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