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I am running for re-election in 2018 as Judge of Dallas County Court at Law #4 and am in a run-off on May 22nd.

Your support is more important than ever.Judge Ken Tapscott

The independence of our judiciary is at stake.

We Democrats respect the rule of law and the independence of the jury. We Democrats do not tolerate any attempts, by plaintiff lawyers or defense lawyers, to bully or intimidate the judiciary. We Democrats have to stand up for the  justice system and protect it from those seeking to settle petty scores or those promoting their own self-serving agenda. We Democrats must not allow our judges to be bullied or intimidated.

I have always worked to serve the people, maintain my independence, preserve the public trust, and rule in an equitable and just manner.

Now, I need your help to continue as your judge.

From the mid-1980s until the mid-2000s, Republicans controlled Dallas County politics and the Dallas County judiciary.  Starting in 2005, I and a group of about 50 Democrats set out to change the political and judicial course of Dallas County in the next election.  By the time we completed our work in November 2006, the Dallas County Democratic Party had recaptured the County Judge position, the District Attorney’s Office, and nearly the entire Dallas County Judiciary, turning Dallas County “Blue” for the first time in twenty years.  I am proud to have been part of the class of 2006, and I am equally proud to have served as a Dallas County Judge for the last eleven years.

In the time I have served as a judge, I have submitted over 420 cases to jury verdict and adjudicated over 1600 non-jury cases, more than any other Dallas County civil judge since the 2006 general election.  Over 90% of lawyers in the Dallas Bar Association who have reviewed me in polls conducted in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017 have graded  my performance on the bench as “Excellent” or “Acceptable” in categories such as hearing/trial preparation, knowledge of the law, and judicial temperament.

Additionally, I have donated over $100,000 to the Dallas County Democratic Party and individual Democratic candidates from my campaign account or personal funds, trying constantly to be a team player by helping fellow Democrats win elections and helping the Democratic Party to achieve its goals.

In 2017, I was named Dallas County Democratic Party Elected Official of the Year, the first time a judge has ever received this award from the Dallas County Democratic Party.

I have tried to lead by example in other ways.  Since 2007, I have constantly mentored young law students by having typically 12-15 of them spending part of their Summer with me, learning how to initiate and prosecute civil lawsuits.  I know I have helped at least 120 young law students in this program.  Additionally, about 5 years ago, I helped start the Dallas Bar Trial Academy, which helps new lawyers learn how to prosecute cases in court.  Finally, I have been a consistent volunteer in Habitat for Humanity since 2005, helping to build over 85 houses for people in need.

Over the last eleven years, I believe I have shown all Democrats that I am a serious person.  I am serious about working hard at the courthouse, and I am equally serious about trying to help the Dallas County Democratic Party and my community do better.  If my record reflects what you want to see in a public servant in Dallas County, then I humbly ask for your vote.

On May 22nd, vote Ken Tapscott for Judge, County Court at Law #4.

I ask for your support, contributions, and your vote, so I may continue serving the citizens of Dallas County to the best of my ability.

Sincerely,

Judge Ken Tapscott