In the May 29 Republican primary, Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett prevailed in the bid for Place 2 on the court, besting former state Supreme Court Justice Steve W. Smith, now an Austin solo. Willett, who has served on the court since 2005, won 57 percent of the vote, compared to Smith’s 43 percent, according to the Secretary of State of Texas’ website.
But fellow incumbent Texas Supreme Court Justice David Medina, who has served since 2004, will face challenger John Devine, a former state district judge in Houston, in a runoff for Place 4 scheduled for July 31. Medina won 39 percent of the vote, Devine won 32 percent, and Joe Pool Jr., a Dripping Springs solo, won 29 percent, according to the Secretary of State of Texas’ website.
Willett, reached on May 29 before all the returns were in, wrote in an email: “Very encouraged by early returns, but the night is young. I'm sticking with cautious optimism.”
Neither Smith nor Devine could be reached for comment, as each man’s voicemail box was too full to accept messages.
Medina did not return a call seeking comment.
Pool says, “Everybody had us out, and we did better than every expected,” adding that he intends to stay focused on his campaign-stated goals of preventing “the short shrift the Texas Constitution gets at the moment.”
-- Miriam Rozen