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Harris County Judicial Primary Candidates

Rabeea Collier Rabeea Collier
Court: Civil District
Position: 113th
As a native Houstonian, proud Democrat and former Precinct Chair, I ask for your support to become the Democratic nominee for judge of the 113th Civil District Court of Harris County, Texas. For over a decade, I have been zealously representing individuals, non-profits, and small to publicly traded businesses in courthouses across Harris County. With this wide-range experience, hard-work and a commitment to judicial integrity, I am now seeking to serve as a trial judge.

Tanya  Garrison Tanya Garrison
Court: Civil District
Position: 157th
Tanya is a civil trial lawyer, Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and a Shareholder at Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski & Zuber. Tanya was named the Outstanding Young Lawyer in 2011 in Houston, is a lifelong Democrat, and the proud Mom of two kids.

Fred Cook Fred Cook
Court: Civil District
Position: 189th
Fred graduated from Vanderbilt Law School, married his wife Julia and moved to Houston in May of 1982.  He has been earned the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards, AV, reflected by the confidential opinion of members of the Bar and the judiciary.  Fred has served as Democratic election judge and precinct chair (268) for over a decade and is licensed to practice in all federal and state courts in Texas. Fred is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, a fellow of the Houston Bar Foundation and has served as a Director of the Litigation Section of the Houston Bar Association.  Fred’s numerous roles in his church and the Presbytery of New Covenant include service as a member of the Discernment Team for First Presbyterian Church in Houston and as a director of the Texas Conference of Churches.

Scot "Dolli" Dollinger Scot "Dolli" Dollinger
Court: Civil District
Position: 189th
“Dolli” has been practicing civil trial law for 30 years helping injury victims. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has a Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent™ from Martindale-Hubbell.® He graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Emory University School of Law with the Order of Barristers Award. He is licensed to practice in all Texas state and federal courts (N, S, E, & W), the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. “Dolli” has litigated civil cases in over 60 Texas counties. He has run his own firm in Houston (DOLLINGER LAW FIRM) for over 15 years. He was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas and has worked and raised a family in Harris County for over 25 years. He was the Democratic Candidate in 2014 for Harris County Civil Court at Law No. 2.

Beau  Miller Beau Miller
Court: Civil District
Position: 190th
Beau Miller is running for judge to make sure everyone has fair access to the courts and a fair shake when they get there. With nearly two decades in legal practice, Beau has deep experience in complex litigation, a track record of winning civil rights cases for abused children and a passion for promoting diversity in the legal profession.

Lauren Reeder Lauren Reeder
Court: Civil District
Position: 234th
After graduating from NYU and then Harvard Law School, Lauren returned home to Texas to launch her legal career - first at Baker Botts' Houston office, then a boutique firm to hone her litigation skills, and most recently as a Harris County Assistant District Attorney. She has a deep knowledge of the law, substantial trial experience, and the passion and skill to handle a heavy trial docket – all necessary qualities for a District Court Judge.

Cory  Sepolio Cory Sepolio
Court: Civil District
Position: 269th
Cory Sepolio was born and raised in Harris County and is a lifelong, progressive Democrat. During his outstanding legal career he served our community honorably as an assistant district attorney where he sought justice for victims and accused alike. Cory has represented 1000 plaintiffs and defendants in cases throughout the state of Texas fighting for the rights of working-class people and small-business owners. With his over 100 jury trials Cory Sepolio is experienced and will ensure equality and justice for all as the next Judge of the 269th Civil District Court.

Shampa C.  Mukerji Shampa C. Mukerji
Court: Civil District
Position: 269th
My name is Shampa Mukerji and I am excited to run for Judge of the 269th Civil District Court in Harris County, Texas. I am running because I believe I can make a great contribution to the civil courts in Harris County. I will uphold the laws of the State of Texas and be fair and equitable to all parties that come before me. I believe in the 7th amendment, the right to a trial by jury, and access to the courts for all.

Dedra  Davis Dedra Davis
Court: Civil District
Position: 270th
Dedra Davis has over 30 years of legal experience and is dedicated, decisive, driven, a defender, dauntless, diplomatic, decent, and most importantly, democratic.Dedra Davis understands that our legal system is not only about law, it's not only about order, but it also must be just! Dedra Davis ..."Making law and order EQUAL justice."

George  Arnold George Arnold
Court: Civil District
Position: 281st
As an attorney for 25 years exclusively handling civil cases in courts throughout Texas, I am running for civil district judge because I would like to be a public servant, use my experience to assist litigants and their counsel to fairly and efficiently resolve their disputes, and expand the diversity of our judiciary

Christine Weems Christine Weems
Court: Civil District
Position: 281st
My name is Christine Weems and I'm running for the 281st Judicial District Civil Court. I am a 16-year attorney, board certified in personal injury trial law and have the trial experience and qualifications to know how to run a court effectively and equally to ensure that everyone who comes in gets a fair opportunity.

Donna Roth Donna Roth
Court: Civil District
Position: 295th
I am Donna Roth and would like to be your next Judge in the 295th Civil District Court. I am a board certified trial lawyer with 30 years of trial experience. I have tried almost every type of case that could potentially come before this Court. I would like to bring my training and my experience to the Court and serve the people of Harris County.

Latosha Payne Latosha Payne
Court: Civil District
Position: 55th
Latosha Lewis Payne has 17 years experience as a civil trial lawyer in personal injury, toxic tort, product and premise liability, food contamination, and insurance coverage cases, some of which she has tried to verdict and judgment in both state and federal courts. She is a University of Texas School of Law graduate who has been recognized for her work on behalf of her clients and her service to the community as a Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star and Woodrow B. Seals Houston Young Lawyer of the Year

Gerald Zimmerer Gerald Zimmerer
Court: Court of Appeals
Position: 14th - Pos 3
Gerald (Jerry) Lee Zimmerer, received his JD from South Texas College of Law and both of his Masters of Law (International Law and Health Law) from the University of Houston Law School. He completed his Internship at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Ethics Section, and is credentialed in domestic and international commercial arbitration by the A.A. White Institute. He is currently a member of the Board of Advisors to the Health Law and Policy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center.

Charles "Kin" Spain Charles "Kin" Spain
Court: Court of Appeals
Position: 14th - Pos 4
Charles Spain is currently a judge on the City of Houston Municipal Court after serving for over two decades as a staff attorney for the Texas appellate courts. He is board certified in civil appellate law and is running for the Fourteenth Court of Appeals.

No Photo Provided Frances Bourliot
Court: Court of Appeals
Position: 14th - Pos 5
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No Photo Provided Meagan Hassan
Court: Court of Appeals
Position: 14th - Pos 6
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Court: Court of Appeals
Position: 14th - Pos 6
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Michele Chimene Michele Chimene
Court: Court of Appeals
Position: 14th - Pos 8
An attorney with twenty-five-years' experience in handling civil-, family, and criminal appeals, she believes the law should be predictable and that the legislature, not judges, should make the law. She is a life-long Democrat who believes in equal rights for all.

No Photo Provided Margaret "Meg" Poissant
Court: Court of Appeals
Position: 14th - Pos 8
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Gordon Goodman Gordon Goodman
Court: Court of Appeals
Position: 1st - Pos 2
Gordon Goodman is a husband and proud father of four grown children. During his career, he served in senior positions for E.I. DuPont, Conoco, Occidental, and NRG, and he served on both the Houston Area Urban League Board of Directors and the University of Houston College of Arts & Sciences Advisory Board. He has also served on working committees of the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the American Petroleum Institute. He is a member of Holland Lodge #1 and Congregation Emanu El in Houston, TX, where he lives with his wife of 38 years.

Sarah Beth Landau Sarah Beth Landau
Court: Court of Appeals
Position: 1st - Pos 6
Sarah Beth Landau has over 10 years of experience in appeals in civil as well as criminal and state as well as federal courts. She is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law and has worked at Vinson & Elkins, LLP, the Office of the Federal Public Defender, and the Harris County Public Defender's Office.

Julie Countiss Julie Countiss
Court: Court of Appeals
Position: 1st - Pos 7
I am an Assistant County Attorney in the Harris County Attorney’s Office where I represent the County in federal and state court litigation. My father is a retired state trial court judge and appellate court justice---he inspired me to pursue a career in public service through the law. I graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1993 and taught public school with Teach for America before attending law school at the University of Houston. I am running for Justice, First Court of Appeals, Place 7.

Richard Hightower Richard Hightower
Court: Court of Appeals
Position: 1st - Pos 8
A 1980 graduate of Baylor Law School, has practiced in large and small counties, in large and small firms, and has broad experience in civil litigation.  Was selected as the certified mediator in hundreds of legal disputes and currently represents the interests of Texas school districts.

No Photo Provided Peter Kelly
Court: Court of Appeals
Position: 1st - Pos 9
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George  Barnstone George Barnstone
Court: County Civil
Position: 1
As judge of Harris County Civil Court at Law No. One, I treat everyone with the fairness and respect that I would expect if I were a litigant in court. Justice requires careful consideration of the legal issues and facts in each case; not processing parties to shorten the docket.

Stanley Santire Stanley Santire
Court: County Civil
Position: 2
Stanley Santire is an experienced mediator and trial lawyer in State and Federal courts. He has been a speaker for numerous CLE programs and represents clients in employment issues, non-competes, trade secrets, construction, and business transactions.

Jim Kovack Jim Kovach
Court: County Civil
Position: 2
I have over 25 years of litigation experience since graduating from the University of Houston Law School in 1991. I successfully represented both Plaintiffs and Defendants in over 1,000 cases in the Harris County Civil Courts at Law. Currently, I serve as both a Special Commissioner and Court Appointed Receiver. I believe every person appearing in the courtroom deserves to be treated with courtesy, respect, and dignity.

LaShawn Williams LaShawn Williams
Court: County Civil
Position: 3
My name is LaShawn A. Williams and I am running for Harris County Civil Court at Law No. 3. As a Democrat with over 22 years of practice as a trial lawyer, in-house counsel, former prosecutor and entrepreneur, I am qualified and committed to hear the diverse voices of Harris County.

William "Bill" McLeod William "Bill" McLeod
Court: County Civil
Position: 4
Issues that matter are not being addressed in our community. A much needed wind of change is starting to blow through our county. I am committed to representing the values that we as Democrats and citizens cherish. Values that include compassion, pride in our differences, cooperation, tolerance, and respect for democracy.

Alex  Salgado Alex Salgado
Court: County Criminal
Position: 1
Born and raised in Odessa, Texas and a graduate of Texas Tech University and Thurgood Marshall School of Law. I have been a prosecutor for over 7 years, currently as a felony prosecutor with the Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office.

Lee Wilson Lee Wilson
Court: County Criminal
Position: 10
Lee Harper Wilson has been Board Certified in Criminal Law since 1989. Lee is a loyal, lifelong Democrat. He was the Democratic nominee for judge in 1990 and 2010.

Gus Saper Gus Saper
Court: County Criminal
Position: 11
I am a third generation Texas A & M graduate, class of 1970. For the last 43 years I have practiced as a criminal trial lawyer in state and federal courts, throughout Texas and the United States.

Juan Aguirre Juan Aguirre
Court: County Criminal
Position: 12
My name is Juan J. Aguirre and I am running for Harris County Criminal Court at Law Number 12. I am have been practicing criminal law for 16 years and I am experienced, knowledgeable and posses the judicial temperament to be the best qualified candidate for this bench

No Photo Provided Cassandra Hollemon
Court: County Criminal
Position: 12
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Raul Rodriguez Raul Rodriguez
Court: County Criminal
Position: 13
For over 25 years, Raul Rodriguez has been primarily focused on criminal law, having handled and tried cases involving every class of misdemeanors and all degrees of felonies up to capital murder. In representing clients through his private practice and through court appointments, he has practiced in all 16 Harris County Criminal Courts at Law as well as all 22 Felony District Courts in Harris County, Texas. In 2005, Raul began his judicial career when he was appointed by Mayor Bill White as Associate Judge for the City of Houston Municipal Courts, and he is proud to still currently hold that position today.

David Singer David Singer
Court: County Criminal
Position: 14
My name is David L. Singer. I am running for Judge of County Criminal Court Number 14. I am a former Assistant District Attorney in Harris County and have practiced Criminal Law for 33 years.

Krishna Ougrah Krishna Ougrah
Court: County Criminal
Position: 15
My name is Kris Ougrah and I am running for Harris County Criminal Court 15. I was born and raised in South Houston and graduated from South Houston High School. I want to be a part of a criminal justice system that is fair and impartial. I will uphold the law and treat everyone with respect in Criminal Court 15. I would appreciate your vote.

Tonya  Jones Tonya Jones
Court: County Criminal
Position: 15
Tonya Jones is a native Houstonian who believes that access to justice should not be the privilege of a few but the right of all. She is a proud product of the Houston Independent School District and member of Greater New Testament Baptist Church. As a judicial candidate for Harris County Criminal Court at Law 15, Tonya’s main goal is “working hard to REBUILD a justice system that works even harder for the citizens of Harris County”.

Harold  Landreneau III Harold Landreneau III
Court: County Criminal
Position: 2
My name is Harold Landreneau, I have been a licensed Texas Attorney for 12 years and I practice Criminal Defense law. I am running for Harris County Criminal Court Number 2 in the March 2018 Democratic Primary. As Judge I will treat those before me with dignity and respect and work to restore the presumption of innocence and confidence in our County Courts.

Erica Hughes Erica Hughes
Court: County Criminal
Position: 3
Erica Hughes has been an attorney in Harris County for over 10 years. She currently owns a solo practice, serves as an Army lawyer, and believes that the Harris County judicial system should be fair and balanced.

Shannon  Baldwin Shannon Baldwin
Court: County Criminal
Position: 4
My name is Shannon B. Baldwin and I am running for Harris County Criminal Court at Law No. 4. As a Democrat with over 21 years of practice as a trial lawyer, former prosecutor and successful law firm, I am qualified and committed to being a fair and just Judge in Harris County.

Armen Merjanian Armen Merjanian
Court: County Criminal
Position: 5
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David Fleischer David Fleischer
Court: County Criminal
Position: 5
David Fleischer is a bilingual criminal defense attorney that has been in practice 13 years. Throughout that time, he has represented and helped thousands of people put their life back together. He is eager to put this experience on the bench and help close the revolving door of criminal justice that many see through rehabilitation and/or progressive reform. He will bring an even-handed, balanced and equitable approach to justice.

Kelley Andrews Kelley Andrews
Court: County Criminal
Position: 6
My name is Kelley Andrews and I am running for Harris County Criminal Court No. 6. I have been a criminal defense attorney for 10 years and look forward to being part of the change, which to me means being part of the solution.

Andrew Wright Andrew Wright
Court: County Criminal
Position: 7
My name is Andrew A. Wright and I am running to become the judge of Harris County Criminal Court at Law Number Seven (7). I have been a licensed attorney for almost 10 years and have the skills, temperament and fairness essential for all citizens of Harris County. I look to bring new perspective to this bench and the judiciary of Harris County and am the [W]right choice for Harris County Criminal Court at Law Number Seven (7).

No Photo Provided Frank Pierce
Court: County Criminal
Position: 7

No Photo Provided Franklin Bynum
Court: County Criminal
Position: 8

Toria Finch Toria Finch
Court: County Criminal
Position: 9
Attorney Toria J. Finch is a Democratic Party Judicial Candidate in the 2018 Primary Election seeking to be elected for Judge of the Harris County Criminal Court at Law No. 9. As a Criminal Defense Attorney, Former Harris County Felony Prosecutor, and an Experienced Litigator, she represents Truth, Justice, and Fairness for All.

DaSean Jones DaSean Jones
Court: Criminal District
Position: 180th
Decorated U.S. Army Veteran, DaSean Jones has a stellar record of public service. Understanding the impact of mental illness, addiction, and poverty on the criminal justice system he intends on applying common sense solutions to tough problems.

Danilo Lacayo Danilo Lacayo
Court: Criminal District
Position: 182nd
Danilo “Danny” Lacayo is running for the 182nd Criminal District Court in Harris County, Texas. He is an experienced criminal litigator who has worked as both a prosecutor and adefense attorney. He is the new voice of justice and fair treatment for all.

Chuck Silverman Chuck Silverman
Court: Criminal District
Position: 183rd
After receiving my B.A., M.B.A. and law degrees from Tulane University I began my legal career in Houston, Texas in 1986. I actively represented litigants in federal and state trial and appellate courts for over 20 years. I believe that a judge must be an effective administrator and a fair-minded decision maker. I am confident that I can be both. I am married and the father of 3 wonderful children. In my spare time I enjoy cycling and skeet and sporting clay shooting.

Abigail Anastosio Abigail Anastasio
Court: Criminal District
Position: 184th
The Harris County Criminal Justice system is in desperate need of change and reform. I will bring energy, passion, and innovation to the courtroom again. I have practiced as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney and believe that gives me the perspective someone needs to be fair and neutral to both sides. I will be fair, follow the law, and ensure fundamental rights.

Jason  Luong Jason Luong
Court: Criminal District
Position: 185th
Jason Luong is a former prosecutor with over 15 years of civil and criminal trial experience. A graduate of Rice University and the University of Texas School of Law (with honors), Mr. Luong is dedicated to protecting the citizens of Harris County.

No Photo Provided Greg Glass
Court: Criminal District
Position: 208th

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Court: Criminal District
Position: 208th

Brian Warren Brian Warren
Court: Criminal District
Position: 209th
Brian Warren is a Democratic Judicial Candidate for the 209th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas. He has spent his entire legal career dedicated to the practice of criminal law, trying over criminal 75 jury trials. Mr. Warren has been fighting justice on both sides of the bar, throughout his career on behalf of victims and defendants. He will ensure that everyone who appears before him will have an attentive, fair, and dedicated judge to ensure justice for all.

No Photo Provided Woodrow Dixon
Court: Criminal District
Position: 228th

Chris Morton Chris Morton
Court: Criminal District
Position: 230th
Having worked on both sides of the criminal justice system, and having advocated on behalf of both the accuser and the accused, Chris Morton is well-equipped to understand the challenges of the criminal justice system and well-qualified to provide fair and impartial judgments.

Josh Hill Josh Hill
Court: Criminal District
Position: 232nd
I'm a former Harris County prosecutor and current criminal defense lawyer with extensive trial and appellate experience in both capacities. I am board certified in criminal law by the Texas board of legal specialization and 100% of my legal career has been dedicated to practicing criminal law.

Hilary Unger Hilary Unger
Court: Criminal District
Position: 248th
A graduate of the University of Florida College of Law, Hilary Unger previously prosecuted high-level narcotics cases as a district attorney and, for ten years, defended the rights of low income] defendants as a public defender. Since arriving in Texas in 2007, Hilary has regularly appeared in the Texas State and Federal Courts, building a reputation as a progressive with an uncompromising willingness and ability to work hard to safeguard the rights of her clients and obtain the best possible outcome for them., With two-and-a-half decades of experience as both a prosecutor and as a defense attorney, and a history of action and service as a member of NOW and as an ACLU legal observer, Hilary Unger is the right choice for Judge for the 248th Criminal District Court.

Lori Gray Lori Gray
Court: Criminal District
Position: 262nd
Lori Chambers-Gray is a native Houstonian and graduate of South Texas College of Law. Lori served as an intern for the Harris County District Attorney’s office. She has since then built and manages a successful law practice and has represented citizens accused in both state and federal courts for over twenty-nine years. Lori Chambers-Gray believes that in order to lead, one must first be willing to serve.

Amy Martin Amy Martin
Court: Criminal District
Position: 263rd
My name is Amy Martin and I am a candidate for the 263rd Criminal District Court.. My practice focuses exclusively on felony cases in Texas and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels. I will serve the citizens of Harris County with fairness and integrity.

Tristan H.  Longino Tristan H. Longino
Court: Family District
Position: 245th
Tristan H. Longino clerked for the Hon. Robert Hinojosa of the 312th District Court and John Nichols, Sr., while in law school and has practiced exclusively family law since graduating. His background in finance, two children, and progressive values will allow him to expeditiously, and fairly, address the issues of all litigants before him should he be so fortunate to be elected as judge for the 245th District Court.

Charles Collins Charles Collins
Court: Family District
Position: 246th
Charles Collins is running for the 246th CIvil District Court bench. Charles has 12 years of experience handling family law cases in Harris County. He is currently a managing attorney for the Child Support Division of the Texas Attorney General's Office.

Angela Harrington Angela Harrington
Court: Family District
Position: 246th
As one who has served the Houston community and vigorously represented clients in the Family Law courts for over a decade, I am honored to announce my candidacy for the 246th Judicial District Family Court. By way of introduction, my name is Angela L. Harrington.

Janice L.  Berg Janice L. Berg
Court: Family District
Position: 247th
Janice Berg is running for the 247th Family District Court. Janice has been practicing family law in Houston for the past 8 years, both at the trial court level and in the courts of appeals. Since 2015, Janice has been an active member of the Anti-Defamation League, where she serves on the Associate Board and as Co-Chair of the 2016-17 Glass Leadership Institute.

Sandra Peake Sandra Peake
Court: Family District
Position: 257th
Sandra Peake was raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Harris County resident for 32 years. She obtained a Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston College of Law in 1982. She has been engaged full time in the private practice of law with a concentration in the area of family law and family related law such as wills and probate.

Barbara  Stalder Barbara Stalder
Court: Family District
Position: 280th
My name is Barbara J. Stalder. I am a candidate for the 280th family violence court. I am board certified in family and I an expert in family violence issues along with representing hundreds of men, women and children in divorce, custody and protective order cases.

Gloria Lopez Gloria Lopez
Court: Family District
Position: 308th
Gloria Lopez is a Democratic Judicial Candidate for the 308th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas. She obtained a Government Major from the University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctorate from Thurgood Marshall School of Law. She will bring a a breath of fresh air to the family law court system and will help promote fairness and balance to the judiciary.

Linda Dunson Linda Dunson
Court: Family District
Position: 309th
I BELIEVE in FAMILY and I BELIEVE in AMERICA! While Linda Dunson's private practice involves family, property and probate issues; it also spans civil rights, nonprofit law, legislative impact and litigation. As a member of the Children At Risk Law Advisory Council, she is involved with policy which impact the lives of at risk youths. Linda has argued cases before the federal courts, state district court and in administrative hearings‎.

Kathy Vossler Kathy Vossler
Court: Family District
Position: 309th
I am Kathy Vossler, Candidate for the 309th Family District Court. I am a native Houstonian, a lifelong Democrat and an experienced Family Lawyer, having practiced mostly Family Law since I was licensed in 1997

Sonya  Heath Sonya Heath
Court: Family District
Position: 310th
My name is Sonya Heath and I am running for Judge of the 310th Judicial District Court Family Law Court of Harris County, Texas. I consider myself a peacemaker. I have the ability to be firm, yet still compassionate. My firm’s logo is “We take two unhealthy families and try to make two healthy families from it.” I married very young and have two wonderful sons that are now grown. I have seen the ups and downs in families in my personal practice and my own life

Germaine  Tanner Germaine Tanner
Court: Family District
Position: 311th
After practicing law for 14 years, now is the time for me to address the needs of our litigants and citizens of Harris County by running for Judge of the 311th District Court. Change is needed and with your help, we can move the 311th towards understanding and compassion by having a court that exercises efficiency, fairness and a fresh perspective.

Clinton "Chip" E. Wells Clinton "Chip" E. Wells
Court: Family District
Position: 312th
Clinton “Chip” Wells was raised in Houston, Texas. He is married with 3 children the youngest of which attends the University of Texas. He is a graduate of the University of Texas and South Texas College of Law. Chip has been practicing law for more than 40 years. He has tried jury and non-jury cases around the state representing Texas families and individuals. Clinton “Chip” Wells wants your vote for Judge in the 312th Judicial District Court.

No Photo Provided David Patronella
Court: Justice of the Peace
Position: 1-2
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George Risner George Risner
Court: Justice of the Peace
Position: 2-2
After successfully serving eight (8) terms as your Harris County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2 Place 2, I am convinced it is necessary to continue our good work of the court for the benefit of the citizens of Precinct 2.

No Photo Provided Lucia Bates
Court: Justice of the Peace
Position: 3-2
My experience includes 30+ years working with various organizations within the Precinct 3 Community and plan to utilize these experiences and collaborationsto keep our young men and women out of the prison system through intercept, rehabilitate and let incarceration be a last resort.

Don Coffey Don Coffey
Court: Justice of the Peace
Position: 3-2
Judge Don Coffey was elected in 2010 after receiving seventy-nine percent of the votes in the run-off election to serve as Justice of the Peace for Precinct 3, Place 2 and was unopposed in 2014. Judge Coffey has practiced law in Baytown since 1993 and he and his wife of 39 years, Jenice Coffey, have one son who works as an attorney for Democratic Congressman Matt Cartwright in Washington D.C..

Daryl Paul Smith, Jr. Daryl Paul Smith, Jr.
Court: Justice of the Peace
Position: 4-2
​My name is Daryl P. Smith, Jr. and I am running for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4 Place 2. I plan on using my knowledge and experiences of owning my own Alternative Dispute Resolution practice and law degree from TSU's Thurgood Marshall School of Law to help make the Justice of the Peace courts and staff more approachable for all citizens to use.

No Photo Provided Roderick Rodgers
Court: Justice of the Peace
Position: 5-2
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Court: Justice of the Peace
Position: 6-2
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Court: Justice of the Peace
Position: 7-2
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Sharon  Burney Sharon Burney
Court: Justice of the Peace
Position: 7-2
Sharon M. Burney served in Education for 24 years at Houston Independent School District. Nine of those years were spent as Administrator of the Lighted Schoolhouse, a program for homeless and high risk youth. She left HISD to pursue a career in law and is a graduate of Thurgood Marshal School of Law. Upon passing the Texas Bar in 2008, she began private practice in Probate Law. Prior to attending law school, she received a Masters degree in Future Studies from the University of Houston. A world travelor, she has traveled to numerous nations and participated as a delegate and speaker on future trends and culture. Sharon is now wanting to succeed her mother as Justice of the Peace, Pct. 7 and request your support and endorsement.

Audrie Lawton Audrie Lucile Lawton
Court: Justice of the Peace
Position: 7-2
Audrie Lawton, Jr., JD, attended Loyola University where she earned her B.A. History. She attended law school at Thurgood Marshall School of law and was licensed to practice law in November 2002. Since 2002, Ms. Lawton has worked with the Texas Attorney General’s Office, State Bar of Texas and the Special Prosecution Unit of Texas and has tried over 100 jury trial cases in Texas.

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Court: Justice of the Peace
Position: 7-2
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Natalia Oakes Natalia Oakes
Court: Juvenile District
Position: 313th
Natalia has 17 years of experience in Juvenile Family Court and will strengthen effective rehabilitation of minors to prevent crime. She is an attorney, former teacher and community leader who is ready on Day One to introduce innovative programs.

No Photo Provided Tracy Good
Court: Juvenile District
Position: 313th

Michelle Moore Michelle Moore
Court: Juvenile District
Position: 314th
Michelle Moore is running for the 314th Juvenile District Court which hears cases involving abused and neglected children and minors accused of committing offenses. I will incorporate rehabilitative programs and connect mentors to our troubled youth.

Leah  Shapiro Leah Shapiro
Court: Juvenile District
Position: 315th
Leah Shapiro is running for the 315th District Court of Harris County. She joined the Juvenile Division of the Harris County Public Defender's Office in November 2011. Prior to joining the Public Defender’s Office, Ms. Shapiro was a trial attorney in private practice, specializing in indigent criminal defense. Before that, she was an assistant district attorney with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office for almost five years. She has first-chair trial experience on cases such as murder, aggravated assault, aggravated robbery, aggravated sexual assaults of children and adults, and other misdemeanor and felony offenses. Ms. Shapiro has been licensed to practice law since November 2006. She received her J.D. from the St. Mary’s School of Law. She received her B.A. in philosophy from New York University. Ms. Shapiro is currently is on the Board of Arms Wide Adoption Services. Arms Wide works exclusively with children in the custody of the State to find their permanent home.

Jerry Simoneaux Jerry Simoneaux
Court: Probate
Position: 1
Judge Simoneaux has more than 16 years’ experience in probate court litigation and appeals. He previously served as a probate court staff attorney for Judge Kathleen Stone and in 2016, Mayor Annise Parker appointed him as an Associate Judge in the Houston Municipal Courts, where he continues to serve today. He is the managing partner of the law firm of Simoneaux & Watson, where his practice is focused on probate court litigation and appeals

Michael Newman Michael Newman
Court: Probate
Position: 2
My name is Michael Newman. I have been licensed to practice law in Texas since 1980. My principal practice areas include probate, guardianship, trust, fiduciary and commercial litigation. My fiduciary practice includes the representation of beneficiaries, executors, guardians, wards, trustees and the administration of estates and trusts. I have been a certified mediator since 1992.

Jim  Peacock Jim Peacock
Court: Probate
Position: 2
I have been an attorney in Houston for 36 years practicing in extremely diverse areas of law. In that time, I have tried nearly 200 jury trials to verdict. Some of the issues tried include: civil rights violations, disability discrimination, racial discrimination, slander, libel, invasion of privacy, fraud, usury, breach of contract, legal malpractice, car wrecks, medical malpractice, sexual harassment, guarantor breach, premises liability, capital murder, murder, sexual assault, DWI, etc. The diversity of my experience and the variety of judges I have appeared before has given me a clear understanding of what it takes to be a good judge.

Jason  Cox Jason Cox
Court: Probate
Position: 3
Jason Cox is a third generation Houstonian and graduate of the University of Houston Law Center. With over 13 years’ experience in probate, Jason has represented clients ranging from financial institutions to indigent individuals and has written and spoken extensively on probate issues. A strong believer in public service, Jason is a longtime volunteer at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and coaches the mock trial team at the University of St. Thomas where he also teaches in the pre-law program.

Michael Galligan Michael Galligan
Court: Probate
Position: 4
Michael Galligan has spent his entire career as a probate and estate planning practitioner. He will bring a practical, compassionate, and solutions-oriented focus to Harris County Probate Court 4.


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