Maria "Terry" Jackson (Democrat Challenger)
Judge Maria T. Jackson is presiding judge of the 339th Criminal District Court in Harris County. She was previously a fulltime municipal judge for the city of Houston. Prior to serving as a judge, she was a municipal bond attorney and certified mediator.
Jackson received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and a law degree from Texas Wesleyan University. She has been licensed by the State Bar of Texas since 2002.
Bill Strange (Libertarian Challenger)
Bill strange is a project manager at Winston Services Inc. He has been a corporate lawyer for more than 20 years and a real estate attorney for 10 years.
Strange received a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University and a law degree from the George Washington University School of Law. He has been licensed by the State Bar of Texas since 1986.
Sharon Keller (Republican Incumbent)
Judge Sharon Keller has served as presiding judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals since 2000. Elected in 1994, she was the first woman to serve on the Court of Criminal Appeals. She previously served as an assistant district attorney in the Appellate Section of the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office.
Keller received a bachelor’s degree from Rice University and a law degree from Southern Methodist University. She has been licensed by the State Bar of Texas since 1978.
Keller has been endorsed by TLRPAC, the Texas Civil Justice League PAC, the Texas Bipartisan Justice Coalition, Texas Republican Assembly, United Republicans of Harris County, DFW Conservative Voters PAC, the Llano Tea Party and the Houston Realty Business Coalition.