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County Court-at-Law No.3

Judges serve 4 years and hear misdemeanor crimes, mostly DWI cases.
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    Ashley Foster (Rep) Attorney, Partner Foster & Foster, P.L.L.C.

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    Leslie Sachanowicz (Rep) Attorney

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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?

Campaign Phone (210) 222-1117
Campaign Email ashley@fosterlawcenter.com
Experience I have been a licensed attorney since 2000. I was an Assistant District Attorney for more than a decade and have been working since 2012 in the private sector, handing a multitude of legal issues. In that time, I have handled approximately 5,000 cases, with approximately 80+ jury trials. I am considerate, patient, experienced, and have an in depth knowledge of the Law and Rules of Evidence necessary to be a great judge.
The number one issue of my campaign is my commitment to not take any campaign contributions from attorneys. I feel strongly that judges should avoid even the mere appearance of impropriety and judicial bias. Judges need to stop taking money from the very attorneys who will be before them. I was licensed to practice law in 2000. I served in the District Attorney's Office as a trial attorney from 2001-2012. In 2012, I began working in the private sector handling a multitude of legal issues. I have extensive knowledge of the Law and Rules of Evidence from my vast jury trial experience. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Texas, at Austin. I received my Master's Degree in English Literature from University of North Texas. I am a graduate of St. Mary's University, School of Law. In addition, I am a graduate of St. Mary's Institute on World Legal Problems, Innsbruck, Austria and I am a certified mediator.
I want to run County Court-at-Law No. 3 as efficiently as possible, allowing the civil litigants who come before my bench to be afforded a fair trial with equal access to justice. County Court-at-Law No. 3 is one of two County Courts in Bexar County, out of 15 County Courts, that has been traditionally dedicated to hear civil matters. Civil matters currently assigned to its docket need to have precedence, but if the Court finds itself in a position in which nothing is immediately before it, I would avail myself of an Order of Assignment signed on October 12, 2017 by the Fourth Administrative Judicial Region and ask that cases from the Civil District Courts be assigned to me. I would also ask, should time permit, that criminal matters be assigned to me in order to make the most efficient use of the taxpayers' courtroom and money. My vast experience in both the District Attorney's Office and private practice make me the candidate most suited for these assignments.
County Court-at-Law No. 3 has traditionally been dedicated solely to civil matters. As such, it does not currently deal with criminal matters.
Yes, I believe that judicial races should be non-partisan. I believe they should be neutral, unbiased and objective. My job as a jurist will be to listen to the litigants before me and apply the Law to their facts without regard to any political affiliation, mine or theirs. They deserve a fair judge who is not controlled by any special interest group, but solely controlled by the Law.
Campaign Phone (210) 883-8565
Campaign Email les.law@hotmail.com
Experience As a former civil trial lawyer in the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office, Les has experience handling all types of civil cases and criminal in the courthouse on behalf of Bexar County taxpayers. He is also a certified mediator who has moderated many cases in Bexar County. With his wide range of experience, Les brings a unique and diverse set of knowledge and expertise. These skills, along with possessing a keen sense of discernment and temperament, make him the most qualified candidate to serve as your next Bexar County Court Judge #3.
Leslie "Les" Sachanowicz (pronounced Saw-Ha-No-Vitch) brings over 25 years of legal experience and 20 years of civil and criminal courtroom experience to the race for Bexar County Court Judge #3. Les is a living example of the American Dream. Les was born Leszek Sachanowicz in Siedlce, Poland. When he was six years old, his family immigrated from Communist Poland to Toronto, Canada. The sacrifices his parents made taught him early on the value hard work and perseverance. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, making him the first member of his family to attend and graduate from college. Les' lovely bride brought him to Texas where later he pursued a Masters in Public Administration from Texas State University and a Juris Doctorate from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio. As a former 20 year civil trial lawyer in the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office, Les has experience handling all types of cases and he has handling over 6,000 cases
This court is a court of general jurisdiction, meaning it can hear civil and criminal cases. Currently, this court only hears civil cases. I would open this court up to hear both criminal and civil cases. We don't need more more courts, we just need to have the courts take on more of the workload to save taxpayers money.
As mentioned in the above second question, I would take on criminal cases which would allow for more time to implement programs for the issues that stretch recidivism. Another course of action to reduce recidivism would be to establish a monthly check in docket on the individuals as to how they are doing in programs that they are mandated to enroll in.
No, because the judiciary is supposed to be unbiased. By having elections for judges, judicial candidates are mandated to to chose a side, to enroll in a party despite having no party allegiance. A retention election process, where the voters vote to retain current judge's in office would be a more unbiased system.