The Houston Police Officers Union Political Action Committee (PAC) has endorsed former state district Judge Maria Jackson in her March primary race against Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis.
Judge Jackson was the longest-serving criminal district judge in Harris County when she resigned last year to seek a seat on the five-member Commissioners Court. She is a Democrat.
Jackson has been a long-time favorite of HPD officers due to her reputation for fairness in her trial court. She previously was a Houston municipal court judge. She unsuccessfully ran for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 2018.
Jackson earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and graduated from the Texas A&M School of Law.
Jackson’s campaign website points out that she “has lived a life of public service. Community is at the heart of all that she does and strengthening our system of governmental services so they work for everyone has motivated her to run for Harris County Commissioner Precinct 1.
“She will work to fight crime, reduce flooding, add jobs, expand access to healthcare, improve educational opportunities for our kids and get government working better.”
In her campaign, Jackson points out that she has dedicated her life to criminal justice reform and public safety. She believes in “keeping you and your family safe while ensuring that we have a fair and equal justice system.”
She lists crime-fighting as her highest priority and outlined a four-point program that includes:
- Working with all law enforcement agencies to promote neighborhood policing to improve communication and collaboration between police and residents.
- Hiring sheriff’s office deputies and constables who reflect and are sensitive to the cultural and racial diversity of the communities they serve.
- Partnering with the City of Houston to fight human trafficking.
- Collaborating with community stakeholders, law enforcement agencies, judges, DA’s, prosecutors and citizens to create a coalition to improve communication and collaboration.