Endorsements

Democrats:


County Commissioner Pct. 1:

Ron Davis

Davis and run-off opponent Stacy Dukes-Rhone both have strong community and family ties to the East Austin area. But Davis is unmatched in his longtime commitment to his community through years of volunteer work to bring equity and an overall improvement of living standards to the people of East Austin. As a leader of the East Austin Strategy Team (EAST), Davis successfully fought alongside other neighborhood activists in 1992 to shut down the gasoline tank farms in East Austin. He worked to establish a new Austin Community College campus in East Austin that brought job training facilities and a cultural center to the area, he led affordable housing efforts in the Webberville/Ledesma area, and he was on the forefront of the successful fight for city funding to protect East Austin homes from creek erosion. Clearly, Davis is the right choice to serve this traditionally underserved precinct.


County Court at Law #6:

Jade Meeker

Recognized statewide as a legal scholar and criminal law expert, Meeker is best qualified to handle this court's criminal docket. Currently a Justice of the Peace in Pct. 5, Meeker has authored several books on arrest, search and seizure under the state and federal constitutions, and is frequently called upon to lecture on such topics. In her J.P. post, Meeker has built a reputation for running her court efficiently and responsibly. It seems natural that she would continue this same style of management if elected to the county court. Meeker's run-off opponent, Jan Breland, has been a J.P. in Pct. 2 for 10 years; she's a good public servant and would make an honorable judge. Meeker, however, has our vote.

Republicans:


Justice of the Peace Pct. 2:

Barbara Bembry

Bembry has done her homework with regards to the demands of the 25,000-case docket, and, as a practicing attorney with both a criminal and civil background, she is best prepared to hit the ground running should she win in November. She got a few knocks from her more conservative opponents, who say she's a little too friendly with the Dems with whom she works at the courts, but her amiable, non-ideological temperament should serve her well on the bench.

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