Job descriptionCriminal District Courts hear felony criminal cases. Term is four years.
DutiesNote: Criminal law deals with behavior that is an offense against the public, society, or the state—even if the victim is an individual.
Felonies are serious crimes; examples include murder, manslaughter, sexual assault, kidnapping, arson, and theft over $1,500 value.
Annual salary$140,000-$168,000

Who’s Running?

Karen Williams
Website: https://electkarenboydwilliams.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElectKarenBoydWilliams
Instagram: @electkarenboydwilliams
Twitter: https://twitter.com/electkbwilliams?lang=en
Email: teamwork@electkarenboydwilliams.com
Democrat
Wayne Salvant (incumbent)
County page: https://access.tarrantcounty.com/en/criminal-courts/felony-courts/criminal-district-court-2.html
Republican

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Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Karen Williams
I have practiced both civil and criminal law which gives me broader perspective into some criminal matters that have civil or tort components; I have represented indigent and non-indigent individuals, as well as corporations; and I have managed lawyers and non-legal personnel at different levels of the professional spectrum and from all walks of life. Moreover, women comprise more than 50% of Tarrant County’s population but only represent 20% of its criminal felony court judges. I represent a fresh choice, a new voice, and even have a different makeup than what Tarrant County’s courts are used to seeing. All of this, combined with my 14+ years of practicing law, gives me a breadth and depth of perspective, communication, thought, and management experience that I believe are vital to overseeing and adjudicating court cases and courtroom procedure.
Wayne Salvant
2. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Karen Williams
I want to create and project an environment of fairness, consistency, and integrity, both for and from myself and for and within the courtroom. I want to ensure that all defendants get a fair shot at justice, regardless of financial status, what they look like, or who they voted for. I want to make sure that the lawyers on both sides know that they can expect me to be prepared, to apply the law equally, and to not play favorites.
Wayne Salvant
3. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR JUDICIAL PHILOSOPHY?
Karen Williams
Know the law, follow the law, don’t bring biases into the courtroom, listen, be fair, be consistent, and use common sense.
Wayne Salvant
4. HOW MIGHT THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, WHICH IS LIKELY TO BE AROUND FOR SOME TIME, AFFECT YOUR THINKING OR WORK ON THE COURT?
Karen Williams
It would make me continually consider the safety and well-being of others, and try to come up with or support non-traditional methods of conducting business. For example, I would want to continue to allow senior citizens and those with underlying health conditions who are more susceptible to contracting COVID-19 to attend court via Zoom rather than in-person. I would probably also want to keep Pre-Trial Motions over Zoom as well, to help to promote social distancing.
Wayne Salvant
5. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Karen Williams
I am excited about the opportunity to serve Tarrant County!
Wayne Salvant