Two Galveston judicial races result in run offs

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau May 31, 2012, 9:25am


GALVESTON - The races for two local state district courts will see an end in a couple of months.

As of May 30, no clear winner was declared in the Republican primary elections for the Galveston County 405th and 10th District Courts with both judgeships slated for runoffs in late July.

Dickinson attorney and city council member Kerry L. Neves will face George Young, also an attorney, for the opportunity to replace 10th District Court Judge David Garner. 405th District Court Judge Wayne Mallia will defend his seat against League City attorney Michelle Slaughter.

Garner, 62, chose not to seek re-election.

Neves's 8,260 votes bested the 5,670 for Young and 5,196 for former Galveston police officer and Alvin Community College professor Phillip Morris, however, the 43 percent garnered by Neves was not enough to secure the majority of the election.

Meanwhile, Slaughter emerged on top from a field of four Republicans, which includes Mallia, but she too did not earn the more than 50 percent vote to win her respective race.

Slaughter accumulated 10,015 votes while Mallia finished the race with 7,654.

Mallia was first elected as a Democrat in 2000, but switched to the GOP in November.

Their rivals, Zachary Maloney and Paul Lavalle, combined for approximately 12 percent of the vote.

There was no Democratic candidate in either race.

The runoffs are slated for July 31.

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