Austin and Conroe, March 11 – 405th District Court Judge Michelle Slaughter decisively won election to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 8. Slaughter’s campaign became very personal for many conservative Republican activists in Montgomery County, because Slaughter personally campaigned in The Woodlands and Conroe during Early Voting and on Election Day for the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election and came to know many of those activists quite well during the process.
There were three excellent candidates in the open seat for Place 8 on the Court of Criminal Appeals, Jay Brandon and Judge Dib Waldrip of San Antonio and Slaughter from Galveston County. Slaughter received 667,538 votes statewide, 52.83%, to 388,492 votes for Brandon, 30.74%, and 111,293, or 16.59%, for Waldrip. In Montgomery County, Slaughter received 21,347 votes to 11,349 for Brandon and 10,008 for Waldrip. Slaughter received just under 50% of the Montgomery County vote.
There is no democrat in the November General Election, so Judge Slaughter’s Primary Election victory is a win outright for the seat on the highest criminal appellate court in Texas.
Slaughter’s decision to campaign in Montgomery County was an interesting one. Slaughter had received endorsements from almost every major Tea Party and conservative Republican organization in Texas, including Empower Texans, Texas Right to Life, and The Golden Hammer. Nevertheless, the Texas Patriots PAC and the Montgomery County Tea Party, both headquartered in Montgomery County, endorsed Waldrip and Brandon, respectively.
As a result, Slaughter decided to concentrate the final days of her campaign in Early Voting and Election Day locations in Montgomery County. Slaughter spent several days at the Woodlands Community Center campaigning from 7 a.m. until the polls closed at 7 p.m. Many of the activists and candidates working alongside of her came to know and like her quite a bit during the many hours of campaigning together.
On Election Day, Slaughter made the wise decision to campaign at one polling place which is normally one of the most busy in The Woodlands, Precinct 78 at Roger Galatas Elementary School on Cochran’s Crossing Drive. The longtime adage has been, “As Box 78 goes, so goes The Woodlands.” For that reason, for example, most of the candidates running for the Woodlands Township Board campaigned at Box 78 on Election Day in November, 2016.
As a result of Slaughter’s personal campaigning in The Woodland and Conroe during the last days of the campaign, many conservative activists were happy to learn of Slaughter’s victory on Election Day.
Slaughter has served as a district judge in Galveston County for six years and has shown a very strong conservative record as a jurist during that time period. She follows the precept that, until a finding of guilt, individuals should receive fair and efficient treatment from our courts, but, if found guilty, they should meet serious consequences for committing crimes. She’s Pro-Life and has a long history of activism as a conservative and as a Republican. Slaughter has been an avid advocate of the Second Amendment and of gun rights since she was a teenager.
Slaughter and her husband, a NASA engineer, have two children and three rescue pets. They attend Clear Creek Community Church in League City. Slaughter hails from parents who were, respectively, her father who is a retired coach and school administrator and her mother who is an entrepreneur and small business owner.
After college and law school, Slaughter worked for large firms before deciding to open her own law practice. She then ran for the 405th District Court of Galveston County and became a District Judge in 2013.
Slaughter has been an active member and officer of several Republican organizations. She’s received the endorsement of Texas Right to Life, the oldest, largest, and most venerable Pro-Life organization in Texas. She’s served as an officer and Board member of several community organizations, including The Galloway School and the Fair Association, among others. Slaughter and her husband also regularly contribute to cancer research and support.
Slaughter has the talent, good sense, and philosophical commitment to be a great Court of Criminal Appeals Judge. Texas Republican voters should celebrate her victory with her.