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19 Black Women Spurn Trump’s Racist America To Become Judges In Texas

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Trump is still President. The GOP still holds the Senate. However, if you look a little closer, there’s plenty of good stuff to be taken from the midterms. Most obviously, of course, the Democrats took back control of the House of Representatives, meaning that the great Nancy Pelosi is Speaker once again. And that’s not all – there are a few little nuggets of good news that arose this week to brighten your day just a little bit. Here’s one of them.

One of the many, many elections that happened on Tuesday concerned judicial positions in Houston, Texas and, incredibly, all nineteen Harris County black female candidates won their votes. That’s right – no less than nineteen black women have been elected as judges in Texas, in spite of all the horrible and hateful garbage being thrown around in American politics at the moment. It’s a beautiful thing.

A photo of them posted on Twitter recently, all dressed up in their gowns in a courthouse, has made them darlings of the Internet before they have even started in their new jobs. They have even got a social media nickname: they have been dubbed the #Houston 19.

Harris County, with a population of more than 4 million people, is the largest county in Texas and the third largest in the entire country. Despite Beto O’Rourke’s tragic loss to Ted Cruz in the state Senate race there which was eagerly awaited and hotly contested, Democratic Texans have plenty to celebrate. All 38 district judges who were elected on November 6 were Democrats, including the 19 black women. That represents a major Blue victory in the defining southern state, as well as a massive triumph for equality and diversity.

And it doesn’t end there. One of the other 38 judges to be elected was an immigrant called Lina Hidalgo who is, remarkably, just 27 years old. The mini Texan judicial Blue Wave saw her soar to victory, defeating incumbent veteran Republican Ed Emmett who had held the position for more than ten years to be county judge.

Below are the names of the nineteen black women who triumphed spectacularly on Tuesday. Remember these names – they will be looked back on as having made history this week.

Sandra Peake, Judge Ramona Franklin, Judge Maria Jackson, Germaine Tanner, Angela Graves-Harrington, Cassandra Holleman, Tonya Jones, Dedra Davis, LaShawn Williams, Latosha Lewis Payne, Linda Dunson, Toria Finch, Erica Hughes, Lucia Bates, Ronnisha Bowman, Michelle Moore, Sharon Burney, Shannon Baldwin, and Lori Chambers Gray.


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