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Single mom judges campaign together, win primaries

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Two candidates in the Texas primary elections used an unconventional way to campaign together for two different elected offices, and it may be one reason why voters remembered their names.

Kim Cooks and Andrea Martin both won the vote for the positions they were running for in the primaries, and took almost a dozen law interns from the Townview Magnet for a celebratory lunch on Wednesday.

Both women are same age, single mothers, former assistant district attorneys and work in the same building.

"We both got married after law school, both got divorced around the same time, both had sons the same year," said Martin. "It's just really strange."

So naturally, they decided to campaign together for elected office -- Cooks for the 255th Family District Court, and Martin for the 304th Juvenile District Court.

"I went up to her office, and I said, ‘I wanna run for judge, and I think we should be judges together!'" said Martin.

Despite the naysayers, they won.

"We didn't look like typical judges," said Martin. "The fact that we teamed up. That's not the way we're supposed to do it. We just had a lot of people coming at us negative."

"We would go to events together, and then we would hand out flyers and just be everywhere campaigning, ‘cause we knew, basically, it was marketing and we had to sell ourselves," said Cooks.

The two women met in court.

"She represented the father and I represented the grandfather," said Martin. "And we were fighting it out in court."

Seven years later, they faced off against each other on opposite sides of the table.

With not much of a war chest, but with a whole lot of heart, they say they leaned on each other all the way through.

"I think if we were by ourselves it would've affected us differently," said Martin. "We had each other to lean on. If someone was attacking her, they were attacking me, and we just pushed it off and we just kept moving. If a door closed, we kicked opened another and kept moving."

Martin won by 69 percent of the vote, and Cooks won by 59 percent.

If there are no write-in candidates and/or run unopposed, the two can be sworn in early next year.

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