For your convenience, our most common questions about the 2018 Midterm General Election are answered right here.
Q: When do I vote?
A: The Midterm General Election is on November 6, 2018.
Q: Can I vote early?
A: Early voting begins October 22, 2018 through November 2, 2018.
Q: Can you tell me about the Harris County Criminal Courts at Law?
A: The Harris County Criminal Courts at Law are comprised of 16 courts which have jurisdiction over Class A and Class B misdemeanor criminal cases.
Q: Why are you running for this judicial position?
A: Before becoming a Judge, I had been involved in the judicial endorsement screening process through the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston. Through that involvement, I was approached by members of the legal community to apply for a Municipal Court judgeship.
At the time, I had only been licensed about 13 years, and I was incredibly honored that my peers would encourage me to consider this step in my career. Knowing that I was supported by others in the community, I felt a sense of empowerment and that sparked my initial interest in becoming a Judge. After applying and being appointed by Mayor Bill White in 2005, I grew to become proud of my position, as I realized how much of an inspiration it was for others – inside and outside of the legal field.
In addition, I have chosen to run as a judicial candidate because the current slate of Judges at the Harris County Courts at Law do not reflect the population which it serves in terms of racial diversity. Of the 16 Criminal Courts at Law in Harris County, there is only one Latino Judge and two African-American Judges. Together, they comprise only 18.75% of the judiciary, but citizens of these two communities make up about 61% of the population.
From a personal perspective, being a public servant is now a part of who I am. Running for a Harris County Criminal Court at Law bench is one of the ways for me to continue my professional growth and broaden the work I have been doing as a Municipal Court Judge.
Q: I live in one of Harris County’s unincorporated communities. Can I vote for you?
A: Yes, if you eligible to vote in Harris County, my name will be on your ballot.
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