Note: Edited to correct spelling error
Justice of the Peace place 5-1 is one of the few areas of the county left that has a reasonable chance of electing a republican in November. The primary is contested, and the residents of the district have a change to remove a very poor judge. The Houston Bar Association solicits input from bar members to evaluate judicial performance, and in the category of “Follows the law” the current judge, Ridgway, was rated last insofar as excellent response, tied for last in needs improvement, and last in net excellent minus needs improvement. The actual percentages are listed below.
These results are in line with my personal experience in his court.
The dismal evaluation shows that Ridgway is a poor judge and not worthy of reelection; which raises the question of who is a better alternative, Wolfe or Higginbotham? In the primaries, it’s important to vote keeping two considerations in mind. First, is the candidate reasonably aligned with your views, and second, does the candidate have a chance to win in November.
Of these two, Hibbinbotham is the better choice. Wolfe is a vulnerable candidate in November. Wolfe is presently an elected member of the HCDE. I don’t share the viewpoint of those who attack the HCDE, and will write about that at a later time. His presence on the HCDE easily could be turned into an asset in the general election if he was not bearing the burden of the credible harassment allegation and public report associated with the hiring of a secretary for HCDE. Anyone can make a mistake, but this senseless course of action is so recent as to be possibly insurmountable come November.
Higginbotham makes a better candidate in November. She is an experienced attorney so is not vulnerable to attacks that she would have to learn the legal system and how to evaluate the law. She is actively campaigning so already has some degree of campaign structure in place. While these aren’t the check boxes for what makes a good candidate, they are the check boxes needed to be an electable candidate for a justice of the peace position. The residents of this district are best served by having Hibbinbotham victorious in the primary.