(Note: As I have done in past elections, I am running a series of Q&As for judicial candidates in contested Democratic primaries. This is intended to help introduce the candidates and their experiences to those who plan to vote in March. I am running these responses in the order that I receive them from the candidates. You can see other Q&As and further information about judicial candidates on my 2018 Judicial page.
1. Who are you and what are you running for?
My name is Gus Saper and I am running for Harris County Criminal Court 11.
2. What kind of cases does this court hear?
Harris County Criminal Court 11 handles misdemeanor cases such as simple assault, dwi/dui, possession of some controlled substances, criminal trespass, theft under $1500.00, prostitution and similar types of cases.
3. Why are you running for this particular bench?
I decided to run for this bench because I was unhappy with the incumbent judge and the way she handled her court. I knew the only way to enact a change was to run for that bench.
4. What are your qualifications for this job?
I am attaching my resume which explains who I am and my qualifications.
5. Why is this race important?
Every political race is important and judicial races more so. Judges need to treat everyone equally regardless of their own personal view and/or bias. Everyone deserves nothing less.
6. Why should people vote for you in the primary?
People should vote for me as I have the most legal experience. I began practicing law 43 years ago and that was before the other three candidates were born. I have a diverse education and work history and my years of practice handling different kinds of cases and people make me better prepared to deal with the issues a judge would encounter on and off the bench.