Cam­paign debt

Houston Chronicle - - FROM THE COVER -

Re­gard­ing “Thumbs Up, down (Page A 13, Jan. 7), the “thumbs down” ques­tions my ethics in re­quest­ing con­tri­bu­tions to my cam­paign when I al­legedly had no cam­paign debt. Con­trary to lawyer and blog­ger Mark Ben­nett’s as­ser­tion that my “eight days be­fore the elec­tion” cam­paign re­port showed I “had no cam­paign debt,” the filed re­port in fact re­flected $938.45 in non-re­im­bursed po­lit­i­cal ex­pen­di­tures made from my per­sonal funds.

There is no men­tion that my let­ter re­quest­ing a con­tri­bu­tion was not only to re­tire debt, but also to cover var­i­ous of­fice­holder ex­penses, an im­por­tant omis­sion.

Some ex­penses in­curred for con­tin­u­ing ju­di­cial ed­u­ca­tion and le­gal sem­i­nars are not cov­ered by govern­men­tal funds or oth­er­wise, nor are ju­di­cial robes, etc. Mine is a four-year term, and I may not ac­cept a con­tri­bu­tion af­ter March 8, 2017. Any lack of funds to cover cam­paign debt and of­fice­holder ex­penses, af­ter that date, will be solely mine to bear. Herb Ritchie, Har­ris County judge, 337th Crim­i­nal Dis­trict Court

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