Alex Kim has filed to run for district judge of the 323rd judicial district. Kim is running against Republican Riley Shaw in the March 6 primary election.
Community Impact Newspaper asked Kim to respond to questions about his candidacy. His reponses are below, edited for style.
Q: Why did you decide to run for this office?
A: I have a passion for children and families in Tarrant County. I have taught junior high Sunday school for years and volunteer as a junior high lacrosse coach in Colleyville. I have always felt that one can make an unimaginable impact on children at this age where lessons in integrity, self-discipline, and hard work can shape the child as they grow into young adults. This court deals with juvenile crimes and child protective services termination cases.
Q: What experience—professionally or politically—do you have that would prepare you for this position?
A: I have been practicing law for about a dozen years and have accumulated quite a few awards. I am a Fort Worth Magazine Top Attorney, have handled many high-profile criminal cases in Tarrant County and am a legal analyst for WFAA and KDFW FOX 4.
Q: If elected, what would be your top priorities?
A: This court is the one that the Ethan Couch “affluenza” case originated from. That former judge (retired in 2014) was notorious for not making tough decisions and not managing the court’s docket. I plan to continue the positive changes made by the current judge (who is retiring) and try to find ways to trim the court’s $3.2 million budget.
Q: What else do you want constituents to know about you and your background?
A: I am a Christian first, husband and father second, and a conservative third. I have been very public about my personal views and have been consistently conservative for years. As a member of the Texas Electoral College, I made national news for being unapologetically conservative, and your readers should know that I will not change that part about me.