Last night in Waco, at the Hispanic Republican Club of McLennan County monthly meeting, two Judges laid out their reasons why they should be elected as Chief Justice of the 10th Court of Appeals. Challenger, District Judge Steve Smith, gave us three reasons why he’s running. One of those reasons was to restore the integrity and honor of the office, which he feels has been degraded by the Incumbent Chief Justice, Tom Gray.
Judge Smith mentioned in a previous Press release, “The courtroom is no place for judges who want to write or apply the law to conform to their personal or political beliefs. We need true conservative judges who will create courtrooms with a level playing field where everyone is treated equally and with respect. Each case must be decided based on its merits alone. That’s the way I run my courtroom and that is what I will bring to the 10th Court of Appeals if elected.”
Smith went on to say that he believes Gray lacks the judicial temperament needed inside and outside of the courtroom and that he has lost the faith and confidence of the public.
Chief Justice, Tom Gray was also in attendance and spoke about his background and responded to the strong statements of Smith. After Justice Gray’s brief introduction, he began to set the scene for how he would like the campaign to advance. “In today’s political climate, it seems like the way to win is to tear down your opponent, climb up on their corpse and bones and shout out victory,” stated Gray, in a direct response to Smith’s public statements regarding Gray’s public slap on the wrist by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct for lapses in judgment.”
McLennan County is one of eighteen counties within the District of the 10th Court of Appeals. The Chief Justice position of the 10th Court of Appeals is up for grabs, and these two men will have a full load and a fiery campaign. Please take a moment to watch the videos and help by sharing this post with your concerned friends and family.