There are five local runoffs for the Democratic primary, so we should expect to see updated endorsements from various groups soon. Two of them have already issued theirs. First up, wasting no time at all, is Democracy for Houston:
DEMOCRACY FOR HOUSTON met Wednesday, March 3rd to issue endorsements in the April 13th Democratic Primary Runoff. DFH members voted UNANIMOUSLY to endorse the following candidates:
TANNER GARTH – Civil District Court 234
LEE ARELLANO – Civil District Court 270
BRUCE KESSLER – Family District Court 308
BRAD MORRIS – Family District Court 311
DON COFFEY – Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3, Place 2
DFH is PROUD to announce that 65 0f 76 DFH ENDORSED candidates won or made it into the runoff. Please refer to the attachment for further details, including CHRONICLE endorsements, resumes and candidate websites on each of our endorsed candidates in the April runoff. It is likely that there will be a VERY SMALL turnout in April, so EVERY VOTE has a GREATER IMPACT on these judicial choices.
Executive Steering Committee Member, Democracy For Houston
In the first round, DFH endorsed Garth in the 234th, Arellano and Charles Spain in the 270th, Kessler in the 308th, and Steve Herskowitz and Damiann Curvey Banieh in the 311th. As far as I can tell, they did not endorse in JP races for the March election.
Next up is the HGLBT Political Caucus:
The Caucus is proud of the work we did for the 2010 Primary. For those races where no one reached more than 50 percent of the vote, a runoff will be held April 13. The Caucus endorses these candidates for that runoff. All the following races are for the Democratic Primary. We are a nonpartisan organization, but only Democratic candidates opted to screen. Click here for a printer-friendly version.
Judge, 234th District Court: Tanner Garth
Judge, 270th District Court: Lee Arellano
Judge, 308th Family District Court: Bruce Kessler
Judge, 311th Family District Court: Deborah Wright
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3, Place 2: Denise Graves
The Round One endorsees for the Caucus were Garth, Spain, Kessler, and Herskowitz. Again, I don’t recall them venturing into the JP races at that time. Martha has more.
I will likely track these endorsements as before, most likely on the 2010 Election page as before, but I haven’t decided how I want to do it yet, so for now, this is what we’ve got.