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Two jump at candidacy for 252nd Criminal District Court Judge

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Two people have filed to become the next 252nd District Court judge after learning that Judge Layne Walker will not seek a fourth term.

Carolyn Drawhorn Wiedenfeld is running as a Republican and Raquel West is running as a Democrat. 

As of Sunday night, they're the only two vying for the seat.

"A judge needs to see every person is different but treated the same," Wiedenfeld said Sunday on her intent to run.

"With the serious offenses and things you're dealing with there, I've always felt comfortable handling those types of cases. I'd fit in perfectly," West told 12News. 

Wiedenfeld hails from Port Neches. The 53-year-old has been practicing Family and Criminal Law in Nederland for 12 years. She says she's witnessed unfair treatment towards defendants and she wishes to make a change. 

"I don't think defendants should sit in jail for three years waiting for a trial. I don't think that's right," She said.

West is a Beaumont attorney and native of Nome. At 43-years-old she has been practicing Family and Criminal law for the last 18 years. West has wanted to be a judge since her earlier years. 

"The hope is to make an impact on people so they don't keep reoffending and the system works," West said.

People still have until Monday evening to file as a candidate.





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