My name is Tameika Carter and I am seeking election as the next Judge of the 400th District Court. I am originally from Oakland, California. My husband and I are long-time residents of Fort Bend County. We have two children in the Fort Bend ISD School District. Throughout my life I have been fortunate to have amazing mentors who have dedicated their time to ensure my success. This is why giving-back has always been so important to me and this is why I have dedicated my career to helping others. In 2001 I relocated to Texas to attend Thurgood Marshall School of Law (TMSL) at Texas Southern University. After graduation and being admitted to the Texas Bar, I selected a career in public service and served as an Assistant District Attorney. I spent over ten years serving both Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office and Harris County District Attorney’s Office. During my time in those offices I gained extensive jury trial experience including prosecuting misdemeanors and complicated felonies such as sexual assaults, aggravated robberies and murders.
In 2015 I joined my husband’s practice, The Law Office of Wilvin Carter. Together we practiced criminal defense and personal injury law. I worked tirelessly to protect the rights of individuals charged with crimes and to help families harmed by the intentional and negligent acts of others. Our clients were often from underserved communities similar to the community I was raised in. My work strengthened my resolve to keep fighting to improve our judicial system. I worked to ensure that each person received a fair outcome whether rich or poor.
In January of 2019 I transitioned from private practice to the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office. The lessons I learned in private practice prove to be invaluable to me. My current assignment is the Mental Health Division. My primary focus is jail diversion for mentally ill individuals who are charged with misdemeanor or felony offenses. If elected I would continue working with the Fort Bend County Mental Health Court. I seek to break the cycle of recidivism for people with serious mental illnesses and focusing on establishing more community based treatment solutions. As judge I would work to ensure that mentally-ill individuals charged with non-violent offenses are not sitting in jail for extended periods of time due to high bonds.
My experiences working for the community as both a prosecutor and then in the private sector for the past 15 years has well-equipped me for this job. I have the knowledge, skills and temperament necessary to be a successful and fair judge. Additionally, having practiced in numerous courtrooms in Texas, I have learned the importance of having efficiently run courts. This is especially true in criminal cases where you may have someone sitting in jail waiting for their day in court. I firmly believe that well-run courts help cases move through our judicial system faster and this is what I intend to bring to the 400th Judicial District Court.