Red Sonja’s Endorsements For Judicial Races (Bexar County) Run Off Election May 27, 2014

The Judicial elections are of the utmost importance, especially at a time when so many judges are being activists from the bench. The decisions from the bench directly impact the lives of local residents. It’s a shame that so little is known about the judicial positions. I have done research on the candidates and believe that the best Republican nominees for judge are Crystal Chandler for County Court at Law #13 and Susan Skinner for County Court at Law #14. Lorina Rummel in the 144th District Court race is the candidate for whom you should cast your vote.

If you voted in the Republican Primary, you are eligible to vote in the Republican Run Off, and if you did not vote in the primary you may vote in the Republican Run Off. If you voted in the Democrat Primary, you MAY NOT VOTE IN THE REPUBLICAN RUN OFF ELECTION.

Seldom do I agree with the Liberal San Antonio Express News, but I do agree with their Republican judge selection. More importantly, these three candidates have been endorsed by the Texas Leadership Institute for Public Advocacy. I urge you to think before you vote for a candidate that is NOT ready or should in some cases NEVER be seated.

County Court-at-Law 13

Because family violence has far-reaching effects in our community County Court at Law 13 deserves a judge with the unique experience in the courts and beyond. Chandler has demonstrated a heartfelt desire to protect families and a genuine commitment to serving the citizens of Bexar County. As an appellate prosecutor she continues to handle family violence cases. She practices before the intermediate courts of appeals, the Texas Supreme Court, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States.

She has practiced criminal law for 16 years. After obtaining her law degree from St. Mary’s Law School, she worked for 2 years at the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the highest criminal court in Texas. For the last 14 years, she has served Bexar County as an Assistant District Attorney. Chandler was a family violence prosecutor specializing in the prosecution of sex crimes against children and domestic violence crimes, including murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping and violation of protective orders due to physical abuse. She was also responsible for the prosecution of all felony offenses relating to the physical abuse of children including baby death cases.

Chandler is also a founding member of a national non-profit, which in 2013 was named to the United Nation’s list of 100 Best Anti-Human Trafficking Practices in the world. Her experience, wisdom, and good judicial temperament make her the best qualified for this bench.

BILL HARRIS: Crystal Chandler has a reputation in the legal community of being a hard-nosed and thoroughly-prepared prosecutor. She served several years in the Family Violence Section trying the really difficult cases. Later she served in the Appellate Section. With both trial and appellate experience, Crystal is uniquely qualified to be a judge of Country Court at Law 13.

County Court-at-Law 14

Susan Skinner is a native of San Antonio and 1976 graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School. She has a strong record of academic excellence having earned a BSW from Texas State University, a MSW from Our Lady of the Lake University, and graduated from St. Mary’s Law School.

Susan has dedicated her entire career to our criminal justice system, having worked as a child protective service worker, a probation officer, a criminal defense attorney, and an assistant district attorney. As a felony prosecutor under DA Steve Hilbig, Susan was responsible for the prosecution of gang related crimes and the drive by shootings that plagued our community in the 1990’s. Under DA Susan Reed, she was responsible for the prosecution of child death cases, domestic violence murders, and sexual molestation cases against children. She has demonstrated a genuine commitment to public service and wants to continue to serve the citizens of Bexar County by utilizing her 30 years of well-rounded experience as your next Judge of County Court at Law 14.

Susan Skinner with mother and sisters

BILL HARRIS: Susan Skinner has served 15 years as a prosecutor in the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office, many of those with the Family Violence Unit where she prosecuted many difficult, emotional cases. I know Susan to be firm, but fair with defense counsel and the public. I know her to be knowledgeable of the laws and believe she is an excellent choice for a County Court at Law 14.

144TH District Court

This is a criminal district court bench and I am running because this court handles the type of cases I have been trying for 22 years. I have been a practicing criminal trial attorney and have approximately five years in criminal defense and 17+ years in criminal prosecution. I have tried hundreds of jury trials to verdict and have handled thousands of felony cases. I have tried everything from a class C misdemeanor to Capital Murder - death penalty. I have tried 25-30 murders to verdict and 5 capital murder cases to verdict. I have the experience to handle the matters that come before this criminal bench. I also have experience as a prosecutor and a defense attorney, so I recognize and understand both sides of legal argument and will rule accordingly. This experience makes me a well rounded candidate.

I am also a mother of 4 and have been married for 22 years. I am very active in the local community - member of PTA's of elementary, middle and high school, committee member of Young Men's Service League - a philanthropy organization of mother's and sons, member of local Republican Women's groups, member and catechist teacher at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, board member of my home owner's association, and more.

I have had the privilege of serving the community and citizens of Bexar County throughout my career. I would like to continue to serve as the next Judge of the 144th D. Ct. I am running on my experience.

BILL HARRIS: I have known Lorina Rummel since she began working at the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office. She is an excellent prosecutor, knowledgeable in the law and astute in her judgment. I highly recommend Lorina for election to the 144th Judicial District Court.

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