In many cases, incumbency assures re-election, but not always. In last month’s Dallas County Democratic primary, three white, male incumbent judges were forced into runoffs. Each faces a woman of color.
Some believe these long-standing judges may be endangered in the county.
In the race for the 193rd Civil District Court, attorney Bridgett Whitmore got the most votes in a crowded field of Democrats in March. She got 10,000 more votes than the incumbent Judge Carl Ginsberg and two other candidates, but not enough to win outright.
Whitmore is black. Ginsberg is white. She’s convinced that the judge encouraged two white women to join the race to dilute the female vote.