For Respected Texas Jurist Campaigning Is A Family Affair

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Karen Crouch is running for Judge County Court at Law #10 and her family is running right beside her with love and support all the way to election day. For Crouch's family, a campaign for office has turned into an educational lesson on the American political process.

The fact is they are really into campaigning. As a result, they are learning a tremendous amount about elective politics

For Karen Crouch campaigning for elective judicial position has always been a family affair – first with her mom, dad and brother and now with her husband and kids.

“I met my husband, retired San Antonio educator Gerald Flores, at a political function in 1994. I was walking in as he was walking out,” Crouch recalls. “And that was it!”

The two immediately bonded and began working together on her political campaign . They married in 1999. And now they have three children – Lillianna, Nicholas, and Gerald. And they still campaign together, as a family.

“Indeed,” says Crouch, “our children play a huge role in my campaigns. The boys put up campaign signs and Lillianna supervises sorting T-Shirts and mail outs, and a whole lot more at home. They block walk with us too – knocking on doors and asking people to vote for their mom for Judge. They also attend political rallies. The fact is they are really into campaigning. As a result, they are learning a tremendous amount about elective politics,” Crouch adds.

“Without their help and commitment to the campaign I don’t know if I could run for office. I know I could not win without them and my husband, Gerald.”

Crouch has spent more than 16 years serving as a Bexar County Court at Law judge and she now serves as a visiting judge throughout the State of Texas. She is currently seeking election to Bexar County Court at Law #10.

Holly Robichaud, the founder of Tuesday Associates, a Republican campaign consulting service based in Scituate, Mass., lists family support as the first step to take when running for office.

"If a family is not happy with you running for office, then it undermines your candidacy," she wrote in an article she wrote for Winning Campaigns Magazine. "It’s a huge time requirement to run for office, so the family has got to be very understanding of that time commitment. If they’re not, you’re not going to be able to give up enough of your personal time to run."

“A political campaign thrusts the family of a political candidate into the spotlight whether they want the attention or not,” Robichaud added. "Once you throw your hat into the ring, your family will be living in a fishbowl. Be prepared and have them prepared," she wrote.

Crouch says all that is true. “I explained to our children that campaigning for office can be fun, exhilarating, challenging, and difficult. It puts us all under the spotlight of public attention and scrutiny. But so far,” she says, “they seem to love it and for that I am forever grateful and appreciative.”

For a look at Judge Crouch and her family checkout this video at: http://youtu.be/XsK-6rMqoMw

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