Ho­hen­garten fac­ing first con­tested race in 14 years

Me­lan­con, Flores cite de­ci­sions by judge that ran­kled some lawyers.

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Ryan Au­tullo rautullo@states­man.com Judge

Travis County Judge Nancy Ho­hen­garten is fac­ing her first con­tested elec­tion since 14 years ago, when she took the bench in Court-at-Law No. 5. Her op­po­nents in the Demo­cratic pri­mary say a change is needed in the court’s leadership, point­ing to de­ci­sions Ho­hen­garten made in tri­als last year that ran­kled some mem­bers of the de­fense bar.

But while chal­lengers McKinley Me­lan­con and Mario Flores have raised a com­bined $21,696 in con­tri­bu­tions since July, Ho­hen­garten has raised $81,689 — with a healthy amount com­ing from de­fense lawyers. Among those back­ing her can­di­dacy are seven Demo­cratic groups along with Austin law­mak­ers U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett and state Sen. Kirk Wat­son.

Ho­hen­garten says sup­port for her re-elec­tion proves that a few in­ci­dents in her court­room over the past year are be­ing blown out of pro­por­tion by her foes.

“I have a tremen­dous amount of sup­port from the de­fense bar,” Ho­hen­garten said.

Some of the crit­i­cism goes back to a June Face­book post in which Ho­hen­garten said she had been pre­sid­ing over a trial and that one of the lawyers had “tor­tured” her. It was a joke, she later clar-

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