By Betsy Dolan
Eleven candidates have filed the necessary paperwork to run as Democrats in the 2012 election. The field includes some newcomers as well as some seasoned veterans.
Fort Bend County Commissioner Precinct 1 (D)
Richard Morrison is the incumbent. He was elected to his first term in 2008. Prior to becoming commissioner Morrison was an attorney. He has lived in Fort Bend County for 15 years.
Fort Bend County Constable Precinct 2 (D)
Ruben Davis is the incumbent after first being elected in 1996. He retired from the Houston Police Department as a Senior Supervisor after 21 years. He has a Master Peace Officer’s license.
Daryl Smith is currently a Missouri City Police Sergeant. He holds a Master Peace Officer’s license and is certified as both a police officer and a firefighter.
Fort Bend County Attorney (D)
M.E. “Skip” Belt has been an attorney for 41 years. He has served as President of the Fort Bend Bar Association. He also served two terms on the Missouri City City Council in the early 1980’s. He’ll be facing the incumbent, Roy L. Cordes, Jr in the general election.
County Chairman (D)
Steve Brown is the incumbent and is running unopposed.
Judge, 387th District Court (D)
Erica Hughes is an attorney and a professor of political science at Prairie View A & M. She’ll be facing Assistant District Judge, Brenda Mullinix, in the general election.
Judge 400th District Court (D)
Fredericka Allen Petry has been an attorney for almost 12 years and has lived in Fort Bend County for eight years. She’ll be facing incumbent judge Cliff Vacek, a Republican, in the general election.
Fort Bend County Sheriff (D)
Michael Ellison is a 26 year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. He is currently a Sergeant and holds a Master Peace Officer’s License.
State Representative, District 26 (D)
Vy Nguyen manages her own law firm, is a legal writing instructor and will be an adjunct professor at both the University of St. Thomas and TSU Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
State Representative, District 27 (D)
Ron Reynolds is the incumbent having been sworn in January of last year. He is the first African American State Representative in Fort Bend County since Reconstruction. Ron is a name partner in the Brown, Brown & Reynolds, P.C., law firm.
U.S. Representative, District 22 (D)
K.P. George currently owns and operates an independent financial planning practice with five other advisors. He was born in India, moved to the United States 18 years ago and became a citizen in 1999. He has served as a leader of local Indo-American groups and has worked with the Sugar Land Rotary Club.