Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Elsa Alcala announced on Twitter that she would not seek re-election in 2018. In an accompanying statement, Alcala said the need to run statewide in a partisan election was her “primary reason” for retiring. “Although I have been fortunate in that I have repeatedly been elected or reelected by the public, I believe that the results from partisan judicial elections are too random and unreliable for me to engage in this process for a fifth time,” she said. “I have seen too many qualified judges lose their bids for election or reelection, and I have witnessed the converse situation too.”

Judge Elsa Alcala

Judge Elsa Alcala

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