I’m Tim Brandenburg, and I’d like to tell you a little about myself.

My wife Irma and I live in Arlington.  Irma and I are members of Saint Joseph Catholic Parish in Arlington, and I am a member of the Knights of Columbus.

I’m from Ralston, Oklahoma, a small, rural town.  I am very thankful for the small-town values I learned there.   I learned that people come together when there is a tragedy, like the time a young boy was drowned in the Arkansas River and the community showed its support by searching the flooded riverbanks for his body.  I learned that a community can also come together in celebration, like the annual Labor Day weekend where there is a carnival, parade, and a combined high school reunion for Ralston High School graduates of all years.

My father taught me about working hard to provide for my family. After returning from the war in Vietnam, Dad went to work for the Post Office as a mail carrier.  After he retired from the Post Office, Dad went to work for the State of Oklahoma and retired from there too.  After that retirement, Dad couldn’t just sit around the house and went back to work.  At 74 years old, Dad is still working full time.  Dad also taught me about God and instilled in me a love for our Creator.  I can remember the many hours we spent together, reading and studying the Bible, providing me a firm foundation in Christian values.

My Mom taught me, my two brothers, and my two sisters about the need for education.  After high school, I went to Oklahoma State University, and I was able to get my college degree through Pell Grants, student loans, and minimum wage jobs.  These were hard jobs for little pay, but I knew education would make a better life for me and my family.

After college, I worked as a computer programmer for almost ten years.  It was that work that brought me to Texas in 1996, and I’ve lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex ever since.  As the saying goes “I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as soon as I could”.

In 2002, I started going to law school in the evenings in Fort Worth. It was hard working a full-time day job and going to evening classes, but I got my law degree in 2006.

In my second year of law school, I went to work for a law firm that helped working people, people who, through no fault of their own, needed Social Security Disability or were seriously hurt by the acts of others.  It was at that job where I learned to love representing people in court.

While a lot of attorneys are satisfied with reviewing contracts and drafting documents, my passion is the courtroom.  My first jury trial was in Tarrant County, and I’ve had a lot of civil court trials since then in North Texas.

During my years of courtroom law, I have seen a lot of things that I simply could not believe at first.  I learned that the deck is stacked against working class people in favor of big companies and the big law firms these companies hire.

One of my biggest surprises was that juries are routinely being misled during trials.  For example, corporate employee attorneys are allowed mislead juries, using fake law firm names to cover up that fact that it is an insurance company, not the person being sued, who will be compensating the injured person.  Also, in my experience, it is all too commonplace for big law firm attorneys to make frivolous objections and attempt to hide critical information during the evidence gathering process.  There are many, many more examples of how the system is stacked against regular people.

I’m running for 96th District Court Judge because I want to fairly apply the law and give ordinary people what they deserve… justice.

The saying goes that justice is blind, but that just isn’t true anymore.  The Golden Rule is to “Do unto others as you would have done unto you”, but, in divided America today, the Golden Rule has been twisted to “He who has the gold, make the Rules”.   That is not the America we deserve.

If you elect me Judge, I will make sure the law is followed without regard to who is in my court, whether it is a multi-million dollar company or a regular person like you or me.

The Pledge of Allegiance concludes with “liberty and justice for all."  I want to be your Judge so, together, we can make the Pledge a reality and have Justice for ALL.