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Monday Night Politics: Presiding over family law, issues

Diane Xavier | 3/3/2014, 10:08 a.m.
Ingrid Michelle Warren and Chris Wilmoth participate in The Dallas Examiner's Monday Night Politics – Meet the Candidates on Feb. 17 411 Reality Radio

Kelly was not present at the forum.

Armstrong served as a judge for the Dallas Municipal Court from 2003 until 2013 before she decided to run for the office. She said she was influenced to get into law due to the loss of her mother at a young age.

“I was 10 years old when I found out that my mom died,” Armstrong said. “After that, our family went through things where we experienced chaos and crisis face-to-face. My dad suddenly became a single dad with five children. We had teen pregnancy in our family with my other siblings. I have been a woman who has been around and exposed to family violence a good part of my life, even in my own intimate relationships where my significant other wanted me to be in isolation. I even had spyware on my phone or my laptop after I left my partner. These are things that women who experience family violence know very well and I know them as well. So as I have been a judge and your judge for the last 10 years, I bring that perspective and experience to the bench. I recognize that it’s important to have someone who is fair, who is impartial, who’s done the work, who’s lived the work and who understands how the work should go. Even as a judge, I served you with issuing protective orders, having jury trials and assault family violence cases. My opponent may have many experiences, but what she doesn’t have is the experience of being a judge, of which I have. I have been a judge as long as my opponent has had a law license and I have served Dallas County for 10 years as a judge and now want to serve at a higher level of judge in County Criminal Court 11.”

In round three of the forum, County Probate Court 2 incumbent Chris Wilmoth faced Ingrid Michelle Warren.

Warren said as a probate court judge, their role is to offer solutions to families in this court. Warren is a graduate of Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet High School in Dallas and also received an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University where she graduated in three and a half years. She received her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. Warren’s experience includes working as a clerk for the United States Bankruptcy Court. She said she focuses her law practice on probate administration, guardianships and probate litigation.

“This court provides guidance on people suffering and in this suffering it happens to be an emotional suffering,” Warren said. “I have spent the better half part of my legal career working in this area. I work for the people and work from the ground up. Also, my clients would say that I am fair and knowledgeable and help educate them. I often speak to people and groups where I stress the importance of having a will, multi-party accounts and also educate people about what happens at the time of death such as if a person’s name is listed on the account it doesn’t necessarily mean that they inherit the account.”