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Bexar County Court-at-Law No. 1

Judges serve 4 years and hear misdemeanor crimes, mostly DWI cases.

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  • John D. Fleming II WITHDRAWN

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    Helen Petry Stowe

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How would you make your court (or the court you are running for) more efficient?

Please explain your thoughts on recidivism and how your court can reduce repeat incarcerations.

Do you think that judicial races should be non-partisan? Why or why not?

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Campaign Phone (210) 287-3557
Campaign Email hpstoweforjudge@gmail.com
Experience February 2008- present : Bexar County Assistant Criminal District Attorney 2002-2004: Certified Secondary English Teacher in the San Antonio Independent School District
If I am elected, County Court 1 will be run much more efficiently. I will hold a daily docket, and ensure that my staff is punctual and arrives ready to get to work. There will be a weekly trial docket and motions docket, and people who want to have a jury trial will have their cases heard as expeditiously as possible. It is important for people who have been accused of crimes, and are sitting in jail because they can't afford a bond be prioritized.
If the root of a problem is not addressed, people will often continue to repeat the same mistakes. Fortunately, drug, alcohol and mental health treatment are tools that will be at my disposal. As a judge, I will continue to offer up those services to the accused, and be a champion for the best outcomes. I will also hold people accountable for their actions, and require restitution for vocal and silent victims. My goal is to grab the attention of young first time offenders.
I do. Because judges are supposed to be neutral and follow the law, it is unfortunate that judges are elected based on something that has so little to do with the job at hand. Every election, especially here in San Antonio, we lose great judges in political waves. I am glad that we elect our judges, but I would prefer that it be in a non-partisan race.