Judge Garcia Gets the Dallas Morning News Endorsement

The buttons are popping off my shirt today, and not because I haven’t been exercising.

This morning, the Dallas Morning News has come out with it’s editorial endorsements for the Family District Courts in Dallas County. My favorite Judge, Dennise Garcia, gets the nod for her court, the 303rd State District Court.

Every now and then, I brag about her on this blog. But, being married to her, you’d expect that, right?

So, why not take the word of Dallas’ leading newspaper instead?

Here’s what they said about her:

“Judge Dennise Garcia seems a rising star, having caught her stride during her first term on a bench that has seen a fair amount of turnover in recent years and could use stability. Judge Garcia, 38, a Dallas Democrat, is respected by her peers and is developing a solid courtroom demeanor. The fact that she brings ethnic diversity to the family courts, where she is the only Hispanic judge, is an added plus…
We recommend another term for Judge Garcia.”

For more info about this “rising star,” visit her campaign site. Early voting starts in late October. There’s still plenty of time for you to get a yard sign, and to tell your friends. I hope you will.


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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of The Woods United Methodist Church in Grand Prairie, Texas. For seventeen years, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas, Texas. Eric is an avid blogger and published author. Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy.

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