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Candidate Comparison: Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 8

Slaughter, Ash  Photos from Campaigns

Slaughter, Ash

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Slaughter vs. Ash

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 8

Over the past year, we have been asking candidates running for various local and statewide offices to answer questions for our Voter Guide. While full responses are available at AmarilloVotes.com, we are offering you shortened versions in “Candidate Comparisons” ahead of the November election. Each response below came directly from the candidate’s questionnaire and are unedited.


Michelle Slaughter (Republican)

Why did you decide to run?

“I am currently in my second term as a district judge in the 405th District Court of Galveston County.  I first ran for this district court bench because I was tired of complaining about what I was seeing in that court.  I am now running for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (“CCA”) for the same reason.  Over the past few years, I have seen some judges on the Court venturing into judicial activism. Judges should never legislate from the bench.”

What experience qualifies you for this position?

“(1) I am a constitutional conservative judge who has a proven track record of efficiency, effectiveness, transparency, and saving taxpayer dollars; (2) as a district judge, I have presided over thousands of felony criminal cases and well over 100 felony criminal jury trials; and (3) I am the only candidate in this race that has litigated cases in state and federal courts all over Texas and in other states.  I have also taken cases up on appeal in both state and federal courts.”

How will you best represent the Texans who elect you?

“As a judge on the CCA, I will ensure that constitutional rights are protected and that justice is served. I will also ensure that the CCA is more transparent, efficient, effective, and is a good steward of your tax dollars.”


Mark Ash (Libertarian)

Why did you decide to run?

“The need to have judges on the court with a criminal defense attorney's perspective.”

What experience qualifies you for this position?

“Over 25 years practicing criminal defense and representing thousands of persons in the criminal justice system.”

How will you best represent the Texans who elect you?

“I will decide individual cases in an impartial manner based on the law and the facts and not political expediency.”

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