Slaughter wins Mallia's seat on Galveston bench

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Aug. 2, 2012, 4:00am


GALVESTON - Twelve years ago, then-Galveston County First Assistant Criminal District Attorney Wayne Mallia was elected the first judge of the newly created Galveston County 405th District Court.

Mallia, who has switched from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party since then, will see someone else succeed him on the bench in November as he lost his campaign for reelection to League City attorney Michelle Slaughter in the July 31 runoff elections.

Slaughter gained 10,733 votes to Mallia's 9,533 to seal the Republican nomination, recent figures show.

She is the lone candidate since there is no Democrat to challenge her on Nov. 6.

According to her campaign website, she aims to "improve the efficiency of the 405th District Court to maximize the value of taxpayer dollars."

Meanwhile in the 10th District Court runoff, Dickinson attorney and city council member Kerry L. Neves accumulated 10,847 votes to secure the GOP bid from fellow attorney George Young, who finished the race with 7,358 votes.

Current 10th District Judge David Garner chose not to seek re-election.

Like Slaughter, Neves is running unopposed.

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