The 2018 midterm elections brought in a historic wave of female candidates throughout the political spectrum.
Local judicial contests in Houston saw 19 Black women win races on Tuesday, making it the “single biggest victory for Black women” in Harris County’s history, according to Yahoo. The group of women, now referred to as the #Houston19, will now preside over cases in the country’s third-largest county, which has a population of 4 million people. Harris County is also one of the country’s most diverse and the women who will soon be on the bench will be more reflective of the population, per Yahoo.
Women of color won local, state and federal races all over the country.
“This entire time I’ve thought of what I’d say the day we were able to share this moment in history with everyone. But really I’m humbled,” LaShawn Williams, one of the women who won on Tuesday, wrote on Facebook in August.
“Never did I imagine that the day I decided to run to be judge, I’d become a part of a club of phenomenal Black women, sisters-in-law, gifted, brilliant, strong – everything I hope to be! It is with great pride and excitement that I share this “Black Girl Magic” with you! Congratulations – you are truly black girl magic!” she continued.
In addition to Williams, other winners included: Sandra Peake, Judge Ramona Franklin, Judge Maria Jackson, Germaine Tanner, Angela Graves-Harrington, Cassandra Holleman, Tonya Jones, Dedra Davis, Latosha Lewis Payne, Linda Dunson, Toria Finch, Erica Hughes, Lucia Bates, Ronnisha Bowman, Michelle Moore, Sharon Burney, Shannon Baldwin, and Lori Chambers Gray.
Democrat Lina Hidalgo, 27, who’s an immigrant, won her race against Republican incumbent Ed Emmett for county judge, a position he’s held for over a decade, per BuzzFeed News.
The county experienced a blue wave on Tuesday: All 38 district judges elected were Democrats.