The following is a compilation of the unedited responses from R.K. Sandill, candidate for Texas Supreme Court Place 4, to the 2018 Amarillo Pioneer Voter Guide. Sandill is unopposed in the March 6th Democratic primary and will face incumbent Republican John Devine in November.
Texas Supreme Court, Place 4
Why did you decide to run for office?
The Texas Constitution tells us that all political power is inherent in the people. Yet, the Supreme Court of Texas is increasingly out of touch with the needs of everyday Texans.
After nearly a quarter century of one-party rule, our state Supreme Court increasingly caters to an extreme, special interest agenda and is ignoring its duty to the 28 million Texans it is elected to serve. On issues from public school finance to equal protection under the law, the Court has failed to do its job.
I am running for the Supreme Court of Texas, Place 4, to restore an independent voice to our state’s highest judicial body and to focus on the rule of law, rather than a fringe ideological agenda.
Please list any of your political, civic or non-profit experience.
Judge, 127th State District Court, January 2009 - present
Fellow, Texas & Houston Bar Foundations
Board Member, American Leadership Forum, Houston
Board Trustee, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Gulf Coast
What is your educational background?
I earned a B.A. in government from the University of Texas at Austin, and my law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.
What experience do you have that qualifies you for this position?
For the last nine years I have served as Judge of the 127th State District Court, where I have tried hundreds of cases and disposed of thousands of matters, and have consistently received high ratings from local attorneys in the Houston Bar Association Bar Poll. I have been a practicing lawyer for 17 years.
How will you best represent the Texans who elected you?
I will restore balance and an independent voice to the Texas Supreme Court, by adhering to the State Constitution and the rule of law, rather than a fringe, ideological agenda.
Are you supported by any political action committees? If so, which ones?
Not at this time.
How are you better suited than your opponent(s) to serve in the position that you are running for?
As a district court judge, I take my responsibility to adhere to the rule of law very seriously. In every case before me, I weigh the arguments and evidence presented in making a decision, rather than ruling based on an ideological agenda.
Why should voters choose you in 2018?
I am a Texan -- the proud son of immigrants -- who grew up in a military family. I am currently a district court judge in our state’s largest county. I am a husband, dad and cancer survivor. And if elected, I will restore balance and serve all Texans on the Supreme Court.