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Bexar County Court-at-Law No. 1

Judges serve 4 years and hear misdemeanor crimes, mostly DWI cases.
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    Tony Jimenez II (Dem) Attorney at Law

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    Helen Petry Stowe (Dem) Prosecutor

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Biographical Information

Please describe what combination of education, motivation and experience qualifies you for the office.

What would you do to make your court (or the court you are running for) more efficient?

Please explain your thoughts on recidivism and how your court can reduce repeat incarcerations.

Do you think that judicial races should be non-partisan? Why or why not?

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Experience Special Bexar County Prosecutor Former Judge, County Court No. 7 Former City Night Magistrate, City of San Antonio Former Adjunct Professor, St. Mary School of Law
I graduated from the University of California, Boalt Hall, School of Law, one of the top Law schools in the country. I have been a Trial Attorney for over 40 years. Within this period of time, I have also served; as City Magistrate, for the City of San Antonio, a former County Court at Law Judge and Special Prosecutor. I also was an Adjunct Professor as St. Mary's Law School in the Trial Advocacy program. I've attended and participated in various continuing legal education programs and have been a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas. I have been directly involved in serving our community by creating and adopting programs that assisted in the education and well being of individuals who found themselves within the criminal justice system. My motivation is to continue serving the community in this capacity of a County Court at Law Judge.
My judicial philosophy is consistency. Be consistent with a set time schedule for operation of the Court docket. Have a written set of policies and procedures that the Court will operate by to ensure the effective administration of Justice.
I believe effective intervention reduces recidivism. I would work closely with the Community Supervision office to focus on education, job placement, counseling services dealing with drug addiction. These programs should be specific and direct in assisting first time offenders so that they do not find themselves in the same situation within the criminal justice system. I believe in strong intervention and not merely the collection of fines, court costs and supervisory fees for successful completion of community supervision.
Absolutely. Party affiliation should have no bearing on one's qualifications to be a judge. A judge takes a specific oath of office to insure the equal application of the law in every aspect and as to every individual appearing before their Court. As a former judge in the late 80's and early 90's I have spoken out against partisan election of judges. I believe the Legislature should look at retention elections or elections that are merit based. Unfortunately, the vast majority of voters do not know the qualifications of judicial candidates so it is easy to simply rely on party affiliation. The sad reality is that people vote not only based on party affiliation but race and gender. Your organization is doing a real service to the community in providing at least some insight as to who we are. We must all take it a step further.
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Experience Assistant District Attorney: February 2008-present Certified English Teacher
County Court 1 is a criminal misdemeanor court. My ten year legal career has been devoted to practicing criminal law. I became a prosecutor in February 2008. I have been in appeals, mental health, juvenile, DWI taskforce, family violence, intake, trial division, and the conviction integrity unit. I have handled more than 30 jury trials, more than 20 appellate briefs, and a large number of bench trials and post-conviction writs. I have presented oral argument to the 4th Court. I have spent years in some of the busiest courts in this county, including the 290th, 379th and 175th, where I handled countless pleas and motions. I have personally indicted hundreds of cases, and have a great breadth of criminal law experience. Having never run for judge before, I want voters to know I bring a lot to the table in terms of both trial and appellate experience. I also bring a great deal of life experience. I started college at 17 at UTSA as a teen mom, with a one year old daughter. I wo
County Court 1 could be run much more efficiently than it is being run currently. If elected, I will hold a daily docket, and ensure that my staff is punctual and arrives ready to get to work. This should go without saying, but I understand that this not always the case. I intend to hold a weekly trial docket and motions docket, and to make sure that people who want to have a jury trial have their cases heard as expeditiously as possible. It is important to me that people who have been accused of misdemeanors, and are sitting in jail because they can't afford a bond are prioritized in having their case resolved.
My experience as a prosecutor has given me great insight into this topic. If the root of the problem is not addressed, people will often continue to repeat the same mistakes. Drug, alcohol and mental health treatment is extremely important, and fortunately those are tools that will be at my disposal. But maintaining sobriety, and attending to mental health is a personal choice. As a judge, I will continue to offer up those services to the accused, and be a champion for the best outcomes. I will also hold people accountable for their actions, and require restitution for vocal and silent victims. I would also very much like to start a conversation with fellow county court judges on more measures that can be taken to grab the attention of young first time offenders, in the hopes of making a positive impact and making sure they get onto a better life path.
I do. Because judges are supposed to be neutral and follow the law, it is unfortunate that judges are elected based on something that has so little to do with the job at hand. Every election, especially here in San Antonio, we lose great judges in political waves. I am glad that we elect our judges, but I would prefer that it be in a non-partisan race.