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Profile: Maria Jackson, Democrat for Presiding Judge, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

The following is a compilation of the unedited responses from Maria Jackson, candidate for Presiding Judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, to the 2018 Amarillo Pioneer Voter Guide. Jackson is unopposed in the March 6th Democratic primary and will face the Republican Party's nominee in November.


Maria T. Jackson

Office Sought:

Presiding Judge, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

Why did you decide to run for office?


Please list any of your political, civic or non-profit experience.

In 2003-008, I served as a Municipal Court Judge. In 2008-to present I have been the 339th State District Court Judge. I am competent, Fair and compassionate. I was also voted Houston Press Best Criminal Court Judge.

What is your educational background?

University Of Texas at Arlington, Texas A & M University School Of Law

What experience do you have that qualifies you for this position?

I have been a Judge since 2003. I was a Municipal Court Judge for 5 years and then I was elected in 2008 as the Presiding Judge Of the 339th State District Court. I have presided well over 100 Jury trials several of them were covered Nationally.  

How will you best represent the Texans who elected you?

I am honest, Fair and posses integrity. I will continue to uphold the laws Of this State and The United States.  I believe In rehabilitating non violent offenders, and protecting the community by locking the bad guys away.

Are you supported by any political action committees? If so, which ones?

Houston Police Officers Union, and the Harris County Deputies’s Organization.

How are you better suited than your opponent(s) to serve in the position that you are running for?

I do not have a primary opponent.  My opponent is the Judge that said her office closes at 5pm and a man was executed. A few months ago, I granted a Stay Of Execution in order for the State to develop more evidence so an innocent man would not be executed.

Why should voters choose you in 2018?

I am experience and I have the reputation of listening to both sides, I possess the Judicial demeanor and the temperament for this position.

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