1. Who are you, and what are you running for?
I am Marc Brown, Judge of the 180th Criminal District Court
2. What kind of cases does this court hear?
This court handles felony cases, from drug possessions all the way to capital murders. The punishment for the cases in this court ranges from probation to the death penalty depending on the charge.
3. Why are you running for this particular bench?
Judge Debbie Stricklin announced that she would not be seeking re-election. After what happened in 2008 I felt that we could not risk having more unqualified judges on these felony benches. I ultimately became the Republican nominee. Judge Stricklin stepped down in July of this year and Governor Perry appointed me her successor.
4. What are your qualifications for this job?
Prior to taking the bench I was a Harris County prosecutor for over 22 years. I tried over 100 felony jury trials, including death penalty cases. I was an administrator, handling a million dollar grant, and I was responsible for training new lawyers. I have taught lawyers, peace officers and judges from around the country in the area of search and seizure law. I have earned the respect of both the prosecution and defense bar, as evidenced in my strong showing in the Houston Bar Poll.
5. Why is this race important?
This race is important, because the criminal district courts have a direct impact on the citizens of this county. You do not want someone on this bench who has an ax to grind. These courts need qualified experienced folks at the helm to make sure that justice is served every day.
6. Why should people vote for you in November?
People should vote for me because qualifications count. I am the most qualified candidate in this race. My opponent has been a lawyer for just over four years. That is the minimum time required to run for this position. My opponent is not even eligible to be appointed to represent defendants on the most serious cases, which he seeks to preside over. If you were hiring someone for some sort of professional services, would you choose someone with minimum qualifications? No, you would choose someone who has the most experience and has even taught other folks in the profession. I am that experienced person.