As we enter the last week of early voting, here are the races in which the Chron has not yet made a recommendation:
1. Railroad Commissioner
2. US House, Districts 07 and 10
3. State Senate, District 17
4. State House, District 133
5. District Clerk
6. HCDE Trustees
7. County Commissioner, Precinct 3
8. Family Court and Probate Court
9. Justice of the Peace, all precincts
10. Constable, all precincts
The Chron took a big step towards getting the total number of races to go down by making endorsements in the district civil courts. They picked five Democrats out of the sixteen benches:
Alfred "Al" Bennett for 61st Judicial District: A University of Texas law school graduate, Democrat Bennett will bring a record of community service as well as diversity to the civil courts. He is an adjunct professor at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
Kyle Carter for 125th Judicial District: A native Houstonian with seven years' legal experience, Democrat Carter served as general counsel to the Texas Legislative Committee on General Investigation and Ethics.
R.K. Sandill for 127th Judicial District: A young lawyer who focuses on labor and employment law, Democrat Sandill offers varied civil litigation experience to serve on a judiciary dominated by former defense firm attorneys.
Jaclanel McFarland for 133rd Judicial District: McFarland has practiced law in Houston for more than three decades. A Democrat, she promises to keep politics out of her rulings.
Robert Schaffer for 152nd Judicial District: Democrat Schaffer has practiced law for nearly a quarter-century in Houston and has served as the president of the Houston Trial Lawyers Association.