Michelle Slaughter, judge of the 405th District Court, won the Republican Party nomination to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Tuesday night, according to complete but unofficial election results.
Since no Democratic Party candidate filed to run, Slaughter will become one of the nine justices on the court. She will earn a salary of $168,000 a year and serve a six-year term.
Slaughter held a comfortable lead with more than 52 percent of the vote in the three-candidate race late Tuesday, according to near-complete but unofficial results.
During the campaign, Slaughter picked up some substantial endorsements, including influential conservative group Empower Texans and Texas Right to Life, an anti-abortion group that has also endorsed Ted Cruz, Dan Patrick and Greg Abbott.
“I’m grateful and humbled for so much support across the state,” Slaughter said. “I received tremendous endorsements. I’m feeling incredibly honored and blessed.”
Slaughter, who first took the bench in 2013, previously said she would position herself as a Clarence Thomas-like figure on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
Texas has a two-branch appeals court system. When a criminal case is appealed to the highest level, it’s the court of criminal appeals that makes a ruling. The Texas Supreme Court is the highest court for civil cases.
Comal County Judge Dib Waldrip and Jay Brandon, the chief of conviction integrity unit in Bexar County, also made bids for the Republican nomination.
Taking the time to talk to voters across Texas and listening to concerns is a reason she won, Slaughter said.
“Being able to travel the state and meet with voters, I think that played into it and had a tremendous impact,” she said. “I think that really resonated with a lot of people.”