Our Candidates

The following candidates will represent the Democratic Party in the November 6, 2018 General Election.

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U. S. Senator Beto O’Rourke Facebook
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Congressman Beto O’Rourke is the fourth generation El Pasoan running to represent all 28 million people in Texas. He is fighting to ensure that every single Texan can afford to see a doctor, work a job that pays above a living wage, send their kids to high-quality public schools, and live their life with the respect and dignity that we all deserve. Refusing to accept a dime from Political Action Committees and special interests, Beto is running a truly grassroots campaign focused on showing up and listening to his fellow Texans in all 254 counties. Prior to serving on the Veterans Affairs Committee in Congress, Beto was a member of the El Paso City Council and a small business owner. He and his wife Amy have three children.
U. S. Representative District 3 Lorie Burch Facebook
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Lorie Burch is a wife, mother, attorney, small business owner, and former National President of the American Business Women’s Association. She has received numerous endorsements for experience in leadership and advocacy, from groups including: The Human Rights Campaign, The National Organization for Women, MoveOn, Justice Democrats, and Brand New Congress. As the first woman ever to win the nomination of a major party for the U.S. House of Representatives in Texas’ Third Congressional District, she is committed to campaign finance reform, bi-partisian cooperation to address economic issues that impact the working class, and providing affordable options for healthcare and education.
U. S. Representative District 4 Catherine Krantz Facebook
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My name is Catherine Krantz and I am running for Congress because we can do better. Better for our communities, better for our kids, better for our seniors and better for ourselves. That means Direct Investment in telecommunications infrastructure, healthcare, education, jobs creation, economic development and a path to prosperity for all of us. I will fight for Progressive American Values that benefit all Americans: Universal Health Care, Social Security Protection, Net Neutrality, a Living wage, Legalizing Cannabis for medical use and economic boost, Women’s Rights, Debt-Free College, Criminal Justice Reform, fighting income inequality and holding Wall Street accountable, getting big money out of politics and instituting term-limits for elected officials. We need a government that represents us. Vote for me and let me get to work for you.
U. S. Representative District 32 Colin Allred Facebook
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Born and raised in North Dallas by a single mom who was a Dallas public school teacher, Colin Allred was an All-Star athlete at Hillcrest High school and earned a full-ride football scholarship to Baylor University. Diploma in hand and prepared to attend law school, Colin deferred his acceptance to play in the NFL. He was a linebacker for five seasons before sustaining a career-ending injury that opened the door him to fulfill his other dream– becoming a civil rights attorney. After serving in President Obama’s administration, Colin moved home to Dallas and is running for Congress to represent the district he grew up in. Colin will bring North Texas values, fresh ideas and new leadership to Washington. He’ll work to lower healthcare costs, protect Medicare and Social Security, and expand job training programs so everyone has a chance at the American Dream.
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Governor Lupe Valdez Facebook
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I proudly support every plank of the Texas Democratic Party’s Texas Bill of Rights. From strengthening our economic security to defending the dignity and respect of every human being, these progressive ideas are rooted in Democratic values and are shared by a common sense majority of Texans. I believe the governor has the duty to set a vision for a Texas where everyone can accomplish their dreams and take part in the great prosperity of our state. It will take the voices of everyday Texans, passionate advocates and experts at the table, innovative and sometimes unconventional solutions, and an unwavering commitment to our common sense values.
Lieutenant Governor Mike Collier Facebook
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For too long, Texas politicians have been more interested in their political ambition than in doing right by the hard working people of our state. Texas needs leaders who have the courage to tell taxpayers the truth and who have the know-how to hold the Texas politicians accountable. Mike will be the kind of independent Lt. Governor we need fighting for us.
Attorney General Justin Nelson Website
My name is Justin Nelson. I’m a husband, a father of three, a lawyer, a professor at UT Law School, a former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the founder of the non-profit One Nation One Vote, and a native Texan. I’m also running as a Democrat for Attorney General of Texas. I will work for ALL Texans, not for special interests. I will work to stop corruption, fraud, and government waste. I will work to safeguard consumer protections. I will work to ensure everyone is treated equally under the law. Let’s do this!
Comptroller of Public Accounts Joi Chevalier Facebook
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Joi Chevalier wants to change Texas for the better. She has mentored small businesses, served on public work boards, and has 20 years of experience in delivering visionary leadership, complex solutions, and financial models to create successful products and companies. Joi knows just what a good Comptroller needs to be, and knows that she can not only excel at the job, but use the position to affect greater change than any Comptroller before her.

Commissioner of the General Land Office Miguel Suazo Facebook
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I am running for Land Commissioner because it is time for new leadership in Texas and I am qualified for the office. I represent regular folks in my law practice, as well as small and large companies who need a job done. I know business and I know people. Other than the love and support of my family, and the value-s learned growing up on a cattle ranch, I am self-made – nothing’s been handed to me. I will bring that approach to the General Land Office. I am an attorney specializing in energy and natural resources and I am an outdoorsman. I will use my expertise to bring professionalism and pride to the General Land Office while protecting the land that we love.
Commissioner of Agriculture Kim Olson Facebook
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Kim Olson, Colonel, United States Air Force, retired, is the Democratic nominee for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture.
During Kim’s 25-year service to the Air Force, she was part of the first generation of female military pilots, with 4,000 hours of flying time and commanding troops in several combat zones, including Iraq. She later volunteered with the Texas State Guard for three years as Director of IT and personnel systems at their Austin headquarters. Her expertise prepared and trained the 2,300 volunteer military forces who augment state and local authorities during natural and manmade disasters. Kim is a fourth generation farmer, learning to serve as a steward of our land, air, and water and sharing those lessons with others. On her own family farm in Palo Pinto County, Kim raises vegetables, keeps bees, and cultivates native grasses. She utilizes sustainable, generative practices that ensure that the farm’s resources will be available for future generations of farmers. Kim was HR director with Dallas ISD, overseeing 22,000 employees and a billion-dollar budget, and she served two terms on the Weatherford ISD Board of Trustees. She authored Iraq and Back, Inside the War to Win the Peace and was President of Grace After Fire to support female veterans returning from combat. Her commitment to Texans earned her an induction into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame. Kim is dedicated to a sustainable future for agriculture, improving domestic and export markets for our state’s farmers and ranchers, promoting rural development, and ensuring access to healthy food for all Texans.
Railroad Commissioner Roman McAllen Facebook
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Tell the truth. Return what you borrow. History matters. Respect your fiduciary duties, and when you know you are right, be fearless.
I grew up often at one end of a table saw helping my father, who taught me these values, to build things. He also taught me to trust the bubble of a level, to use leverage, and to fasten things well. My mother, among so many other things, taught me to be sensitive to the plight of others, and to help people. We are seeing people doing the wrong thing; we are seeing people lying and we are seeing deliberate deception, all led by the GOP administration and supported by our statewide elected officials. This is not the Texas way and I think folks have had enough. I think Texans are better than that.
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 2 Steven Kirkland Facebook
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Judge Steven Kirkland is running for the Supreme Court, because Texans deserve justice, not politics, from their Supreme Court. Judge Steven Kirkland is currently Judge in the 334 th Civil District Court of Harris County. He has previously served as Judge in the 215 th Civil District Court and in the Houston Municipal Courts. His professional career includes representing the City of Houston, international oil companies and individual homeowners. Judge Kirkland is active in promoting recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, affordable housing, historic preservation, and LGBT rights. His affordable housing projects have been recognized with awards by the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance and he was awarded the 2006 Government Friend of the Homeless by Coalition for the Homeless of Houston and Harris County.
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 4 R.K. Sandill Facebook
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I’m R.K. Sandill and running for the Texas Supreme Court, Place 4. Currently, I am the Judge of the 127th District Court in Harris County, Texas. I am the only South Asian District Court Judge in Texas, and I’m running to make our high court work for all Texans, not just for those with an extremist agenda.
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6 Kathy Cheng Website
I am a private practitioner in the Greater Houston area seeking this position to bring diversity to the Texas Supreme Court.
Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Maria T. (Terri) Jackson Website
Judge Maria T. Jackson has been the presiding Judge of the 339th State District Court in Houston, Harris County, Texas since the election of 2008. Judge Jackson presides over serious felony offenses, which run the gamut from low-level drug offenses to capital murder. She has presided over one hundred jury trials and several have been featured on The First 48 Hour national television show. She has appeared on many Houston radio and media outlets like Red, White and Blue Political Show, Magic 102, KCOH, and The Prison Show on FM 90.1. Judge Jackson has taken the lead in implementing sweeping changes for DWI probationers in her court. These changes are so notable that the Harris County Probation Department has followed Judge Jackson’s lead in implementing them county wide.
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 7 Ramona Franklin Facebook
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Judge Ramona Franklin presides over the 338th Criminal District Court. Upon graduating from law school, Judge Franklin moved to Houston to serve as an assistant district attorney for Harris County. Judge Ramona Franklin is committed to instilling confidence back into the community’s perception of the criminal justice system and will administer appropriate and fair sentences with a hand of grace, toughness and compassion. Judge Ramona Franklin ensures “Blindfold Justice,” for everyone in her courtroom regardless of a persons gender, race, sexual orientation, religion or socio economic background.
Member, State Board of Education, District 12 Suzanne Smith Facebook
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Children across North Texas in District 12 and throughout Texas need SBoE leaders to invest in best practices that improve educational outcomes from pre-K to high school graduation and strengthen Texas’ future workforce. With two decades of practical experience helping to improve the educational landscape, locally and nationally, I am ready to make that happen. As the daughter of career educators and a graduate of Rockwall High School, I share my parents’ passion for children. As a successful entrepreneur in strategic consulting with an MBA from Duke University, I know how to define problems, identify solutions, bring together effective collaborations, implement change and measure results with accountability. I also work directly with our young people as an adjunct professor at The University of Texas at Arlington and as a leader at YMCA, HOBY and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Suzanne is honored to receive the The Dallas Morning News endorsement for State Board of Education
State Senator, District 8 Mark Phariss Facebook
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Mark Phariss is the Democratic candidate for TX Senate District 8 and proud resident of Plano for over 14 years. A graduate of Vanderbilt Law School, Mark has been a business attorney for the past 32 years. He began in private practice helping small businesses grow and succeed. Since then he has worked as a general counsel for companies from a variety of industries. His background has prepared him to be a legislator who can fight for all Texans. “When Austin spends more time on ‘show your papers’ laws than funding public education, relieving high property taxes, or building roads worthy of Texas, there is something wrong with our legislators’ priorities.” “I will be a Senator who supports our public school system, builds the infrastructure our future demands, supports the growth of good jobs, ensures affordable college education, and works for a Texas we can all believe in.
State Senator, District 30 Kevin Lopez Facebook
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As State Senator for District 30, Kevin will focus on the real issues Texans face everyday by giving top priority to education, job growth, economic development, healthcare, infrastructure, veteran assistance and public safety. Kevin will work with local governments, EDCs, school districts, law enforcement and fire agencies to bring them the resources their communities need to be successful. Kevin has been married to his wife Erin for 18 years and they have two wonderful children, Vanessa (10) and Kellen (8). They love to travel and visit the many great State and National Parks Texas has to offer.
State Representative District 33 Laura Gunn
My name is Laura Gunn and I am a candidate for the Texas House of Representatives, district 33. I am a mother, a wife and a Girl Scout Leader. I am a graduate of The Ohio State University…(Go Bucks). I paid for my college education with my high school vocational training in drafting. I worked for over 13 years in Engineering and also 4 years in the Fine Arts Department at Collin College. These days I am a stay at home mom. This is my first time running for office. I have never had political aspirations, but I do love a challenge. I decided to run for office because I believe my needs as a taxpayer and a Texan are not being met. There have been big changes with the past year. The loss of humanity, honor, and equality in the eyes of the world. We can come back from this. Let’s bring back balance to government. Be a part of the wave. Be the change. Vote in November.
State Representative District 66 Sharon Hirsch Facebook
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The primary focus of my campaign is my concern for issues relating to children and families. I have spent most of my adult life working as a community volunteer and advocate for our public schools. I believe that investments in excellent education, a fair economy, and improved health and well-being are investments that are good for Texans and good for business. I understand the state’s role in crafting policy and appropriating funds to programs and services that directly impact the people. Government can work, it must work, and it will work when representatives are willing to work together on issues that are important to the people they are elected to serve.
State Representative District 67 Sarah Depew Facebook
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Sarah Depew believes strongly in the responsibilities of citizenship and commitment to community. She has a master’s degree in psychology and has spent her professional life advocating for children in foster care. She believes we can do more to prevent child abuse and protect children in foster care. Sarah is also passionate about the US Constitution and defending liberty equally for all Texans.
State Representative District 70 Julie Luton Facebook
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Julie Luton is running for State Representative to save our schools, protect healthcare, and work with other leaders to find solutions to Texas-sized problems. She chose to run for office because she believes this community deserves a representative who will work hard and represent the values of ALL residents, rather than follow the personal convictions of just a few. In the over 17 years she’s lived in the district, she’s connected with, supported, and loved this community. She’s spent hundreds and hundreds of hours working with schools, charities, churches, and individuals. She commits to bringing that same work ethic to Austin to represent District 70.
State Representative District 89 Ray Ash Facebook
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Ray Ash is highly qualified to represent Texas House District 89. Ray is a tax attorney, certified public accountant, former prosecutor, US Army veteran, small business owner, long time civic volunteer and activist and dedicated family man. He is a native Texan who traces his family to Harris County as early as 1864. Ray served as a member of the Murphy Commission that wrote the city’s original charter in 2004. Ray was a Texas State Delegate for the 2008 presidential election and a National Delegate for the 2016 presidential election. Ray will focus on genuine property tax reform, teacher pensions, proper funding of public schools, and infrastructure.
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Chief Justice, 5th District Court of Appeals Robert Burns Website
Judge Robert Burns currently presides over Texas Criminal District Court No. 1, a felony district court in Dallas County. Judge Burns has broad legal experience as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney, as well as his three terms of judicial service. He has earned a solid reputation as a fair, hard working judge, and he has consistently ranked at the top for the felony district court judges evaluated by the Dallas Bar Association judicial poll.
Justice, 5th District Court of Appeals, Place 2 Robbie Partida-Kipness Facebook
Robbie Partida-Kipness is a civil attorney with significant litigation experience in the courts of Dallas County. She will bring 19 years of experience to the Fifth District Court of Appeals, Place 2.
Justice, 5th District Court of Appeals, Place 5 Erin Nowell Facebook
Erin Nowell is a Democrat running for Fifth District Court of Appeals, Place 5. This court handles appeals for civil, family and criminal cases from six North Texas counties. Nowell has outstanding qualifications and extensive trial experience.
Justice, 5th District Court of Appeals, Place 9 Bill Pedersen Facebook
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Bill Pedersen is a candidate for Place 9 on the Fifth Court of Appeals, a court that serves Dallas, Collin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman, and Rockwall counties. Bill has represented clients in all six counties subject to the jurisdiction of the Fifth Court of Appeals and has practiced law in North Texas for 17 years. Bill has also tried approximately a hundred jury trials to verdict, and his extensive experience and knowledge of the legal issues that will be decided by the Court of Appeals make him the best candidate for this position. He has been endorsed by the Committee for a Qualified Judiciary, the Mexican American Democrats of Texas Causa Chapter, the Preston Hollow Democrats, and the local chapter of the AFL-CIO. He also won the 2018 Texas State Bar poll for Place 9 on the Fifth Court of Appeals.
Justice, 5th District Court of Appeals, Place 10 Amanda Reichek Facebook
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Amanda Reichek is the Democratic nominee for the Fifth District Court of Appeals, Place 10. She has 15 years of civil practice experience and is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Amanda has been named a Texas Super Lawyer from 2013-2018, and a Top 50 Woman Lawyer in 2017 and 2018. She has devoted her legal career to representing individuals and labor unions and looks forward to bringing her experience to bear on behalf of all North Texans.
Justice, 5th District Court of Appeals, Place 11 Cory Carlyle Facebook
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Appellate lawyer Cory Carlyle will bring intellectual diversity to the all-Republican thirteen-member Fifth Court of Appeals. Mr. Carlyle’s extensive experience representing indigent criminal defendants will bring a currently unvoiced perspective to the court. As an appellate lawyer, Mr. Carlyle’s broad experience uniquely qualifies him for this specialized job: he has litigated more than 100 appeals in cases dealing with a range of issues including murder, contracts, DWI, assault, and legal malpractice.
Justice, 5th District Court of Appeals, Place 12 Ken Molberg Facebook
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Ken Molberg is the Judge of the 95th Judicial District Court of the State of Texas. He also currently serves as the Local Administrative District Judge of Dallas County, with responsibilities for the county’s 39 district courts and other matters. He previously served as the Presiding Judge of all Civil District Courts of the county for three terms. Before taking the bench in January 2009, Judge Molberg, a graduate of SMU School of Law, was a trial lawyer for more than 33 years. He was named “Jurist of the Year” for 2017 by TX-ABOTA, the statewide organization for all Texas chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates. In 2011, he received the “Trial Judge of the Year” award from the Dallas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and he was named to the Dallas Bar Association Board of Directors for 2012. He is also the 2016 recipient of the Charles J. Murray Outstanding Jurist Award, presented annually by the Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association. He is rated as one of the higher among his 12 colleagues in the Dallas Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Poll for overall performance, legal knowledge, preparedness, temperament and demeanor, and expeditious issuance of opinions and orders.
Justice, 5th District Court of Appeals, Place 13 Leslie Lester Osborne Facebook
Licensed to practice law in Texas since 1995, Leslie Lester Osborne is a civil attorney with significant complex litigation experience in first and third party insurance defense, product and premises liability defense, and commercial litigation. Leslie Lester Osborne graduated from Denison High School in 1987 and from Oklahoma State University in 1991. After earning her Juris Doctor at the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1994, Ms. Osborne returned to her hometown in Grayson County, TX, where she began her civil litigation defense practice at The Law Offices of Richard Harrison in Sherman, TX. In 1997, Ms. Osborne moved to Dallas, TX, where she continued her civil litigation practice in the areas of first and third party insurance defense, product and premises liability defense, residential construction liability, and commercial litigation.
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County Judge Danyell Lanier Facebook
Collin County Judge-Candidate, Danyell Lanier is a proud Navy Veteran that has been a Collin County resident since 2006. Danyell is currently serving on the Board of Ethics for the City of Wylie (Alt). She is a dedicated wife and mother that tackles any task before her with transparency, dedication and passion.
District Clerk Karmin Kirschner Facebook
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Karmin decided to run for local office upon realizing a desire to serve her community and contribute to its safety and prosperity.
With a Business Computer Information Systems degree and 10 years of professional experience in data management and reporting and analytics, Karmin plans to bring a fresh perspective into records management and increased efficiency in the courts processes. She has experience interpreting government documents and executing projects with large financial implications. It is of utmost importance to her to maximize the use of taxpayer dollars and streamline current processes.
County Clerk David Chevalier Facebook
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I am a candidate running for Collin County Clerk in 2018. I view this as an excellent opportunity to better serve this wonderful community, and a chance to bring my own commitment to a job needing dedicated people. I would like your assistance during this voting cycle, ending on 6 November 2018. The County Clerk works in support of all Collin County citizens. Some of the major responsibilities include Licenses and Certificates (Marriage, Birth/Death, Assumed Name, etc.), Bail Bonds, recording Real Estate/Land transactions, filing court cases, and also overseeing the Treasury office. Due to the large number of responsibilities this office maintains, the role will be best served by someone with experience in traditional work, and with an ability to change gears at a moments notice. My background in various types of work will assist me greatly in managing this position. I am the candidate with Experience, Know-how, Leadership, Dedication, and Efficiency.
County Commissioner Pct.2 Tanner Do Facebook
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I fought for our country and will continue to fight for you. I have lived a life dedicated to public service. It would be an honor to serve and make history as the first Asian-American representing Collin County, Precinct 2. I intend to accomplish this task successfully through my proven track record of leadership as a member of the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University, and as a staff member with the State of Texas and federally elected officials on both sides. I have put the welfare of the nation before my own while defending the constitution of the United States of America fulfilling my obligations to this great nation as an Airborne Infantry with the 82nd Airborne Division. My leadership was tested and proven on the battlefields of Iraq. Being a proven leader coupled with the desire to do what I can, and all that I can for our country, led me to run for public office. I am a leader who exemplifies ethical and honest behavior, good stewardship, commitment to the growth of people, and building a stronger community.
County Commissioner Pct.3 (unexpired term) David Azad Facebook
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“THE NUMBERS ARE STAGGERING” These are the words of the outgoing county judge referencing the county’s readiness for the growth to come. With the population of Collin County projected to double in the next 10 years, we are at a crossroads. Without proper planning, the strain on our infrastructure will grow exponentially. We need to elect a serious candidate who is dedicated to solving the problems in our county–not another elected official who will use the position for self-enrichment while this great county runs on autopilot. David is a business-minded Democrat who has been a small business owner for over 10 years. He knows how to balance a budget while creating growth within that budget. As an attorney, David will use his experiences to fight for his constituents to confront these challenges head on!
County Commissioner Pct.4 Byron Bradford Facebook
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As a (Retired) Senior Non-Commissioned Officer in the United States Army, I have managed projects at the Battalion, Brigade and Division levels. Over my career, I have held several duties that where called positions of trust. These positions required extensive background checks and approval from a General due to the nature and confidentiality of the duties involved. My first duty station was Fort Bragg, North Carolina, as a member of the All-American 82nd Airborne Division. I understand my responsibilities inherent in this role. Superior service is what Collin County residents deserve and when you elect me, superior service is what Collin County residents will get. Teamwork, Duty and Selfless service were just a few of the leadership characteristics I will bring to Precinct 4 as your Collin County Commissioner.
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Justice of the Peace Pct.1 Misty Irby Facebook
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Misty wants to be the next Collin County Justice of the Peace in Precinct 1 because of her love and appreciation for this community. She will apply her knowledge, wisdom, and experience to the courtroom to make a difference in the lives of others. Her educational background; intelligence and analytical skills make her the ideal candidate for this position. Her passion for human rights and social justice has propelled her to seek this office in an effort to provide hope and equal justice from the bench. Everyone will be able to rest assured that once they enter her courtroom, they will obtain a fair hearing without pride or prejudice.
Justice of the Peace Pct.2 Dian Engelman Facebook
I am running for Justice of the Peace for JP District 2 in Collin County because I believe I can make a difference and do a good job.
Justice of the Peace Pct.3 Place.2 Ramona Brumfield Facebook
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Ramona Brumfield is running for the 2018 Justice of the Peace seat, Precinct 3 Place 2 in Collin County. Ramona Brumfield will make a difference in the court room by applying her analytical skills while making sure the law is fairly dispensed in the courtroom. Ramona Brumfield will change the trajectory of the disenfranchised by creating diversion programs. Ramona will bring Teen Court so first time offenders won’t become repeat offenders and Night Court for more public accessibility. Everyone who walks in Ramona Brumfield courtroom will receive a fair hearing without undue influence or prejudice. Ramona Brumfield worked as an Assistant Vice President, Operation Analyst Paralegal for ReconTrust Company, N.A., a Bank of America affiliated company. Ramona Brumfield has worked in the legal field for several years with emphasis in banking foreclosures process in 12 states. Ramona received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix in Dallas, Texas and completed her Paralegal studies from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Ramona Brumfield is a member of the University of Phoenix Lambda Sigma Chapter of the International Business Honor Society, Delta Mu Delta. While in school, Ms. Brumfield thoroughly enjoyed business law, contract law, torts law, and litigation law.
Justice of the Peace Pct.4 Carissa Picard Facebook
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Cariss Picard is a working mom who has made Plano, Texas her home and who endeavors to secure justice and fairness for all.