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Black excellence: 19 black female judges elected in Texas

BLACK GIRL MAGIC: The 19 African American female judges elected in Harris County, Texas, last week (Image: harrisblackgirlmagic.com)

NINETEEN black women who ran for judge in Harris County, Texas, all won.

The women, who campaigned jointly under the slogan “Black Girl Magic”, have been praised for their achievements both nationally and internationally.

United States senator for California Kamala Harris was among those who congratulated the women on their success.

She tweeted: “Now this is Black Girl Magic — all 19 black women who were running to become judges in Harris County, Texas won their races.”

Take a bow Houston, Tx. EACH AND EVERY ONE of these ladies earned a seat as a judge in Harris County. Dallas Jones did...

Posted by Christin McQueen on Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Some have argued that the result is evident of the strides that can be made when black people vote as 70% of the population of Harris County is non-white.

In a Facebook post Erica Hughes, who was elected to the position of county criminal court judge, thanked voters for supporting her.

She said: “We want to definitely turn Harris County upside down in criminal justice reform.”

The 19 women were elected last week Tuesday during the midterm elections.

In addition to their historic win, all 38 district judges elected in the county were Democrats.

The 19 black women who were elected are 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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