner (1995–2005) Briefing Attorney, Court of Appeals, Second Judicial District of Texas, Hon. Hal M. Lattimore (1994-95)

Memberships: - State Bar of Texas - Houston Bar Association - Garland Walker Inns of Court - Attorneys in Tax and Probate - Disability and Elder Law Attorneys Association (DELAA) - Board member - Certified by State Bar of Texas to serve as attorney/ guardian ad litem - Frequently appointed as attorney ad litem, guardian ad litem, guardian, and administrator. Has managed multi-million dollar estates Practice is primarily complex probate, trust and guardianship administration, and fiduciary litigation Frequent author/speaker at Continuing Legal Education seminars

PERSONAL

4th generation Texan Little League coach and umpire, soccer coach Parent volunteer at children’s school Married to Catherine Two Children: Reid and Christopher (CJ)

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EVERY VOTE WILL COUNT

“EARLY VOTING WILL BEGIN ON OCTOBER 22ND.” 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.”

COMPASSION FAIRNESS EXPERIENCE

CARTER RE-ELECT JUDGE MARC

228TH CRIMINAL DISTRICT COURT

Re-elect Judge Marc Carter for the 228th District Court of Harris County on November 6, 2018

Judge Marc Carter has been the presiding judge of the 228TH District Court of Harris County, Texas since back in 2003 when Governor Rick Perry appointed him. In his time as district court judge, he has presided over the court with concern and compassion in serving the needs of the community of Harris County, Texas. Judge Carter is the creator of the Harris County Veteran’s Court, the very first program of its kind in the United States. This program is designed to intercept our combat veterans who, having suffered inconceivable trauma in war, and providing them with the assistance and direction they need instead of incarceration. In 2016, Judge Carter was awarded the prestigious William H. Rehnquist Award for

Judicial Excellence, which specifically recognizes a State Court Judge who possesses integrity, fairness, open-mindedness, intellectual court, and sound judgment. In 2018 the NAACP Veterans Task Force named Judge Marc Carter as the recipient of the 2018 Jesse Brown Distinguished Leadership Award. Judge Carter is being recognized by the NAACP Veterans Task Force for his military service, judicial excellence, courage, compassion, and desire to help veterans who need rehabilitation and reconciliation as an alternative to incarceration.

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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

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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“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.”

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

A VOTE FOR CHRIS DANIEL IS A VOTE TO KEEP HARRIS COUNTY STRONG!

PAID POL. AD BY CHRIS DANIEL CAMPAIGN

REMEMBER HARVEY?

By Chris Daniel Harris County District Clerk

Technology and Engineering Foresight saved the day during Hurricane Harvey.

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.

ing 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 ef-

forts 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.

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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 dur-

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EVERY VOTE WILL COUNT

“RE-ELECT CHRIS DANIEL ON NOV. 6, 2018.”

Chris Daniel Discusses Why He’s the Best Candidate; Why You Should Vote on Tuesday, November 6, 2018

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Why

should voters in Harris County, Texas cast their ballot for you over your opponent on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, in the Midterm Election?

DISTRICT CLERK CHRIS DANIEL: “I am the hardest working district clerk in the state of Texas, running the largest District Clerk office. I am trained for the job, as a lawyer & an engineer—through which I have spearheaded a wide variety of technology advances to vastly improve the office & save taxpayer money: including electronic filings & courts, electronic jury management, online background checks, passports, and online notifications. We have one of the most diverse offices in Harris County and thanks to Commissioner’s Court we now pay a “living wage” for all starting full-time employees of approximately fifteen dollars an hour or more. Despite previous budget crunches placed on my office by Com-

missioners Court, we have never had to furlough or lay off employees, unlike many other county agencies. And thanks to the technology I pushed into the courthouse, during Hurricane Harvey, we never lost a single record or went down online. Instead, I helped keep justice afloat and operating. We are at a vital crossroads at the office with many exciting projects in progress. Now is not the time to change leadership for an unqualified candidate without real legal experience."

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: In your opinion, why is it important for all registered voters to cast a ballot on Tuesday, November 6, 2018?

DISTRICT CLERK CHRIS DANIEL: “Voting is a fundamental right of all Americans. Our founding fathers in-

tended that everyone participate in their government. The most basic way anyone can participate, is by voting. Thanks to early voting, it is now easier than ever to be a part of your government. We all have a responsibility to elect good leaders. This responsibility includes vetting those who run and seeking the most qualified. When we don’t vote, we are not taking responsibility for who we might have as leaders. We disregard our basic constitutional duty at our peril. Poor leaders are almost always the result, and we all have to live with the consequences. So many have sacrificed for us to have this basic rights. Do not let those that fought for civil rights, women suffrage, etc. down. Don’t let those who fought for our freedom in every American conflict, die in vain. Vote: because our very future as a county, state, and nation depends upon it. I’ll vote to ensure good governance; I’ll vote for the future of my two small children. Will you do your part and vote too?”

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”!

www.aubreyrtaylor.blogspot.com

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“OPEN LETTER” EVERY VOTE COUNTS! — HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS NEWSPAPER© “OPEN LETTER” TO HARRIS COUNTY VOTERS

And Now, A Different Kind of Candidate Letter from Judicial Candidate William “Bill” McLeod

M

Hello Harris County:

My name is Bill McLeod, William “Bill” McLeod, and I’m on your November ballot. I am a proud Democratic candidate running for a judicial position right here in Harris County. And I want to make a difference in our community, by using my life experiences to assist me in my quest to fight for a better world. To understand who I am -- why I believe what I believe and why I am running to represent you in our courts -- there are some things you need to know about me. So I want/need to take this moment to talk directly to voters in Harris County, Texas. The things I want to discuss aren’t all easy to talk about, but they are all very important to me. And if I am going to pursue elected office to make a difference, I want to dive right into them, no matter how difficult they might be, because that is how we make progress.

Let’s start here: I was born with white privilege. It’s a fact, a fact we don’t talk about enough. I see the racism and inequity of our system. I abhor it. But I am still privileged.

My best use of that privilege is to: acknowledge, understand and leverage my privilege for justice instead of personal gain by staying in my lane in the fight. My journey toward a louder and louder acknowledgment of my privilege and the fight against racism started from day one because I grew up around pain. As a child, I was repeatedly bullied, and called names including “adoptee boy.” My pronouncing of words and names has gotten better, those that know me today, yes, it is better. I felt pain. My red hair and my learning troubles where not yet celebrated by me as that space was lonely inside and very frightening and not understood, I grew up in the 1960’s. Sometimes I see that despair in our young children today, I worry, and that stirs me to anger as I do not believe that any child should suffer alone and hide the darkness they feel behind tears. But that darkness is their light, as it was mine when nurtured with understanding and support, being embraced in that lonely place is freeing and can unleash an amazing life journey. Even if a child does not seem to be reaching out, he or she is, trust me I know, so take the time and listen to a child that seems to be going down the wrong path, it is a cry for love, understanding, and help that we mustn’t push aside. When I read words as a kid, they jumped around like James Harden driving to the hoop, I could not read from the pages of a book, but hold the book up in the mirror, I was good! I couldn’t understand why I had so much trouble when my two amazing brothers and my beautiful, loving sister were all so smart. No matter how hard I tried, these things didn’t change. They were things I could not change about myself, things I simply had to deal with and personally overcome, never have wanted sympathy, as a matter of fact, I never have written about my personal space, but felt the time was right and important to

share. I hope only that my sharing more about me helps those who look at me as a distraction, start to see my force as their force to be reckoned with by those who want to discount instead of build. I have one brother who is still with us, And, his struggle with addiction has been painful for him. My love for my brother, caring for him in his space is personal as he growths through his pain, it is my pain also as is the pain of losing a sibling. My sister who I to this day admire and cherish go to her at the drop of a hat for support when needed at any time for any reason she is there for me as is her loving husband. You see as kids our family was torn apart, and we were separated. The pain of being away from my sister lives with me, as does the loss of my oldest brother. But guess who took me to a place of healing and understanding my sister, which I will always love her for her strength and unyielding love she has for me. We have cried a lot of tears together and spread to many ashes. And I knew others had pain, and it angered me. It made me who I am: someone who fights against those who say that someone is different. Or “scary.” Or “not us.” Every time a racist politician uses a dog whistle, it reminds me why I am in this fight. I want everyone to feel the opposite of that pain. I want them to feel the love they deserve just for being human. Nearly a decade ago I found myself in a place where I felt that kind of love, a beautiful, caring, loving church, an African American church. I love my church family and always will, and they feel the same about me. I know the safety our church brings to our members. Almost seven years after of being in the sanctuary on Sunday mornings, our men’s Sunday school group was opened to me, which was a deep expression of trust and love, I honor and respect to this day. My life has grown immeasurably because of the love and openness of the sharing and expressions of understanding of the world experiences that so many of my church brothers have shared, allowing me the honor of


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being in their space, not to affirm but to listen, laugh with and grow together.

The Crossing has always been there for me and together Denise, and I attended our church until

she was laid to rest after a lengthy battle with cancer. Our church family was always there for my soulmate Denise, who I loved very deeply in life, who had to leave me. But before she did, she gave me so much love to share with the world; I can only honor that gift every day which brings peace to my soul.

Cancer is evil; it takes beautiful people away from us before their time for no reason. But cancer does not discriminate. It’s our health care system that discriminates. Denise had to continue working after her diagnosis because of the much needed and unaffordable treatment if she did not have the company insurance, a luxury few people have -- and can afford. After a few months, with her health declining, her company fired her and told her she could go on Cobra, if you did not know Cobra ends, and does not wait for our health to improve the days go fast with the feeling of desperation on your heart, that desperation was on mine. What we went through was something no one should ever have to deal with. Especially while they are fighting for their life. So when I express my beliefs about health care as a human right and not a privilege, that’s the passion you hear in my voice. I am speaking for those whose voices that have been silenced by the injustice, called a health care system we are currently under -- and yes, I do mean under. But I believe a new day is coming! Please do not mistake my brokenheart for anger, but understand: while I have passionately fought for real healthcare support, Republicans in the State of Texas continue to slash social programs and justify their behavior through demagogic scare tactics. The far right labels every policy to safeguard people from corporate corruption, the Insurance Industrial Complex, and pharmaceutical price fixing as “liberal socialist giveaways,” usually followed by a racist slur toward the black community or immigrants who simply come here for a better life. Politicians who don’t see the need for people to have that kind of basic support fail the empathy test for public servants.

They spend time getting corporate handouts instead of handing out turkeys during the holidays. When they do charity, it’s to make themselves feel better, not fight poverty and hunger. It’s no way to run a county, and it’s no way to run a country. It’s not leadership. I want to make a difference, and I know making a difference means giving time and resources to those who need

them year-round. ANYONE who knows me from the day I stepped foot on the grounds of Thurgood Marshall School of Law knows I work hard and work long hours to succeed. For me, the difference is a strength. The people I have always gravitated toward have seen it that way, too. Special education for me and my other friends in elementary school was something that we needed to be wanted and thankful for its advantages. I do not see learning challenges as a flaw, but celebrate the ability to connect and a way to help make a difference in a person’s life. By helping a child hold on to their dreams and goals that are fortified in adulthood, long after the child moves on and no longer after the child can remember the community of angles making that difference is itself the magic of love. By making that child stronger, allowing a star in each child’s eye to shine in a way that might not have transpired is a blessing to everyone in our community. I will bring that same philosophy into the courtroom. I will bring value to our society and our community at large and ensure that EVERYONE has access to the RESOURCES of the court, that serves black and brown neighborhoods and other communities of color, and anyone else who comes before the bench, with fairness and justice. Amazingly, I have been criticized by Republicans in the past because I believe that outreach is the responsibility of elected official in the judiciary, and I will take the time to reach our communities right here in our backyards. The fight for justice includes social justice! Getting into neighborhoods and talking and listening with the people of Harris County about what they see, feel, struggle with and the victories that are theirs to own matters.

Fighting the school-toprison pipeline matters. Fighting income inequality matters. Our continued fight for all of our marginalized communities matters. Fighting for excellence, and equal education for every child matters. Continuing to fight for “ALL” of our neighborhood schools matters. I think you get my feelings on needing to stand up and fight for what is right and not what is easy.

The system (i.e., money) in place is and has been out of control, doing nothing but attacking our national treasures: our children. Our Black and Brown schools are particularly under attack, threatened with closure by the Texas Education Agency. Our schools have increasingly become militarized, even as they have become more underfunded. Police, iron-fisted disciplinary measures, and early childhood suspension rob children of their future during early elementary school. High stakes testing reduces resources and strains their teachers. Schools get chartered by corporate giants or closed in favor of other corporate experiments that steal resources from our kids and hand deliver them to right-wing politicians in Austin’s greedy towers. Child detention centers open up at the same rate as private prison expansion, filling ICE contracts to enrich the donors of corporate class politicians. Right here in Houston, we’ve had to fight as a community with everything within us to make sure that defenseless children are protected, and are not jailed in a facility located on Emancipation Avenue -- just down the street from the home stadium of our world champion Houston Astros. There’s nothing more ironic than putting a baby jail on Emancipation Avenue, a street named for freedom. Our baseball team, down the street from a baby jail, celebrates home runs with thousands cheering the home team on. Shame on us! Where is the outrage? We should be calling for that place on 419 Emancipation Avenue to be closed immediately. As should all of the other baby jails in existence, and the ones currently being built or in the works. And to make matters worse, the contractor, Southwest Key, is a $478 million per year non-profit with a CEO who makes roughly $1.5 million per year in salary. Southwest Key previously hired a border guard who only escaped child pornography charges due to the statute of limitations. They also want to put a charter school on-premise so they can reduce the corporate school to prison pipeline from a pipeline to a hallway, OMG this cannot be allowed! For all of these reasons is is why I am fighting. Children do not need to be separated from their families, treated as less-than, or arrested. They need to have people around to love them build and guide them, social growth programs which are added value to a child’s life at a fraction of the cost of detention

centers, juvenile homes and mass commoditized foster care centers. The curtains in my chambers, if I am so lucky to be elected by the people of Harris County, will remain open so anyone can see the true workings of blindfolded justice administered fairly and impartially. My heart tells me there is an urgency that we cannot just sit back and be unseen; I want to be as effective in the courtroom as I want to be outside the courtroom. To have the opportunity to touch the soul and hearts of all our communities in Harris County is a requirement of the job, not a pastime to be used for political gain. Recently, an amazing advocate for children asked me: “Who loves a child more than any other person?” Her answer: Parents, and often moms. Still, mothers in Texas suffer one of the worst maternal mortality rates in the developed world. As a result, the child suffers during and after separation from their mother. So we must fight back against draconian immigration policies, private insurance companies that fail to protect our children’s welfare, and the foster care system being used disproportionately as a means to break up our black and brown

families. And trust me, much of this will change with new leadership, and new leadership is coming to the courthouse in Harris County Texas in the very near future! All of these issues I’ve mentioned in this open letter are all interconnected and are all near and dear to my heart. They are all issues I can take on in my way, as a fair arbiter of justice on the bench. I hope I can earn your vote in November (or even better, during early voting, starting October 22nd) not because I want a seat of power or even because I am a Democrat, although I am plenty proud of my party. I hope I can earn your vote because I connect to issues, people, and the scales of justice in a personal way. And when elected on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, I promise to stay honest, loyal and true to following the constitution and the rule of law every day I wear the robe. In doing so, I believe I can bring love to communities and justice to our courts. I hope you will join me in our fight.

With gratitude,

William “Bill” McLeod for Harris County Civil Court at Law No. 4

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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

Annie’s List: Co-Chair, Houston Steering Committee Cypress Tomball Democrats: First Vice President

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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“I’M ENCOURAGING YOU TO VOTE EARLY.” Audia Jones AUBREY R. TAYLOR REPORTS©

This month has been about talking less and doing more for Audia Jones. Not sure what I mean? Well, Audia Jones was named Vice Chair of the Under 40 Committee for the Harris County Metro Area Chapter of Texas Democratic Women (TDW Harris) just a few months ago. And now, this rising star in the DemoBarbara Gardner cratic Party is helping Harris County Metro Area TDW to lead a huge Get Out The Vote “GOTV” effort recently launched by the Texas Democratic Women. Under the organization's leadership of President Barbara Gardener, Audia Jones and fellow committee members have started a huge push to encourage Democratic women in Texas — some of whom typically do not vote at all; or only vote during Presidential elections to get out to vote on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, in the Midterm Election. In case you don’t know, Audia Jones also recently became a Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar, and she is working extremely hard to get her community members registered to vote before the Tuesday, October 9, 2018 registration deadline. Have you ever met Audia

Jones? Not to worry if you haven’t done so already. You can meet this “RISING DEMOCRATIC STAR” by attending one of the upcoming TDW Harris meetings, or by joining Audia Jones at one of the many upcoming voter registration events, scheduled to take place before the Tuesday, October 9, 2018, deadline to get registered to vote in the Tuesday, November 6, 2018, Midterm Election.“

AUDIA JONES — “A WOMAN ON THE MOVE!”

“I’M ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2018.” DEAR HARRIS COUNTY VOTERS:

Over the years, I have reflected on events that have caused me to question the integrity of our courts. In January 2017, President Obama implored us to “grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office” if we were disappointed in our elected officials. As fate would have it, after I entertained the thought of running for judge, I was in the audience when Congressman Castro said, “it’s time to get off the sideline and do something.” At that moment, I knew my time to effectuate change had come.

A FEW OF ANGELA GRAVES-HARRINGTON’S 2018 ENDORSEMENTS AFL-CIO, Harris County Labor Assembly COPE

Clear Lake and Webster (CLAW) Bar Association Communication Workers of America, Local 6222 Houston Chronicle (2018 Democratic Primary) Mexican American Bar Association Houston Houston Black American Democrats Harris County Tejano Democrats

Association of Women Attorneys Texas Coalition of Black Democrats - Houston Chapter Texas Progressive Executive Council Houston GLBT Political Caucus Pleasantville Voters League International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 716 Bay Area Democratic Movement

Why should you support my candidacy?

For over a decade, I have epresented clients in all phases of litigation, from mediations and arbitrations to bench and jury trials. Practicing law has given me a wealth of technical knowledge, but my family has been the most integral factor in preparing me to serve as a family court judge. As a wife of nearly 16 years (and counting) and mother of two sons, I understand the compassion and empathy required during times of discord and conflict. The practicality of daily family life, coupled with my years of experience representing families, has given me a unique perspective to compassionately serve as the judge of the 246th Judicial District Family Court. As an officer of the court, I have observed judges completely disregard the rule of law and render decisions based on feelings (and sometimes favoritism). Litigants in Harris County courts deserve able, fair, and independent jurists on the bench and I am honored to rise to the occasion to make a difference in Harris County. I plan to fully interpret the law in an honest and integral way. Every person who enters my courtroom can be confident that my rulings will be based solely on the merits of his or her case. As a family law attorney, I fully appreciate the tremendous impact judges in family courts can have on families. I understand the complexities and consequences of family law cases. I will ensure that justice is administered in my court in a fair, compassionate and impartial manner. My courtroom will be one where everyone is treated with the respect he or she deserves. As your future family court judge, I look forward to serving the court with compassion, integrity, and respect. I thank you in advance for your support and look forward to earning your votes!


FOR JUDGE 270th CIVIL DISTRICT COURT

Licensed: State of Texas Licensed: Federal District Court Attorney Ad Litem Certified Mediator Instructor: Peer Mediation Member: Houston Bar Association Member: Road Women Founder, LISTEN AND EXCHANGE Guardian Ad Litem Member: League of Women Voters ACLU Member: Greater Houston Black Chamber Member: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc Member: Houston Lawyers Association

“Making Law and Order

EQUAL Justice.” A few of Dedra Davis’ Endorsements

Transport Workers Union Texas Coalition of Black Democrats Tejano Democrats Area 5 Democrats Many Other Leaders “More than 30 years of Legal Experience.”

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“WILLIAM ‘BILL’ MCLEOD DISCUSSES WHY HE’S THE BEST CANDIDATE WITH AUBREY R. TAYLOR.”

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Why should voters in Harris County, Texas cast their ballot for you over your opponent on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, in the Midterm Election?

ATTORNEY WILLIAM "BILL" MCLEOD: “My name is William “Bill” McLeod, I am asking for every single Voter’s VOTE in Harris County to become the Judge of Harris County Civil Court at Law No. 4 because I stand against “HATE GROUPS/ORGANIZATIONS” and would never seek or accept an endorsement from a Hate Group. My opponent not only sought out a hate group endorsement, but every single Republican Candidate has also accepted an endorsement from “Conservative Republicans of Texas” in Harris County the group is listed and distributes literature under “Conservative Republicans of Harris County.” I truly believe that ALL the Republican Candidates are disqualified to be able to hold public office especially a Judicial bench when they ALL know that they are accepting an endorsement from a hate group(.) Normalizing an endorsement from a hate group as my opponent wants to do is not acceptable in Harris County or anywhere in the United

States of America. My opponent needs to denounce publicly this hate group as do ALL Republican Candidates. Please check out Southern Poverty Law Center webpage and see for yourself the classification, clearly, it is a hate group. I believe in equality for all; real change on the bench; and will hear every person who comes to my Court without preconceived ideas about who they are or what they believe. I have the broadest range of legal experience for this bench. I have handled over 500 cases just in Harris County and overall more cases in my race when you include the work I have done in surrounding counties. I have practiced in the smallest State Courts in Harris County, Municipal Courts to the Appeals Courts. I have practiced in the Federal Courts. It’s not always the number of years that you have been licensed, I have been licensed since May of 2002, it is what you do with those years of experience. My experience has been inclusive, and to bring the community to the table to make sure they are not on the menu to be taken advantage of by those with power and means to do so. My community service is about being in the community on the ground hearing the needs and helping resolve community concerns, I just don’t show up to a food bank and pass out a few meals and feel good about it, I walk in the shoes of those that are reaching out for help and do what I can after the food bank closes for the day!"

FOCUS ON COMMUNITY

Jim’s mother is a retired registered nurse and he has always believed that every citizen should have quality, affordable health care. He has invested both his time and financial support to assist in this goal. He served as Board Chair of the Montrose Clinic and later served as Board Chair of Legacy Community Health. He assisted in raising the funds required to build a state of the art medical clinic in Montrose. Legacy also expanded its services to those living in the greater Fifth Ward in 2006 thru a collaboration with the City of Houston. In its goal to provide quality healthcare to all, Legacy also acquired CHRISTUS Health Clinic in 2010 which services Southwest Houston. Legacy has clinics in Sharpstown, Alief, Baytown, Deer Park, and the East End.

JIM KOVACH’S MEMBERSHIPS

Jim is licensed by the State Bar of Texas and the Federal Courts for the Southern District, Eastern District, and Western District of Texas, as well as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas; Commercial and Consumer Section of the State Bar; Houston Bar Association, Litigation Section of the Houston Bar Association; and the Harris County Democratic Lawyers. He has been involved in the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program.

JIM KOVACH’S PERSONAL LIFE

Jim graduated from Kingwood High School in 1983 and his parents still reside in Kingwood, TX. He is the middle of 5 children. Jim and his husband Ben Montalbano live near Memorial Park in Rice Military. He is a member of St. Anne´s Catholic Church. Jim is an avid college football fan and enjoys cheering for the Houston Texans, Rockets and Astros. He also plays softball in the Montrose Softball League and he has completed the Houston Marathon, Chicago Marathon, and San Diego Rock‘n Roll Marathon.


Judge Pam Derbyshire was elected as presiding judge of Harris County Criminal Court No. 7 in November, 1998 and took the bench on January 1, 1999. She presides over one of sixteen county criminal courts at law with countywide jurisdiction over misdemeanor cases such as driving while intoxicated, domestic violence, burglary of a motor vehicle, criminal pollution, and theft.

EXPERIENCED QUALIFIED DEDICATED

JUDGE PAM DERBYSHIRE

Presiding Judge of Harris County Criminal Court at Law No. 7 (1999-present); Presiding Judge of SAFE Court and Project Second Chance (diversion programs to reduce prostitution in our community); Former Assistant United States Attorney (Southern District of Texas) 1990-1991; Former Assistant District Attorney (Harris County) 1983-1990; Solo practitioner handling all types of criminal cases (1992-1998); Has presided over thousands of misdemeanor cases and tried over 600 jury trials; Winner - 2018 Houston Bar Association Judicial Preference Poll for County Criminal Court No. 7

ENDORSEMENTS - TO DATE

POLICE, Inc. (Peace Officers Looking Into Courthouse Excellence); Houston Police Officers’ Union; Houston Metro Police Union; “C” Club of Houston; Houston Realty Business Coalition

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Married to John Derbyshire (35 years); Three Adult Children —————————————————————

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“EARLY VOTING WILL BEGIN ON OCTOBER 22ND.”

MIKE SIEGEL: “As a former public school teacher and a civil rights lawyer, I know how important it is that we protect our safety net and restore common decency to our government. I am running to replace an incumbent who has

not held a public meeting in ten years, and who used his power to promote tax cuts for the rich and cuts to health care and Social Security. I am fighting to ensure everyone has health care, quality public schools, a living wage and a retirement with dignity. I will resist the current politics of hatred and division: we

need to stand strong against discrimination of all forms and promote healing in our communities and country. In Harris County, my priority is to establish a national flood control strategy. Unfortunately, even though the Corps of Engineers warned about the danger of catastrophic dam failure nine years ago,

the incumbent took no action to protect our communities. We need investment in our flood control infrastructure to protect us not just from 10 and 25-year floods, but the increasingly frequent larger floods. This investment protects our homes and families and will put Texans to work in quality, meaningful jobs.”

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ATTORNEY ALEX SALGADO: “Voters should cast their ballot for me because it is time to make the Harris County criminal courthouse a more progressive place. Harris County voters should elect judges who are more progressive and who want to make a positive change in criminal justice. The criminal justice system needs to be changed so that judges do not hold nonviolent misdemeanor offenders in jail only because they cannot afford to post a bond. Everyone should be treated equally and fairly under the law. Harris County voters need to send a message to the current judiciary that they are tired of

wasting taxpayer money on housing indigent defendants for nonviolent misdemeanors. Also, the minority population makes up over sixty percent of the Harris

County population, and the courthouse needs to be a reflection of the citizens it serves. I have been a prosecutor for almost nine years and have handled cases ranging from traffic tickets to murder cases. I have handled well over one thousand misdemeanor cases, and I have the experience to preside over a misdemeanor court. I have dedicated my legal career to public service by representing the citizens of Walker County and Fort Bend County and will make the citizens of Harris County proud they voted for me.”

RACE FOR JUDGE, COUNTY CRIMINAL COURT AT LAW #1

A few of Chip’s Endorsements:

Area 5 Democrats Harris County Tejano Democrats The Harris County Labor Assembly AFL-CIO The Houston GLBT/Political Caucus

“Over Four Decades Representing Texans and Texas Families.”

Dear Harris County Voters:

I am asking for your vote in the Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Midterm Election race for the 312th Family District Court in Harris County. I have practiced law in Texas for over four decades with a focus on family law, fighting for justice for children and families. Thank you for considering my candidacy.

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Clinton "Chip" Wells for Judge, 312th District Court

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COMMUNITY COMMITMENT

Judge Lombardino personally donated over 1500 wings to HPD during Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE! JUDGE LOMBARDINO’S LEADERSHIP: A Founding Father of Crime Stoppers of Houston

Downtown Exchange Club — Past President, Chairman & Team Captain for fundraising benefiting the Center for Hearing and Speech (fka Houston School for Deaf Children)

Former President Ecuadorian-American Chamber of Commerce, N.A.

Former School Board Member of Annunciation Greek Orthodox School

Certified Mediator — A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center

Former Pro Bono Volunteer Mediator for Houston Bar Association

JUDGE LOMBARDINO’S EXPERIENCE: 308TH Family District Judge, Harris County, TX (2011-Present)

25 Years Litigation in Harris County

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Former Harris County Assistant District Attorney

J.D. South Texas College of Law

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“EARLY VOTING WILL BEGIN ON OCTOBER 22ND.”

ATTORNEY LASHAWN A. WILLIAMS: “It is time for a change. Harris County voters deserve judges that are relatable, experienced, empathetic and zealous about the rule of law and matters that come into the courts. The person in court should know that the judge understood their case and respected their position. When that kind of judge is serving, parties have the confidence that they were seen and heard. Even if they do not like the ruling, they will respect the process. Equally important, confidence in the process and respect for the courts needs to be renewed and strengthened -- this happens when the judge exhibits confidence in the process and respect for all who enter their court. I have 23 years of litigation experience, and included in that experience is a representation of a diverse group of clients – individual litigants, privately held corporations, public companies, governments and nonprofits; property owners, and small businesses. I have practiced appellate and administrative law in two states and the Fifth and Sixth Circuits. Outside of practicing law, I have taught graduate courses in business and constitutional law. I also serve as an appointed special commissioner in eminent domain and condemnation cases. I mentor youth and regularly have student interns working in my law office.”

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ATTORNEY LINDA DUNSON: “I see myself as a superior candidate to my opponent. My opponent says that she is much more experienced than I. To paraphrase President Trump during one of the presidential debates, [my opponent’s] “experience is ‘bad’ experience.” Rather than endorsing “bad experience,” voters should support court officials who pledge to be efficient, empathetic, fair, and effective. The court itself should be an institution in which all stakeholders are treated with respect and receive “equal treatment under the law.” Electing me will move the court in that direction. The people of Harris County deserve such a court and must demand it with their vote. I became a challenger in this arena because the status quo, which my opponent represents, warrants contesting. I don’t want the Houston Bar to continue to rate the 309th, 57% insofar as courtesy is concerned. Everyone, including the judge, should leave their ego at the entrance to the court. The 309th District Court, under my direction, will be run more efficiently; and having the second highest docket of backlogged cases cannot be tolerated any longer. It should go without saying that a judge’s priority is equality for all; he or she should not be biased or partial toward or against any stakeholder, male or female. If I am elected, I will demonstrate my understanding of human circumstances and motives, based on my background, education, experiences, skills, and abilities. In short, I am appealing to the citizens of Harris County to throw their weight behind someone who deems herself a heavyweight in the battle for the equitable rights, needs, and treatment of families.”

RACE FOR FAMILY DISTRICT JUDGE, 309TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

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“EARLY VOTING WILL BEGIN ON OCTOBER 22ND.” ATTORNEY AMY MARTIN: “I am more experienced, have more integrity and have more respect for the judicial system than my opponent. I have been practicing law since 2003 and have represented numerous clients in capital cases in both state and federal courts. I have argued before Texas appellate courts, including the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the highest court in the state. I have managed budgets for appointed cases, one of which exceeded $1 million.

Last year over 85% of felony cases in Harris County had appointed lawyers, where the judge is required to manage and supervise budgets for attorneys, investigators, and experts. I have represented indigent clients and I will be ready to take charge of my duties on day one. My opponent has never taken an appointed case. Even more importantly, my opponent has a demonstrated pattern of mismanaging his professional responsibilities and financial affairs. Harris County deserves a judge with experience and integrity. I will be that judge.”

ATTORNEY 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 every-

one 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.”

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My name is LaShawn A. Williams, and I am running for Judge of Harris County Civil Court at Law No. 3. I was born in Conroe, Texas and I am the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran. As the child of an Army soldier, my family traveled the world as my dad served our great nation. When it was time to come home, I established my roots in Houston, Texas. I am a founder and managing partner of Baldwin Williams & Associates, PLLC, a general practice small law firm. I graduated from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in May 1995, and I am licensed to practice law in Texas and Tennessee. I decided to run because now, more than ever, Harris County needs judges who appreciate what is at stake for the average citizen, our families, our small businesses and our communities. Harris County needs judges that will interpret and uphold the law honorably, and do so with professionalism and the utmost respect for all who appear in court. Harris County is the third most populated county in the nation with very diverse communities. Every day our four county courts at law impact the lives of Harris County citizens because these are the courts that hear the real-life daily challenges we all face. Some of the types of cases that come before county courts at law include eviction appeals, property disputes, contractual disputes, collections, personal injury cases, and appeals from justice courts. Often people come to these courts without an attorney. The parties, with or without an attorney, that stand before the court, must be assured that their case will be heard by a neutral, impartial, fair-minded judge...one that abides by the code of judicial conduct, and honors the rule of law. This judge should possess and exercise patience, openmindedness, objectivity, care, and respect for the rule of law, integrity, honor, and legal competence. I have demonstrated these qualities in my legal career as I have purposed to hold varied and intriguing positions as it relates to the law and representing many other challenging interests. My career includes being in-house counsel for a national Fortune 500 company, counsel for several non-profit organizations, counsel to governmental entities, a criminal prosecutor and criminal defense attorney. I have practiced in state and federal courts, as well as courts of appeal. I am the former owner of a woman-owned construction management company and law firm that both received W/SBE minority certifications. Along with my general practice, I also hear eminent domain cases as an appointed special commissioner. My career has been rich and diverse, representing the interests of many on both sides of the aisle. This strong professional experience allows me to have the understanding and genuine perspective needed to respect each party wholly before me and to interpret, honor and uphold the letter and spirit of the law. I am a lifelong Democrat with over 23 years of legal experience. I am qualified to be your judge of Harris County Civil Court at Law No. 3. I ask for your support and vote. I will be honored to serve the extraordinary families, communities, and businesses of this great county of Texas!

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“EARLY VOTING WILL BEGIN ON OCTOBER 22ND.” ATTORNEY LINA HIDALGO: “I will be transparent and proactive. The County Judge is not a judge, but instead the executive of Harris County, who helps control our county’s budget. I will lead community outreach so you can hold your county government accountable. I will run a public audit and publish transparent metrics. I will give you a say in how we prioritize your Harvey recovery funds. I will Inform you about which areas are in a flood zone and let you know as soon as I know whether the dams will be released. I will be proactive. When there is a problem, whether

it’s development inside the reservoirs, school shootings, the maternal mortality rate, or a broken criminal justice system, I will proactively fight for our community and figure out how to address it, rather than passing the buck. I will push for us to build the coastal barrier we need to protect against the next hurricane Ike. I will enforce our drainage regulations and stop building roads that encourage development inside the floodplain. I will settle the bail lawsuit so we are not spending millions keeping people in jail who shouldn’t be there and spend savings in implementing smart, fair, criminal justice policies. I will prioritize public transportation, starting with a line from the airport. ”

Judge Ramona Franklin: “My experiences as a former Harris County Assistant District Attorney, a defense attorney in private practice and currently a district court judge have all uniquely crafted me with an uncommon legal background. Serving in all of these capacities have afforded me the opportunity of experiencing the legal perspective from all vantage points. As a Court of Criminal Appeals judge, I will continue to carry out the

mantra I employ every day as a State District Court judge, "Blindfold Justice...One Case At A Time." I will concentrate my efforts on ensuring that indigent defendants are afforded all of the necessary tools to launch a successful appeal. I will work diligently to ensure that the results that occurred in the Ricky Kerr case will never happen again in the State of Texas.”

RACE FOR HARRIS COUNTY JUDGE

RACE FOR JUDGE, COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS, PLACE 7

Tonya Is Seeking Your Support and Vote as the Next Judge of Harris County Criminal Court at Law #15

ENGAGE, EDUCATE, AND EMPOWER FROM THE COMMUNITY TO THE COURTROOM

TONYA JONES

2018 CANDIDATE FOR HARRIS COUNTY CRIMINAL COURT AT LAW #15

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For far too long there has been such a disconnect between the bench and those it is meant to serve. Being a judge is not a position of entitlement, it is a position of service. Tonya’s passion for service and her vision for the bench make her uniquely qualified to assume this role. By engaging the community and providing access to resources and education about the criminal justice system, Tonya believes that citizens can become empowered and impact the system in a positive way. Citizens of Harris County can be assured that each person who enters the court will be treated with respect and impartiality.

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“EARLY VOTING WILL BEGIN ON OCTOBER 22ND.” ATTORNEY DONNA ROTH: “Harris County voters should insist on three things when voting for a judge: experience, judicial temperament and professionalism/integrity. Experience- I am a 31-year trial lawyer. I have extensive first chair jury trial experience. I represent the people of Harris County who have been seriously injured or lost a loved one because someone did something they should not have done or failed to do something they should have done. I do not represent large corporations, insurance or oil companies. I am board certified in Personal Injury Trial Law. I am licensed and have active practices

in Texas, Washington, and New York. As the managing partner of Roth & Associates since 1994 each person that has come to us for help has been treated fairly, equally and respectfully. It will be no different as your next judge of the 295th. Judicial TemperamentFour years ago my daughter joined our firm as its newest associate. Nothing teaches patience and temperament like working six days a week with your only child. Professionalism/lntegrity - In the 31 years I have been practicing I have never had a judge enter an order referring to me as "unprofessional" or exhibiting "needlessly contentious conduct." My opponent may not say the same.”

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JUDGE PAM DERBYSHIRE: “The voters of Harris County should vote to reelect me as the judge of Harris County Criminal Court at Law No. 7 based upon my experience and qualifications. As a former Assistant District Attorney, Assistant United States Attorney, an attorney specializing in criminal defense and years serving as the judge of this court I have over 35 years experience working in the criminal justice system. My experience as both a prosecutor and defense attorney allows me to bring a balanced view to the bench. I preside over a Prostitution Diversion Court where the goal is to change the lives of the program participants through evidence-based practices and divert them from the criminal justice system. We provide treatment, education, and training to try and end prostitution and human trafficking. I have presided over thousands of criminal cases and handled each in a fair and impartial manner treating all who appear before me with courtesy and respect."

RACE FOR JUDGE, COUNTY CRIMINAL COURT AT LAW #7


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“EARLY VOTING WILL BEGIN ON OCTOBER 22ND.”

RICHARD HIGHTOWER FOR JUSTICE, 1ST COURT OF APPEALS, PLACE 8 EXPERIENCE 2018 Texas State Bar Poll Preferred Selected to Super Lawyers, Texas Monthly Magazine Notes and Comments Editor, Baylor Law Review 37 years of Practicing Law in non-urban and urban communities Certified Mediator Licensed, Supreme Court of The United States

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Rated AV Preeminent, Martindale Hubbell (highest peer rated review in both legal ability and ethical standards) Texas Center for Legal Ethics & Professionalism Houston Bar Association, Fellow State Bar of Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution, Labor Employment & School Law Section

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JUDGE STEVEN KIRKLAND: “Experience and Independence. I am running for the Supreme Court because Texans deserve justice, not politics, from their Supreme Court. The Texas Supreme Court has increasingly issued opinions that can only be explained by extremist partisan politics. Texans deserve better representation than we’ve been getting. I have broad legal and judicial experience that will make my decisions fairer and just for more Texans. In my thirteen years as a Judge, I have presided over more than 750 jury trials of cases ranging from complex construction disputes to car crashes. As a lawyer, I sued polluters to clean up our air. As a community leader, I fought to expand affordable housing and end discrimination. As a judge, I fought to make our courts more accessible and transparent. We must return the Supreme Court to its constitutional role to deliver justice, free from politics. We must restore the Court as the protector of individual liberty and equality before the law. And we must reclaim the Court as an independent voice for everyday Texans in the government.”

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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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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.

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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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