Black Women hold court: 19 vie for Harris County judicial spots

Political history is being made in Harris County as a record 19 Black women are running for judge in the upcoming Nov. 6 election. It also marks the first time in history that 19 Black women are running for judicial seats in one county, which happens to be the third largest county in the United States.

“These are 19 qualified and intelligent African-American women running for various judicial seats in this November’s election,” said Odus Evbagharu with the Harris County Democratic Party.

“To celebrate this historical moment and to bring awareness to the candidates, the…party created the Black Girl Magic Texas campaign. It’s imperative for our community to vote straight Democratic ticket to ensure that these women are elected.”

Evbagharu says the Party is 110 percent behind these candidates.

“We understand that it’s the year of the woman, especially women of color,” he added. “Women of color have been the base of the party for generations now. It’s important to promote that and we are behind them in every way possible.”

The Party has stepped up efforts, distributing posters, mailers, door hangers and utilizing social media. They have even developed a text messaging program where voters can text BGMagic to 25827 to join and get updated information on different events throughout the county.

The Black Women’s PAC, a group of 100 women leaders in the area, is also working to support the candidates.

“It’s been said over and over that Black women have been the backbone of the Democratic Party,” said Audrie Lawton, Campaign Director with the Black Women’s PAC. “It’s our vote that has made the difference in most elections. The time is now to reinvest that energy into our own. Not only on the local level, but the state and national as well.”

Statewide, 131 Black women are running for office. The PAC is working diligently to promote all of the candidates.

“We’re trying to link these women with other women in the community who can propel them to win,” Lawton said. “In addition to community events like our previous First Ladies Breakfast and candidates’ forums, we are attending church services and civic events as well as using the website and social media to get the word out about our candidates.”

Lawton said their efforts will culminate with a Women’s March on Oct. 27, where they are planning a march to the polls for the Saturday voting.

The PAC is open to any woman interested in working to support Black female candidates. Contact President Tracy Scott at BlackWomensPac@gmail.comto become part of the host and planning committee.

For more information on the candidates visitwww.BlackWomensPacTX.orgor www.harrisblackgirlmagic.com