HOUSTON — One of the 17 black women elected as Houston-area judges last year as part of a “Black Girl Magic” campaign has died at age 57.

Judge Cassandra Hollemon’s daughter, Brandy Hollemon, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that her mother died Monday, about a week after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Hollemon said her mother, who presided over the Harris County Criminal Court at Law No. 12, started feeling ill in mid-December but kept going to work until she was hospitalized on Jan. 23.

Brandy Hollemon said her mother loved being part of “Black Girl Magic ,” a campaign for last year’s election featuring the 17 black women and two other sitting Harris County judges.

The victory of the 17 women was part of a Harris County rout by the Democrats, who won almost all of the nearly 70 local judicial races.

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This version corrects the spelling of the last name to Hollemon instead of Holleman.

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