Justice of the Peace, Pct. 3

 
 
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✅LEFT UP TO US ENDORSES Sylvia Holmes (D-TX)

Holmes is associate director of Legal Services for Students at the University of Texas. She prioritizes educating clients about their legal rights and how to stand up for themselves in legal situations. She told Left Up To US that her judgments will be supported by evidence and documentation instead of default oral testimony and that she will not demand financial remuneration from indigent residents who have approached the court with candor and acceptance of responsibility. If elected, she’ll advocate for funding for improved online resources and to create a night court with accessible hours. Holmes received her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2006 and has a little over 10 years of experience in small claims and misdemeanor criminal law. She has been Attorney for Students at Texas State University, and in the National Legal Aid Defender Association in Student Legal Services. Her endorsements, including one from the Austin Chronicle, can be found here.

 
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Justice of the Peace, Susan steeg (D-TX)

Steeg has presided over the Justice and Small Claims Courts of Precinct 3 since 2007 after defeating the Republican incumbent. She lists among her accomplishments eliminating backlogs in the civil and criminal docket, hiring a social worker to serve as a case manager and develop internship programs for both UT and Texas State’s Schools of Social Work, modernizing the case management system for all five JP courts, and implementing a nationally-recognized juvenile case management program to reduce truancy and increase the success of at-risk families (https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles/249190.pdf, page 123, and NASW-TX “2015 Public Elected Official of the Year”). Steeg received her J.D. from the University of Texas Law School in 1977. She formerly served for 12 years as General Counsel at the Texas Department of Health, where she managed a staff of 42, oversaw a budget of $2.3 million, and managed an administrative docket enforcing environmental, health facility, and health professional practice laws as well as drafting legislation such as an early version of the Children’s Health Insurance Program and changing quarantine laws to protect the civil rights of those affected by the AIDS crisis. Before that, she worked in private practice and for Legal Aid, where she focused on social justice cases, including defending migrant farm workers on strike, suing Amarillo Police Department for civil rights violations, fighting against Title IX violations, and forcing a nuclear weapons plant to comply with environmental laws. She is one of only three openly gay elected officials in central Texas.