More Than One

RECEIVED Thu., Feb. 11, 2016

Dear Editor,
    I appreciate your prefacing your endorsement in the 427th District Court ["Chronicle Endorsements," News, Feb. 12] by claiming it was not an easy task – however you followed by contrasting (Judge) Coronado’s seeming resignation to the barriers of bureaucracy. What exactly was that “seeming resignation” based on? His proactive work in the 427th District Court and moving the docket and making sure people are receiving the justice they are entitled to as quickly as possible? Is his distinguished community service an indication that he has resigned himself to the status quo?
    In your accurate support of Brad Urrutia, which he deserves as a distinguished criminal defense attorney, you cite him as being only the second Latino criminal district judge – when you just finished supporting ousting the first Latino criminal district judge. Does the Chronicle believe there should not be more than one Latino criminal district judge on the bench at a time? As Latinos, we are so used to the typical statement, “If only they had more qualified candidates” – now I believe your message is, “They are not entitled to more than one.” What a shame that in Travis County, Texas – where the population is approximately 34% Hispanic, the Chronicle believes we are only entitled to 11% representation on the Criminal District Court bench.
    Judge Jim Coronado has served Travis County with distinction and is more than qualified and experienced to serve another term as district judge in the 427th District Court.
Sandra Tenorio
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