The Harris County Democratic Party sent out their list of filed candidates for the 2014 election. As I mentioned earlier, there will be a few contested primary races–some which were a bit surprising. Here are the contested races:Congress District 7 – James Cargas, Lissa Squiers Texas Senate District 15 – John Whitmire, Damian LaCroix State Rep. #131 – Alma A. Allen, Azuwuike Okorafor State Rep. #145 – Carol Alvarado, Susan Delgado District Judge, 113 – Steven Kirkland, Lori Gray District Judge, 246 – Julia Maldonado, Sandra Peake District Judge, 280 – Allecia Linsey Pottinger, Barbara J. Stadler District Judge, 308 – Bruce Steffler, Jim Evans District Attorney – Kim Ogg, Lloyd Oliver County Criminal Court 10 – George Barnstone, John Connoly JP6-2 – Armando V. Rodriguez, Diana Davila County Clerk – Ann Harris Bennett, Gayle Young Mitchell HCDE-7 –
Steven Kirkland (113th) and Julia Maldonado (246th Family) have been working on their signatures and re-introducing themselves to voters since the Summer, unfortunately, some late entries are now challenging them. Kirkland has already been a winner for the Democrats until he was primaried in an ugly race in 2012. Julia Maldonado represented the Democrats in 2012 for the Court of Appeals, earning 47% in the 10-county race, while winning Harris County by over 12,000 votes. Considering there isn’t a lot of LGBT and Latina representation in the District Court part of the ballot, this is quite concerning, but they are committed to putting in the work to win in March.
One who has represented Democrats well on the ballot and has come close is Ann Harris Bennett, unfortunately, she also has an opponent whom I’ve never heard mentioned. Of course, CD-7 will have Cargas-Squiers II. The race for HCDE At-Large 7 suddenly became a 3-way battle with Traci Jensen, Lily Leal, and soon-to-be-former City Councilwoman Melissa Noriega.
I was a little disappointed that there will not a be a bigger name for County Judge, or any name for County Commish #2. The latter serves a predominantly Latino area which was affected by redistricting, though, thus making them a whole lot tougher. That said, there will be much more to say as we move toward the Primary in March.
For now, enjoy going over the list.
Kuff has his take and more.