(Annews24) Houston -Black women are making history! In Harris county, nineteen black women who ran for different judicial seats won their races Tuesday night, making this a historical night for black women in Texas and of course the country!
Although Beto O’Rourke loss to republican incumbent Ted Cruz, this was the largest number of Black women appearing in the state’s ballot. Folks from all over rejoiced and celebrated the ladies now known as the #Houston19. And many were overwhelmed with joy to see diversity in these judicial seats. Wow! 19 Black Female Judges Elected In Harris County
HOUSTON – More than a dozen African American women have been elected to serve as judges in Houston, Texas.
It’s another history-making election in a long list of them for the 2018 midterms.
NewsOne reported that 19 black women who ran for judicial seats in Harris County all won, marking one of the biggest electoral victories for black women in the history of the county.
The women who won are Sandra Peake, Ramona Frankin, Germaine Tanner, Angela Graves-Harrington, Cassandra Hollerman, Tonya Jones, Dedra Davis, LaShawn A. Williams, Latosha Lewis Payne, Linda M. Dunson, Toria J. Finch, Erica Hughes, Lucia G. Bates, Ronnisha Bowman, Michelle Moore, Sharon Burney, Shannon Baldwin and Lori Chambers Gray.
BuzzFeed News reported that Harris County is the largest county in Texas. Including the 19 women, all 38 district judges elected are Democrats.
Two months before the election, then-candidate Williams said in a Facebook post that she was humbled by the chance to make history.
“Never did I imagine that the day I decided to run to be judge, I’d become a part of a club of phenomenal Black women, sisters-in-law, gifted, brilliant, strong – everything I hope to be!” Williams said. “It is with great pride and excitement that I share this ‘Black Girl Magic’ with you! Congratulations – you are truly black girl magic!”
History was made on Tuesday when 19 black female judges were elected to be county judges in Houston, Texas.
It is the largest number of black women seen on any ballot ever in Harris County, and the group’s victory is delighting many in the state and on social media.
A photograph of the group, dubbed the Houston 19, taken in August when the women assembled as part of their “Harris Black Girl Magic” campaign for office, trended on Reddit and Twitter.
LaShawn A Williams posted the picture on Facebook, writing: “Never did I imagine that the day I decided to run to be judge, I’d become a part of a club of phenomenal black women, sisters-in-law, gifted, brilliant, strong – everything I hope to be!”
Their victory adds to the long lists of firsts across the nation, with the most diverse range of candidates ever elected to Congress, including 111 women.
Using #Houston19, many celebrated the election of officials they believe more closely reflect the communities in Texas they represent.