Best and worst

On Elec­tion Day, sup­port the five-star can­di­dates and op­pose the one-star politi­cos.

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - OUTLOOK -

Those vot­ing on Tues­day might be tempted to hit the straight-ticket but­ton and be done. The bal­lot is long and the ju­di­cial elec­tions can be con­fus­ing. Democrats want to pun­ish Re­pub­li­cans for Pres­i­dent Trump’s poli­cies. Re­pub­li­cans want to hold the line against even a smidge of blue.

For those un­will­ing to break ranks, at least con­sider this op­tion: Straight-ticket light. Se­lect your party then go back through the bal­lot and make sure you’re vot­ing for this short list of the best can­di­dates while avoid­ing the ab­so­lute worst.

Vote for the best can­di­dates County Judge, Ed Em­mett — Repub­li­can Party:

County Judge Ed Em­mett stands as a sym­bol of re­spon­si­ble gov­er­nance. He's also will­ing to reach across the aisle when ap­pro­pri­ate. Ex­am­ple: he says he's vot­ing for Demo­crat Mike Col­lier for lieu­tenant gov­er­nor.

1st Court of Ap­peals, Place 2, Jane Bland — Repub­li­can Party:

Jus­tice Jane Bland is re­spected by peers for her even-hand­ed­ness, work ethic and her in­no­va­tive ap­proach to com­plex le­gal mat­ters. Bland truly is one of the best judges in Texas.

228th Crim­i­nal Dis­trict Court: Marc Carter — Repub­li­can Party:

Judge Marc Carter stepped up to over­see the first Vet­er­ans Treat­ment Court Pro­gram in Texas, and he has earned a rep­u­ta­tion as one of the most fair judges in Har­ris County.

232nd Crim­i­nal Dis­trict Court, Kristin M. Guiney — Repub­li­can Party:

Judge Kristin M. Guiney is one of those rare crim­i­nal court judges who can't seem to wait un­til her job be­comes ob­so­lete. She clearly ar­tic­u­lates how so many peo­ple who come through her court of­ten need help more than pun­ish­ment.

312th Fam­ily Dis­trict Court, David Farr — Repub­li­can Party:

Judge David Farr stands out as a pil­lar of re­li­a­bil­ity in a fam­ily court sys­tem of­ten over­whelmed with trauma and con­tro­versy.

Do not vote for the worst can­di­dates

United States Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Dis­trict 18, Ava Reynero Pate - Repub­li­can Party:

Ave Reynero Pate has dis­missed the plight of Holo­caust refugees and that mer­its spe­cial at­ten­tion.

At­tor­ney Gen­eral, Ken Pax­ton - Repub­li­can Party:

What's there to say about At­tor­ney Gen­eral Ken Pax­ton that one day won't be ex­plained to a jury? He's fac­ing charges for felony in­vest­ment fraud. He's also try­ing to get rid of pro­tec­tions for peo­ple with pre­ex­ist­ing con­di­tions.

Agri­cul­ture Com­mis­sioner, Sid Miller - Repub­li­can Party:

Je­sus shots. Fake news on Face­book. Fees on farm­ers. His war on BBQ. Sid Miller has lit­tered the agri­cul­ture com­mis­sioner's of­fice with the po­lit­i­cal equiv­a­lent of cow pies. Time for tax­pay­ers to clean house.

State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Dis­trict 135, Gary Elkins - Repub­li­can Party:

State Rep. Gary Elkins has been caught self-deal­ing for his pay­day loan busi­ness and spent the last leg­isla­tive ses­sion block­ing bills that would pro­mote open gov­ern­ment.

Dis­trict Judge, 228th Dis­trict Court, Frank Aguilar - Demo­cratic Party:

Frank Aguilar doesn’t seem to be run­ning a cam­paign and the only in­for­ma­tion we can find is that a for­mer mag­is­trate with his name was charged in 2010 with as­sault on a fam­ily mem­ber.

Dis­trict Judge, 263nd Dis­trict Court, Charles John­son - Repub­li­can Party:

Charles John­son has been rep­ri­manded by the Texas State Bar, forced to re­fund client money and re­peat­edly sued for not pay­ing his bills.

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