I’m Elizabeth Hernandez and I'm running the U.S. House of Representatives—Texas 8th District—the seat currently held by Republican, Kevin Brady. I grew up in Texas and graduated from Sam Rayburn High School in Pasadena. Since graduating from high school, I have spent nearly 20 years performing a variety of roles in Accounting Departments of numerous companies, ranging from very large corporations to small, locally owned businesses.
I currently live and work full-time in The Woodlands, Texas. I have 3 children, Mackenzie, Brayden and Lyla, ages 14, 11 and 5 respectively, 2 of whom attend public schools in the Woodlands, with the youngest currently in Pre-Kindergarten at a local daycare. I am also working to complete my Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Sam Houston State University, where I am expected to graduate in July 2020.
I am running for Congress because, particularly when it comes to our fiscal issues, politicians say one thing, and do another. For example, the national debt is over $23 trillion. We have heard many politicians promise to “run the country like a business” and get the debt down. Yet, when elected, they ignore their promises. Kevin Brady has exacerbated the problem with the disastrous tax cuts primarily for the wealthy that he authored. As a result, we continue to operate at nearly $1 trillion annual deficits, and our debt continues to rise.
By last count, Congress has a total of 11 members with Accounting backgrounds, needs more Accountants to solve our fiscal issues. I have also extensively studied public policy, and I have real solutions that I want to implement once elected in the areas of education, infrastructure, healthcare and gun safety. I think you will find that the details offered in my platform elevate my candidacy above that of my opponent in both the Democratic Primary, and in the general election. I look forward to earning your vote in the March 3 Primary and the November 3 general election.
Jane Robinson is an appellate partner at Ahmad Zavitsanos Anaipakos Alavi & Mensing, a Houston litigation boutique. Jane has practiced in litigation and appeals for twenty years and has been board-certified as a specialist in civil appellate law since 2016. She is a contributing author of O’Connor’s Texas Rules * Civil Trials, the most widely used civil litigation guide in Texas, and has been selected by her peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America for appellate work. Jane is running for Chief Justice of the Fourteenth Court of Appeals, and is proud to have been endorsed in the primary by the Texas Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO; the Fort Bend County Tejano Democrats; the Fort Bend Young Democrats; and the Greater Heights Democratic Club.
• Staff attorney in the mid-1990s at the First Court of Appeals.
• Between 1993 and 2019 handled 364 appeals in all of the 16 appellate courts in Texas.
• In 2017, argued in the United States Supreme Court.
• Handled appeals in the Fifth and Tenth United States Courts of Appeals in New Orleans and Denver, and in the Sixth Court of Appeals in California.
• Over 80 opinions published in the United States Reports, the Federal Reporter, and the Southwestern Reporter.
• Handled federal and state jury trials in 18 counties throughout Texas many of which are located in the 10 counties within the First Court of Appeals’ jurisdiction.
• Handled federal and state bench trials in Galveston and McAllen, Texas, and in Shreveport, Louisiana.
• Currently handling over 20 appeals in Texas courts of appeals.
• Married with 5 children.
Cherí Thomas is running to become a Justice on Texas’s 14th Court of Appeals. An honors graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, Cherí has practiced civil litigation at Baker Botts, LLP and Stuart PC. Cherí has also worked as an attorney in the courts, supporting federal and state judges. Cherí was named a “Rising Star” in Texas Super Lawyers magazine for five years and was recently named a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation (which is comprised of the top 1/3 of 1% of Texas attorneys).
Cherí is also a proud wife and mother. She has been married to her husband Lewis Thomas for 17 years. Cherí and Lewis have three amazing daughters and one fuzzy Samoyed.
Lennon C. Wright graduated from the University of Texas in 1973 with a degree in English, which he earned 2 years and 9 months after starting his college classes. He then graduated from the University of Houston law school in 1977, magna cum laude. In his 41 years of practicing law, Mr. Wright has always represented individuals, families and small businesses, almost always as a plaintiff's lawyer. He is a current member of the Houston Trial Lawyers Association and the Texas Bar Association. He has been affiliated with the Texas Trial Lawyers, American Trial Lawyers and the American Association For Justice. Mr. Wright has tried over 100 jury trials and handled over 70 appeals. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating a lawyer can have. More information is available on the campaign webs
Judge Elizabeth Davis Frizell is a highly respected and well-known lawyer, judge, and community leader. For the past 26 years, she has tried and/or presided over hundreds of cases. After receiving her B.A. from Prairie View A&M University and J.D. from Thurgood Marshall School of Law, her legal career entailed working for the U.S. Department of Justice, 13 years as a solo practitioner of criminal, family, and juvenile law, presiding judge in the cities of Balch Spring, Lucas, Princeton, and Dallas - including 10 years as a Dallas County Judge and Dallas Criminal District Court Judge. She is a graduate of the Judicial College, chaired the Dallas Judicial Nominating Commission, co-chaired the Dallas Bar Criminal Justice Committee, and was a member of the State Bar Judicial Section and Dallas Family Violence Task Force. Since leaving the bench as a Judge, Elizabeth Davis Frizell formed her own legal firm, The Frizell Firm, and has joined Burt Barr and Associates LLP as Co-Counsel as a trial litigator.
As a community leader, Judge Frizell has served on the Board of Westcoast University, Junior League of Dallas, the Dallas Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She was awarded Judge of the year by the J.L. Turner Legal Association, is a Fellow of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Life Foundation and was honored with the 2017 Outstanding Award for Humanitarian by the Dallas Business & Professional Women’s Association. Judge Frizell also conducts legal clinics to assist residents in clearing their record of traffic citations and other misdemeanor offenses by providing them with free legal advice and educating the public about the importance of jury duty and criminal justice system.
Judge Frizell is married with two children and enjoys cycling, running, skiing, and playing the piano.
Judge Brandon Birmingham is the uncontested 2020 Democratic Nominee for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 9. He is in his second term in the 292nd Judicial District Court, a felony trial court in Dallas. He is the former presiding judge of all felony district courts in Dallas, is a visiting professor at SMU Law School, and is a documentary podcast creator. Learn more about him on social media at @JudgeBirmingham, or visit his website at JudgeBirmingham.com.
I am a wife, mother of three young sons, and an immigrant to this country. I have been practicing law for almost 20 years, handling a wide-variety of cases throughout Texas and other jurisdictions in the United States. I have represented numerous clients in state and federal courts in disputes involving oil and gas operations, real estate, healthcare, construction, personal injury, employment matters, trade secrets, non-compete and restrictive covenants, and a diverse range of complex contractual and business-related matters.
In addition to my private practice, I also provide pro bono legal services to underprivileged clients in different types of cases. I work directly with an organization called Kids in Need of Defense, providing pro bono representation to unaccompanied minors in their immigration and asylum proceedings. I also serve as outside counsel for Holy Trinity Episcopal School of Greater Houston, providing pro bono legal advice and representation to the school on various legal matters.
Although I now call Houston home, I was born in Chihuahua, Mexico and grew up in the El Paso, Texas border area. I graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Spanish (with honors), becoming the first person in my family to graduate from a 4-year university. In 1998, I moved to Houston to attend the University of Houston Law Center. I graduated with honors, becoming the first person in my family to obtain an advance degree and to become an attorney. While attending law school, I also had the privilege of becoming a United States citizen.
After law school, I secured a highly coveted position as a judicial law clerk working in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, where I had the opportunity to work on a significant number of civil matters pending before the court gaining invaluable experience. After my clerkship, and for the last 17 years, I have worked at two top-rated multinational law firms representing clients in matters across different industries in state and federal courts, including county courts at law, district courts, appellate courts, and before arbitral tribunals. During my career, I also had the opportunity to serve as a volunteer prosecutor for the City of Houston, where I tried numerous cases to the jury. My experience is extensive, and it has prepared me well for the judicial position I now seek.
I am running because I want to give serve my community and give back to the legal profession that gave me a voice and the opportunity to advocate on behalf of others. I want to bring my wealth of experience and diverse voice and background to the bench, where I will always strive to work with integrity, hard work, and excellence. I hope to earn your trust and your vote in the March 2020 Democratic Primary. It will be a privilege to serve you and our judiciary.
Judge Amparo Monique Guerra is a lawyer, judge, mom of three children, and wife, running for
the First Court of Appeals, Place 5. She practices law full time and serves as a Houston Municipal
Judge part-time. She is the first Hispanic partner in her law firm, and she has a wide range of
litigation experience handling complex cases throughout Texas and the U.S. When she was
originally appointed to be a Municipal Judge for the City of Houston in 2005, she was the youngest
sitting judge on the court, having been appointed at 28 years old. She is a graduate of Rice
University (double-major in Sociology and Latin American Studies), where she was on the
President’s Honor Roll. She obtained her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center, which
awarded her a Dean’s Merit Scholarship, as well as Public Interest Fellowships to work with Texas
Rural Legal Aid in South Texas, and with Farmworker Legal Services in Michigan. She clerked
for a U.S. District Judge immediately following law school. She looks forward to bringing her
background, strong work ethic, and experience as a lawyer and a judge to the Court of Appeals.
Being in service related occupations for over forty years what people want, need, and deserve has always been important to me. In the last seven years I’ve had the honor to serve and represent the residents of Grimes County. My experience working in the political realm has taught me to to hold the public’s interest close to heart. Some of my key goals for our county are improving infrastructure such as our roads, drainage, and internet services in our rural areas. We’ve made and continue to make safety and wellness a priority. Improving EMS services, providing indigent care,tele health medicine, transportation and senior services. Attracting and retaining qualified deputies,improving dispatch, defense and crime victims services continue to be a prime concern. I work continuously and collaborative to provide job opportunities and a ready workforce for our economic success. Along with our Commissioner Court we work persistently to provide quality services and a better way of life for all our citizens all while keeping county taxes low. Proven experience, insight, and dedication are what I bring to the table to address these issues head on and rally the support needed to make proper changes for a bright future for all our citizens.
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