Yard Signs Are In!

I am pleased to share with you that our yard signs are in! We are now counting down the days until March 4th and I need your help. I have some great canvassers who are working hard this week to help me distribute yard signs and prepare for early voting. However, if we are going to prevail in this election, I am going to need as many hands on deck as I can get!

Please email johnforjudge3@gmail.com to sign up to:

1. I want a yard sign.

2. Make calls, block walk, or volunteer at a polling place. 

3. Click here to make a donation.

Please contribute to my campaign however you can. Your continued support means so much to me and I couldn’t do it without you. These final weeks will be long and tiring, but I believe we can succeed in this race for re-election with your generous support. Thank you and I hope to see you on the campaign trail.

Calling All Democrats!

My campaign for reelection to County Court at Law #3 is in full force now with early voting right around the corner and the primary only weeks away. I am honored to have been endorsed by many great Democratic clubs and organizations around Travis County in my race so far:

Austin Environmental Democrats
Austin Tejano Democrats
Austin Progressive Coalition
Austin Young Democrats
Capital Area Asian American Democrats
Capital Area Progressive Democrats
Central Austin Democrats
Circle C Area Democrats
Northeast Travis County Democrats
North by Northwest Democrats
South Austin Democrats
Stonewall Democrats of Austin
University Democrats

Though we have made great progress thus far, there is still much work to be done. I need your help if we are going to prevail in this election. Travis County Democrats need to know my name and face before they enter the polls. You can help me get the word out! We have paid canvassing positions and volunteer positions available. Please contact johnforjudge3@gmail.com to sign up now!

Your support is truly appreciated and something I will not soon forget. The people of Travis County need to know who the proven leader is and you can help. I will continue my efforts to build on what we accomplished in my first term and work hard to make County Court at Law #3 even more efficient and just. Thank you again for your support and I hope to see you out there on the campaign trail!

We Need You!

Early voting starts in just 26 days and we are firing on all cylinders for the re-election campaign!

I’m humbled to have the support of local Democratic leaders like Senator Kirk Watson, State Representatives Donna Howard, Dawnna Dukes, and Eddie Rodriguez, 38 precinct chairs, Central Labor Council, Stonewall Democrats, Travis County Sheriff’s Officers Association, and Travis County Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Association.

Now I need you!

I’m proud of what we have accomplished in our first term and I am excited by what we can do over the next four years. The work is just getting started and the election is already just weeks away.

That is why your support is so humbling. I’ll be releasing my full supporter list in the next few days, and I would be honored if your name was on that list. I hope you will join the supporter list right now!

It has been a lifelong dream to be a judge and I can’t thank you all enough for making that dream a reality. Thank you so much and back to the campaign trail.

Block Walking This Saturday

My campaign has reached a crucial point and I am going to need a lot of help in order to keep moving forward.

This Saturday, please join my team block walk to inform voters who the proven leader is! We need to speak with as many people in their homes as we can this weekend.

I hope you can attend and thank you for your continued support.

Liberal Austin Democrats: Getting to Know the Candidates

I had a lot of fun talking with Liberal Austin Democrats and sharing my thoughts. Here is the interview in full. 

LAD has asked our local Democratic candidates to answer a few questions for us before our Candidate Meet & Greet this Thursday at Joe’s Crab Shack from 6:30 – 9pm.

Meet Judge Lipscombe.

Lipscombe

Judge Lipscombe is running for County Court at Law #3.

LAD: What are the responsibilities of the office you are running for?

Lispcombe: Generally speaking, all our county courts at law in Travis County have both criminal and civil jurisdiction. My court, County Court at Law # 3, has a criminal case docket. I hear all the evidence, including witness testimony and exhibits, and render a verdict of guilty or not guilty. In a jury trial, I am more in the role of referee between the State and Defense Attorneys as they present witnesses and other, physical evidence. I will rule on objections by either side, rule on what information or testimony is admissible into evidence, and will read the charge concerning the law in the case to the jury before each side gives final argument and the jury goes off to the jury room for deliberations. In addition to pre-trial and trial docket responsibilities, I also set bonds and bond conditions for defendants in jail. Administratively, there are always rounds of meetings to attend, groups and school classes to interact with, and of course, the most pleasant part of my job – performing marriage ceremonies. My wife and I donate free wedding ceremonies each Valentine’s Day to dozens of couples! I love my job. Ultimately, it is my responsibility to uphold the Constitutions of the United States and of Texas, to ensure an even playing field for each person who comes before me, and to protect the Presumption of Innocence in which all persons who are charged with a crime are supposed to be cloaked. It is my responsibility, ethically, procedurally and by law, to see that justice is done. I have, do and always will take that awesome responsibility very seriously.

LAD: What new ideas are you bringing to the table?

Lipscombe: I have put into practice my philosophy of putting rehabilitation before punitive incarceration. I have instituted an evening court docket to allow more one-on-one time with youthful offenders and to provide a venue for both working parents and school aged kids to take care of court business without missing school or losing hard earned money. I have also taken steps to streamline certain procedures. Still tinkering!

LAD: What experience are you bringing to the position?

Lipscombe: Almost 30 years of Criminal Law experience as a law clerk, appellate attorney at the Court of Criminal Appeals, Trial Court Chief/prosecutor, and judge. I also use my life experiences of growing up in an oil field family, knocking around as a kid with questionable choices of friends and attendant legal problems, truck driving, bus driving, working two jobs while going to school, a 14 year failed marriage and a second chance with Jan ( 22 + years and going strong!), Union member, teacher, mentor, ethical judge.

LAD: What is your favorite local restaurant?

Lispcombe: El Patio. Great sauce and my family members have been going there for more than 5 decades.

LAD: What is your favorite song or movie?

Lipscombe: Favorite Songs
Gospel: Amazing Grace;
Whimsey: Puff the Magic Dragon;
And the winner is: Almost everything by the Beatles.

You can ask Judge Lipscombe your own questions at our Candidate Meet & Greet this Thursday, Jan. 23rd at Joe’s Crab Shack from 6:30 – 9pm.

AFSCME and CLC Endorses

I’m honored to have received the endorsement from AFSCME and the Central Labor Council. As a union guy and member of AFSCME Local 1624, this endorsement is particularly important to me. I’m proud to have earned their support.

The Race Is On

I have an opponent in the upcoming Democratic March primary and I need your support to continue our progress.

It has been my sincere privilege to serve the people of Travis County for the past 30 years. Your help and support have allowed me to achieve my dream of serving as judge of County Court at Law #3 for the last three of these years. When I ran for office in 2010, I pledged to make my court one for the community and I have worked diligently to fulfill that goal. With your help, I will continue to make our courts more accessible and educate our community inside and outside the courtroom on criminal justice issues.

Will you sign up as a supporter to show folks we are the consensus, community candidate?

This is a pivotal point in the campaign. Now I need your support more than ever. I hope you will sign up as a supporter and make a donation today so we are able to run an aggressive campaign.

Overwhelming

It is with a very full heart that I thank the many folks who have signed up to support my re-election campaign. Last week I filed to seek re-election for County Court at Law #3. Since then, we have raised over $10,000 and received support from hundreds of great Democrats, lawyers, community leaders, and friends. The support has been overwhelming and I truly appreciate all your encouragement and support.

Our work isn’t over. There are still three weeks left until the filing deadline and I need your help to show we are the consensus, community candidate for this court.

Will you join my public supporter list and encourage your friends and family to do the same?

For the last 23 years, the last three as your judge, it has been my privilege to serve Travis County. With your help, I will continue to make our courts more accessible and educate our community inside and outside the courtroom on criminal justice issues. It has been an honor to serve and ensure that this court is a court for all the people of Travis County.

Our goal is to release over 300 names from community leaders, lawyers, activists, and Travis County voters. Thank you again, for helping me kick-off my re-election campaign. I truly appreciate everything!