Conroe Courier News - State Supreme Court Justice Speaks to MCRW

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By:  Dale Wainwright
Date: Aug. 28, 2008
Location: Conroe, TX


Conroe Courier News - State Supreme Court Justice Speaks to MCRW

Kassia Micek

The Montgomery County Republican Party is gearing up for the November election by preparing to get more voters out to polling sites.

Those votes will be crucial in close elections, said Texas Supreme Court Justice Dale Wainwright, who is seeking re-election. Wainwright spoke of the importance of voting at the monthly luncheon meeting Montgomery County Republican Women's Club on Thursday.

"It's going to be a razor-thin margin, I think, this year," he said about statewide races. "Our two largest cities will have a razor-thin margin, which means Montgomery County is more important than ever."

He pointed to the 2002 Dallas County election when all 42 Republican candidates running against Democratic opponents lost their seats in a "sweep."

Wainwright, 47, is one of three Texas Supreme Court justices, all Republicans, up for election in November. Democrat Samuel Houston is challenging Wainwright for Place 7.

Wainwright is seeking re-election to keep the court focused in the right direction, he said.

"Judges have incredible authority given to them by the people," he said. "It should be exercised with restraint. …

"That is why it is critical to pay attention to these judicial races. That is why it is important to pay special attention to the judicial authorities."

Wainwright received a standing ovation when he finished his speech.

"I think he expressed the need for people to be really mindful when they vote for judges," MCRW President Pearl Maggio said. "The election of a judge is more important than some people realize."