Thank you Lawyers Against Systemic Racism! If elected, I would be proud to be Tacoma Municipal Court’s only BIPOC judge because I believe removing barriers to justice starts with leaders from impacted communities taking action.Tacoma Municipal Court Department 3: Candidate Sergio Flores. Learn more about Sergio Flores here: sergiofloresforjudge.com
On June 4, 2020, the Washington State Supreme Court released a statement acknowledging the pervasive racism which exists within all levels of the justice system and called for members of the legal community, including judges, to work to dismantle systemic racism. If elected as a judge, what will you do to accomplish this goal and end systemic racism in our local justice system?
Candidate Flores's Answer:
The legitimacy of our judicial system is vested in public trust, so it is a shameful reality that it improperly produces different results for low-income and BIPOC communities. For many, their perception of our system is tainted by this systematic discrimination, which is even harder to correct when the people in power do not look like them. As the only BIPOC and only LGBTQ individual running to be a judge in the Tacoma Municipal Court, I am eager to utilize my professional and lived experiences, if elected, to eliminate the persistent barriers to justice our local marginalized communities face. Over the past year, I have worked to set up the Auburn Community Court, which provides individuals in Auburn, WA with the resources necessary to prevent reoffending and focuses on rehabilitation instead of incarceration/stigmatization because that often disproportionately affects communities of color. I believe in meaningful accountability, equity, and compassion, and I plan to bring evidence-based restorative justice programs to Tacoma ... See MoreSee Less
Excited to announce that I’ve been endorsed by the Teamsters Joint Council 28, which encompasses Teamsters Unions across Alaska, Washington, and Idaho! (Including Local 117 - featured in this photo from my latest doorbelling session)
Having grown up in a strong labor community, I’ve always been a union advocate and have used my law school education to fight for the fair treatment of workers throughout my career. I’m proud to stand with labor!
Today is the beginning of Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month! I am so proud to come from a small town in Mexico, to now be a part of Tacoma’s rich Latinx culture, and to have this month to celebrate our history! However, I also recognize that history is ongoing. If elected, I would be the only Latinx judge on Tacoma’s Municipal Court, and only the 2nd in all of Pierce County. Our fight for true representation is not over. ¡Vamos hacer historia!