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Profile: Mark Ash, Libertarian for Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 8

The following is a compilation of the unedited responses from Mark Ash, Libertarian candidate for Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 8, to the 2018 Amarillo Pioneer Voter Guide Questionnaire. Ash is running against Republican Michelle Slaughter in the November election.


Mark Ash

Office Sought:

Judge, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 8

Why did you decide to run for office?

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

Please list any of your political, civic or non-profit experience.

I am a member and active participant of NORML because as a Libertarian, I strongly believe in the legalization of cannabis.

What is your educational background?

JD, South Texas College of Law

What experience do you have that 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 elected you?

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

Are you supported by any political action committees? If so, which ones?

No. I am candidate from the Libertarian party which strongly believes in limited government and judicial independence.

How are you better suited than your opponent(s) to serve in the position that you are running for?

I have represented persons accused of crimes. My opponent has no criminal defense experience.

Why should voters choose you on November 6th?

Protect your rights by voting for a candidate that will uphold the civil liberty principles of the US and Texas constitutions.



Profile: Maria Jackson, Democrat for Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals

Profile: Michelle Slaughter, Republican for Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 8