"It's imperative that we make it our business to elect the "BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATES" who value us when we go to the polls to vote. The “HARRIS COUNTY STRONG” series published by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications inside Houston Business Connections Newspaper© will consist of five newspaper printed releases and our “2018 HARRIS COUNTY MIDTERM ELECTION GUIDE” that will be released on the last day of Early Voting. PART ONE: Highlights all the 2018 Harris County Candidates and the “KEY 2018 CONTESTED MATCHUPS” for Tuesday, November 6, 2018. PART TWO: Highlights all the 2018 Harris County Candidates, but also features key thoughts from ministry, community, civic and political leaders on the upcoming Saturday, August 25, 2018, Harris County Bond Election. PART THREE: Highlights all the 2018 Harris County Candidates; but also spotlights the “KEY 2018 AFRICAN AMERICAN CANDIDATES” and the opponents they’re facing off against on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. PART FOUR: Highlights all the 2018 Harris County Candidates, but also features “SPECIAL MESSAGES” from the candidates who value, respect, and are seeking the vote of every Harris County registered voter. PART FIVE: Highlights all the 2018 Harris County Candidates, but also features “WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME OPEN-LETTERS” from the candidates who value, respect and are seeking the vote of every Harris County registered voter. THE ELECTION GUIDE: The “2018 HARRIS COUNTY MIDTERM ELECTION GUIDE” published inside Houston Business Connections Newspaper© by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications will be released on Friday, November 2, 2018, and distributed through Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at 5PM to increase “ELECTION DAY” voter participation throughout Harris County, Texas. Please feel free to call Aubrey R. Taylor, at (281)788-3033 to discuss your inclusion. All Rights Reserved." -- AUBREY R. TAYLOR, PRESIDENT, AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER


Monday, June 11, 2018

Judge Wesley Ward and Attorney Lauren Reeder are running for District Judge, 234th Judicial District Court on November 6, 2018

Judge Wesley Ward will be fighting off the challenge of Democratic (nominee) Attorney Lauren Reeder in the race for District Judge, 234th Judicial District Court on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Early voting will begin on Monday, October 22, 2018, and end on Friday, November 2, 2018. Don't forget that Judge John Schmude and host of other "PROUD AMERICANS" care about our nation are encouraging you to make an informed voting decision.



Judge John Schmude is a conservative candidate who values every Harris County, Texas voter. Judge Schmude is running for re-election on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, in the race for Family District Judge, 247th Judicial District Court. He's being challenged by Democrat Janice Berg. So don't forget that early voting for this race will begin on Monday, October 22, 2018, and end on Friday, November 2, 2018.



Judge John Schmude resides with his wife and two children in Spring. Before taking the Bench, Judge Schmude was a successful family law attorney with an extensive business and financial background and a strong record of service to children and to families – especially those children and families who have faced substantial challenges involving extreme poverty and abuse. Judge Schmude’s commitment to family law is motivated by his strong faith and his recognition that families are the first and firmest foundation upon which any healthy society is built. Judge Schmude is an active member of Annunciation Catholic Church in downtown Houston.

Honorable Judge John Schmude: A Record of Success After His First Term; Other Distinguished Conservatives Who Value Every Vote Are Also Highlighted Inside this "Ground-Game" Edition of Houston Business Connections Newspaper©



District Court. Judge Schmude was elected in 2014 and is currently asking for your vote as he runs for re-election in 2018. Here are some interesting facts to keep in mind in determining whether or not this Judge deserves your vote for re-election.

First, when Judge Schmude took office in January 2015, he inherited a court with a tremendous backlog of cases. After his first year in office, the 247th District Court disposed of more than 4,000 cases, more than any other family court in Harris County! The 247th District Court was repeatedly recognized in 2015 by the District Clerk’s Office for being the most efficient court in Harris County for electronic filing. This was an impressive accomplishment for a new Judge that was criticized by many within his own party for lacking the experience necessary to preside over this very important Court.

In accomplishing this objective, Judge Schmude implemented several innovative measures to promote efficiency, including the launch of an express docket, which allows any lawyer or litigant with a matter that requires five minutes or less of the court’s time to be heard before the call of the main docket. This has resulted in a reduction in the number of cases heard during the main docket and has allowed lawyers and litigants with matters of short duration to get in and out of court quickly, thereby reducing costs and promoting efficiency. He has also implemented a strong mediation policy – to encourage amicable solutions for families – and has allowed litigants to prove up settlement agreements any time during the day that the court is in session and available. This User-Friendly Court has won the overwhelming respect of the family law bar as Judge Schmude was rated as either “Excellent” or “Above Average” by nearly three-quarters of family law practitioners in the most recent HBA Bar Poll in every single judicial evaluation category.

Also, Judge Schmude, and his Associate Judge, Paula Vlahakos, have done an impressive job in presiding over CPS cases. CPS cases disproportionately affect minority families, and it is extremely important to have judges that take their gatekeeping role seriously. In other words, it’s important to have judges that act quickly to protect children from abuse and neglect while at the same time protect the constitutional rights of parents from illegal removals, which can decimate families and traumatize children. Judge Schmude demonstrated clearly his gatekeeping role in 2016 after it was apparent that a father’s constitutional rights had been grossly violated by an illegal removal. In this case, he rendered a scathing sanctions order in which he ordered CPS to pay nearly $30,000 in fees and ordered all CPS personnel associated with the case to read the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights to the Texas Constitution. Having a Judge that is not intimidated by powerful government agencies and who takes his gatekeeping role seriously is a benefit to all of our families. As a result of this case, Judge Schmude earned the prestigious Defender of the Family Award from the THSC. In order to serve the interests of justice, it’s so critical to have judges that ensure a level playing field: from powerful governmental agencies all the way down to the poorest litigant who cannot afford an attorney.

As he nears the end of his first term, Judge Schmude has demonstrated the ability to effectively and efficiently preside over a large and complex docket. Secondly, he has shown his conviction to treat all litigants with dignity and respect. Lastly, he has demonstrated a fair and impartial temperament and a conviction to make decisions based not on expediency but based merely on the desire to do what is right. Can we expect more from a family court judge?


A FEW OTHER CONSERVATIVES YOU SHOULD GET TO KNOW BETWEEN NOW AND TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2018

Congressman Kevin Brady will be fighting off the challenge of Democratic (nominee) Steven David in the race for United States Representative for the 8th Congressional District on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Early voting will begin on Monday, October 22, 2018, and end on Friday, November 2, 2018.
Judge Michelle Slaughter beat both her fellow Republican Primary opponents in the Tuesday, March 6, 2018, (STATEWIDE) race for Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 8. So, do to the fact that there won't be a Democratic nominee opposing Judge Michelle Slaughter on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, she will be elected to this bench.
State Senator Joan Huffman will be fighting off the challenge of Democratic (nominee) Rita Lucido in the race for State Senator, District 17 on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Early voting will begin on Monday, October 22, 2018, and end on Friday, November 2, 2018.
State Representative Briscoe Cain does not have a Democratic opponent running against him in the race for State Representative for House District 128 in Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. So, State Representative Briscoe Cain will win re-election on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
Justice Brett Busby will be fighting off the challenge of Democratic (nominee) Attorney Jerry Zimmerer in the race for Justice, 14th Court of Appeals District, Place 3 in Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Early voting will begin on Monday, October 22, 2018, and end on Friday, November 2, 2018.
Attorney Jesse McClure is seeking to beat Democratic (nominee) Attorney Danilo "Danny" Lacayo in the race for District Judge, 182nd Judicial District Court in Harris County, Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Early voting will begin on Monday, October 22, 2018, and end on Friday, November 2, 2018.
Former Judge Renee Magee will be seeking to beat Democratic (nominee) Attorney Abigail Anastasio in the race for District Judge, 184th Judicial District Court on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Early voting will begin on Monday, October 22, 2018, and end on Friday, November 2, 2018.
Judge Wesley Ward will be fighting off the challenge of Democratic (nominee) Attorney Lauren Reeder in the race for District Judge, 234th Judicial District Court on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Early voting will begin on Monday, October 22, 2018, and end on Friday, November 2, 2018.

Judge John Schmude will be fighting off the challenge of Democratic (nominee) Attorney Janice Berg in the race for District Judge, 247th Judicial District Court in Harris County, Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Early voting will begin on Monday, October 22, 2018, and end on Friday, November 2, 2018.
Judge Katherine Cabaniss will be fighting off the challenge of Democratic (nominee) Attorney Hilary Unger in the race for District Judge, 248th Judicial District Court on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Early voting will begin on Monday, October 22, 2018, and end on Friday, November 2, 2018.
Attorney Melanie Flowers is seeking to beat Democratic (nominee) Attorney Sandra J. Peake in the race for District Judge, 257th Judicial District Court in Harris County, Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Early voting will begin on Monday, October 22, 2018, and end on Friday, November 2, 2018.
Attorney Charles Johnson will be seeking to beat Democratic (nominee) Attorney Amy Martin in the race for District Judge, 263rd Judicial District Court on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Early voting will begin on Monday, October 22, 2018, and end on Friday, November 2, 2018.
Judge Brent Gamble will be fighting off the challenge of Democratic (nominee) Attorney Dedra Davis in the race for District Judge, 270th Judicial District Court in Harris County, Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Early voting will begin on Monday, October 22, 2018, and end on Friday, November 2, 2018.

Judge Angelina Gooden 
will be fighting off the challenge of Democratic (nominee) Attorney Barbara J. Stalder in the race for District Judge, 280th Judicial District Court in Harris County, Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Early voting will begin on Monday, October 22, 2018, and end on Friday, November 2, 2018.
Judge Mike Fields will be fighting off the challenge of Democratic (nominee) Attorney David L. Singer in the race for Judge, County Criminal Court at Law #14 in Harris County, Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Early voting will begin on Monday, October 22, 2018, and end on Friday, November 2, 2018.

Judge Loyd Wright will be fighting off the challenge of Democratic (nominee) Attorney Jerry Simoneaux in the race for Judge, County Probate Court #1 in Harris County, Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Early voting will begin on Monday, October 22, 2018, and end on Friday, November 2, 2018.
Judge Rory Robert Olsen will be fighting off the challenge of Democratic (nominee) Attorney Jason Cox in the race for Judge, County Probate Court #3 in Harris County, Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Early voting will begin on Monday, October 22, 2018, and end on Friday, November 2, 2018.
Judge Christine Riddle Butts will be fighting off the challenge of Democratic (nominee) Attorney James Horwitz in the race for Judge, County Probate Court #4 in Harris County, Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Early voting will begin on Monday, October 22, 2018, and end on Friday, November 2, 2018.

Former Judge Clyde Raymond Leuchtag will be seeking to unseat Democratic (incumbent) Judge George Barnstone in the race for Judge, Harris County Civil Court at Law No. 1 on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Early voting will begin on Monday, October 22, 2018, and end on Friday, November 2, 2018.
Judge Linda Storey will be fighting off the challenge of Democratic (nominee) Attorney LaShawn A. Williams in the race for Judge, County Civil Court at Law #3 in Harris County, Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Early voting will begin on Monday, October 22, 2018, and end on Friday, November 2, 2018.
Attorney Sophia Mafrige is seeking to beat Democratic (nominee) Attorney William "Bill" McLeod in the race for Judge, County Civil Court at Law #4 in Harris County, Texas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Early voting will begin on Monday, October 22, 2018, and end on Friday, November 2, 2018.

DON'T FORGET TO VIEW THIS "GROUND-GAME" EDITION OF HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS NEWSPAPER© PUBLISHED FOR "SWING-VOTERS" IN HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS


"On behalf of Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, the publisher of this "GROUND-GAME" of Houston Business Connections Newspaper© I am strongly encouraging "SWING-VOTERS" to learn more about Judge John Schmude, and other conservatives who value "EVERY VOTE" prior to Monday, October 22, 2018, when early voting is scheduled to begin in Harris County, Texas."

 
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