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Posted: November 08, 2018

Election Day 2018: 19 African American women elected judges in Texas

Nineteen African American women were elected judges in Harris County in Texas.
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Nineteen African American women were elected judges in Harris County in Texas.

By Kelcie Willis, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

HOUSTON —

More than a dozen African American women have been elected to serve as judges in Houston, Texas.

It’s another history-making election in a long list of them for the 2018 midterms.

NewsOne reported that 19 black women who ran for judicial seats in Harris County all won, marking one of the biggest electoral victories for black women in the history of the county.

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The women who won are Sandra Peake, Ramona Frankin, Germaine Tanner, Angela Graves-Harrington, Cassandra Hollerman, Tonya Jones, Dedra Davis, LaShawn A. Williams, Latosha Lewis Payne, Linda M. Dunson, Toria J. Finch, Erica Hughes, Lucia G. Bates, Ronnisha Bowman, Michelle Moore, Sharon Burney, Shannon Baldwin and Lori Chambers Gray.

Related: Election Day 2018: Here's a list of historical wins and firsts

BuzzFeed News reported that Harris County is the largest county in Texas. Including the 19 women, all 38 district judges elected are Democrats.

Two months before the election, then-candidate Williams said in a Facebook post that she was humbled by the chance to make history.

“Never did I imagine that the day I decided to run to be judge, I'd become a part of a club of phenomenal Black women, sisters-in-law, gifted, brilliant, strong - everything I hope to be!” Williams said. “It is with great pride and excitement that I share this ‘Black Girl Magic’ with you! Congratulations - you are truly black girl magic!”

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