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Ellis, Jackson Face Off In Primary For Harris County Commissioner Precinct 1

Ellis, Jackson Face Off In Primary For Harris County Commissioner Precinct 1

Bail bond reform and Harvey repairs are likely to be major issues in the primary contest between incumbent Commissioner Rodney Ellis and former felony court judge Maria T. Jackson.

ANDREW SCHNEIDER | POSTED ON JANUARY 22, 2020, 4:33 PM

There’s no Republican running for Harris County Commissioner Precinct 1, but the Democratic primary won’t be a walk in the park for the incumbent commissioner. Commissioner Rodney Ellis is facing a primary challenge from former felony court judge Maria T. Jackson.

Former Harris County Judge Ed Emmett says Jackson poses a real threat to Ellis. “Maria Jackson is making the argument that, following Harvey, really nothing’s been done in terms of houses repaired,” Emmett said. “I mean, that’s been well reported that there’ve only been a handful of households that have gotten money. And whether it’s the federal government that gets the blame or the state or the county, that’s going to play an interesting dynamic in this race.”

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Judge Maria T. Jackson kicks off campaign for Harris County Commissioner Precinct 1

Judge Maria T. Jackson kicks off campaign for Harris County Commissioner Precinct 1

Houston Style Magazine

Style Magazine Newswire | 10/22/2019, 5:31 p.m.

Standing on the steps of the Harris County Courthouse and surrounded by more than 60 friends, family and supporters, Judge Maria T. Jackson today kicked off her campaign to be the next commissioner for Harris County Precinct 1.

“I ask you to look around,” said Judge Jackson. “This looks like Harris County. I embrace our diversity, our thoughts, cultures and needs. Precinct 1 is where I was born and raised, and I have been serving this community for 30 years.”

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Judge Maria T. Jackson Calls Commissioner Rodney Ellis a Bully; Plans to Unseat Ellis in Tuesday, March 3, 2020 Democratic Primary

Judge Maria T. Jackson Calls Commissioner Rodney Ellis a Bully; Plans to Unseat Ellis in Tuesday, March 3, 2020 Democratic Primary

Aubrey R. Taylor Reports

By: Aubrey R. Taylor | FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2019

Judge Maria T. Jackson is supported by family members of the late Commissioner El Franco Lee, who served Precinct 1 for many years up until his untimely death back in 2016. In case you haven’t heard, Rodney Ellis currently holds the seat, and Judge Maria T. Jackson is planning to unseat Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in the Democratic Party Primary.

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Maria Jackson, longest-serving Harris County felony judge, steps down

Maria Jackson, longest-serving Harris County felony judge, steps down

Houston Chronicle

Zach Despart | Sep. 27, 2019

Maria T. Jackson, the longest-serving felony court judge in Harris County, said Friday she would resign from the bench.

Jackson made her announcement at a meeting of the Houston Bar Association. She confirmed her resignation, which she said will be effective Sept. 30, in a brief interview with the Houston Chronicle.

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To curb prostitution, Houston tries rehab instead of jail

To curb prostitution, Houston tries rehab instead of jail

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | JUN 26, 2013 | 10:05 AM

HOUSTON — Tricia Chambers began her life heavily dependent on heroin and methadone. From there, she was peddled into child pornography, and by 9 she had a full-fledged career in prostitution, alongside her mother.

Now 42, Chambers is getting what she believes to be her first real chance — in a downtown Houston cellblock.

There, in stark contrast to Chambers and the other orange-clad inmates, is Kathryn Griffin Grinan — a former prostitute who now dons a business suit and heels as she transforms her nonprofit, We’ve Been There Done That, into a taxpayer-funded program that is teaming up with law enforcement and the court system to reform these women.

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Meet ‘Black Girl Magic,’ The 19 African-American Women Elected As Judges In Texas

Meet ‘Black Girl Magic,’ The 19 African-American Women Elected As Judges In Texas

NPR
January 16, 2019 | 4:17 PM ET
Heard on All Things Considered

Though Houston and Harris County make up one of the most ethnically and racially diverse metro areas in the country, that hasn’t always been reflected in its judges. But the region recently took a big step towards representation when it elected an additional 17 African-American women to the bench, bringing the total number of African-American women judges in the county to a record 19.

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Strength, Fairness, Faith: Judge Maria Jackson Interview

Strength, Fairness, Faith: Judge Maria Jackson Interview

HealthFitnessRevolution
By Health Fitness Revolution – October 25, 2016

On the eve of the November election, Judge Maria Jackson carved some time out of her busy re-election campaign to stop by our office. Judge Jackson has been presiding Judge of the 339th District Court in Houston since 2008. In that time she has established herself as a compassionate and progressive leader, dispensing justice in high-profile national felony cases.

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