Our Little Campaigner

So, this just happened…


Dennise just posted this to Instagram. It’s quite a “moment in time,” what just happened.

Maria can barely remember a time in her life when she hasn’t been campaigning for her Mom. As you can see in the top pic, that yard sign she’s holding was almost bigger than her, the first time her Mom ran for judge. That top picture is from a Labor Day weekend picnic, 2004, the very first time Dennise ran and won. The sign says “Dennise Garcia for Judge.”

Years later, we’re in a similar place.

My wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is running for the 5th Circuit of the Texas Court of Appeals. As before, it’s a race few Democrats have won in recent years. As before, it’s a seat where there is no long-tenured incumbent. I’m pleased to tell you, btw, that she and her opponent are “tied” in the Texas State Bar Poll. That certainly says something.

What’s different, of course, is that The Divine Miss M is no longer a little six-year-old. And Dennise has now served on the family court bench for twelve years. And its fair to say that over that tenure, she’s one of the most well-respected judges in the area. And, one of the longest current tenured judges in the county.

What’s also different this time is that The Divine Miss M can vote. For her Mom. And, as you see, in the bottom pic, she that just now. The poll workers clapped for her, as a first-time voter.

All this is to also remind you, as well, that polls are now open for early voting in Dallas County. The primary election-day is coming up. Dennise has no primary opponent, but be sure and look for her name on the ballot. And thanks in advance for your support.

Not sure if those poll workers actually got that there was a whole other layer of emotion and personal milestone in that “first-voting” moment just now.

Not many kids get to vote for their Mom. Ever.

It’s a wonderful thing.


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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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