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From the local executive and judges to the presidency of the United States, all offices matter. People who have long been complacent, accepting of local officials, have had their eyes opened by public officials’ responses to COVID-19. Those offices and names way down the long ballot are suddenly obviously affecting peoples’ lives. Now, We the People are without excuse this election year and in the off-year elections ahead. Elections have consequences for you and me. Consider the local office of an elected judge.
Thank you to Shelley Luther and the team at Salon a la Mode for giving me my first haircut in 3 months & more importantly for standing up for liberty and common sense. Your courage helped pave the way for more #TX businesses to re-open & for more people to get back to work today. pic.twitter.com/R66rZsqxFN
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) May 8, 2020
Serious question. Come election season, how many politicians will claim they “took action” and “protected the public” when in reality, they just arrested moms and dads for trying to feed their families?
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) May 8, 2020
Local residents can affirm the behavior of Eric Moyé or reject it, making clear that judges are servants, not masters, of the public that elects them. Elections have consequences, and it was the fault of Texas Republicans that Moyé felt so secure in his position. They failed to put up any candidate against him in the last election cycle.
This year, just before the government started ordering people out of work, a serious woman stood up and entered the arena. Jessica Voyce Lewis practices bankruptcy law, which is coming around again as a very steady job with the massive shock to our economy. She started out representing poor tenants against slum lords. No one else had the courage or conviction to enter the race, so she won the primary uncontested for district judge, 14th Civil District. Jessica Voyce Lewis is a serious candidate running a serious race.
We need such good people everywhere, as we should all now be aware. Those blank lines on ballots, where the Republicans turned Republican’ts, invite abuse of office. After all, who is going to hold such office holders to account?Published in