2020 Judge - 19th District Court

Thomas West

Thomas West is an Attorney, Associate Judge, a Family Man, a Christian, and community minded with a servant’s heart. Born in Amarillo Texas in 1964 to Jack and Martha West, Thomas lived an all-American childhood with hard-working parents and three older siblings. Jack West was a project manager for a large commercial construction company, and Martha was a homemaker and then a teacher at Waco Montessori.  As a boy, Thomas played football, basketball, and baseball, learning his strong work ethic and discipline through his parents and sports. When Thomas was in the fifth grade, he remembered his father asking, “Son, what do you want to be when you grow up?” Thomas replied, “A Lawyer, then I want to be a Judge.”

Thomas made good on his answer. He graduated in 1987 Cum Laude from The University of Mississippi with a B.A. in English.  He graduated from Baylor Law School in 1990 and began serving the citizens of McLennan County as a prosecutor.  Thomas has devoted his entire, almost 30-year Law Career, to criminal law. He began as a prosecutor in the McLennan County Criminal District Attorney’s office from 1991-2000. During a decade of working in the D.A.’s office, Thomas prosecuted both Felony and Misdemeanor cases, (handled CPS cases, pursued protective orders for victims of violence, and asset forfeitures).  As Misdemeanor Chief, he managed and trained new prosecutors. “My years there taught me how to handle multiple jobs in a fast-paced environment, while seeking justice.”

In 2000, Thomas moved into private practice and joined a local Waco Law firm and became a partner in 2006. He maintains his criminal practice and handles all Felony and Misdemeanor cases—both at the State and Federal level. Outside of his private practice, in 2001, Thomas began as the Municipal Court Prosecutor for the City of Lorena, a position he still holds today. He was appointed Associate Judge for the City of Hewitt in 2018. Thomas has always been able to manage his positions as both a lawyer and judge effectively.  I became Board Certified in Criminal Law in both State and Federal courts in 2002.  I have 32 hours of judicial training from 2018-2019. “I have the right experience learned through courtroom battles of at least 120 jury trials combined with education to have the rights skills and expertise to strictly apply the law, protect the victims of crime, and to keep our families safe.”

Given his varied professional responsibilities, Thomas always makes time for his family, church, and community.  Thomas and Stephanie and their three children: Jackson, Hannah, and Ally have been members of First Woodway Baptist Church since 1988. He has worked in the children ministries for many years, was ordained as a deacon in 2002 and continues to serve in that role today. He is also a member of numerous community organizations, including the McLennan County Republican Club, Auxiliary member McLennan County Republican Women, Waco Rotary Club, and has served on The Salvation Army advisory board since 2012.

Thomas has never been afraid of hard work and that work ethic along with his integrity will make the citizens of McLennan County proud and safer.

I ask for your support and I ask for your Vote!

I look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of McLennan County as Judge of the 19th District Court.

To learn more about Thomas West visit his website www.thomaswestforjudge.com

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Susan Kelly

Susan Kelly is a conservative Republican who is asking McLennan County voters to choose her to be the next 19th District Court Judge.  Most importantly, she wants to make clear that she will hold criminals personally responsible for their conduct and will not legislate from the Bench.

Licensed in both state and federal courts, there is little Susan has not seen over her legal career.  She has handled thousands of criminal cases, has tried over 100 jury trials and has handled over 50 appeals as lead counsel.

Susan’s most significant qualification is her Board Certification in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  The 19th District Court presides over trials of the most serious of crimes.  If elected, Susan would bring her Criminal Law Specialty to help her fairly administer justice on behalf of the citizens of McLennan County.  Susan’s experience as an appellate attorney, a prosecutor, and a defense attorney makes her uniquely qualified to be the next 19th District Judge.  Susan is dedicated to the Constitution and Rule of Law.    As a prosecutor, Susan was known for being fierce in her role to “see that justice is done.”  She received State of Texas awards for her prosecution of arson cases and crimes against children.  As a Defense Attorney, Susan is known among judges, colleagues, and her clients as a lawyer who genuinely cares about her cases and never forgets that everyone deserves honest communication, sensitivity, and respect.  It is a result of that respect and sensitivity that Susan was elected President of the Waco-McLennan County Bar Association.

Susan is a Christian attending St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Waco. A mother of three adult children, Susan brings both faith and family values to all she does.  Her life experiences, legal knowledge and background, commitment to truth and fairness, dedication and commitment to her community, even temperament, common sense, combined with her conservative principles have placed Susan in the best possible position to become the next 19th District Court Judge.

Most important to Susan personally is her commitment to her faith and to her family.  Most important to Susan professionally is Justice for All.   Susan asks you to call her if you would like to know any additional information about her, and she humbly asks for your vote.

Kristi DeCluitt


"I have dedicated my entire legal career to public service, not profit. I believe in justice and the truth. I promise that if I earn your vote as your District Judge, I will faithfully follow the law and not legislate from the bench.  The Constitution and the Bill of Rights will be the foundation of my decisions.  I believe in tough sentences for violent criminals and empowerment for victims.  I will be fair and respectful to all who come to my Court and dedicate every day to keeping your trust." -- Kristi DeCluitt

Kristi is honored to receive the endorsement of the Waco Police Association.  The WPA was founded in 1947. Its purpose as an association is to stand as one voice in support of its officers.


Kristi believes in public service.  She has served the people for the last 20+ years. She was your Justice of the Peace in the largest precinct in the county for 8 years.  Known as the "go to" judge for law enforcement, she was available 24/7 to issue arrest and search warrants. In her court, she presided over hundreds of criminal and civil cases, conducted hundreds of death inquests, set hundreds of bonds and magistrated hundreds of criminal defendants.  She was honored to have the support of the voters by winning every primary and general election by comfortable margins. Before her time on the bench as JP, she was a McLennan County Assistant Criminal District Attorney for 6 years where she prosecuted misdemeanors and felonies, including crimes against children. She was an Assistant City Attorney in College Station and currently serves you as an Assistant City Attorney in Waco.


Kristi and her husband, Chris, serve their neighbors. Since moving back to Chris's hometown of Waco in 1999, they have been heavily involved in Waco non-profit philanthropic and education organizations. Kristi currently serves on the boards of the Waco Rotary Club, Bosqueville Excellence in Education Foundation, Christian Youth Theater, and REACH Therapeutic Riding Center.  She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Waco, and member of the Providence Founder's Society.  In the past, she has served on the boards of the Waco Humane Society, Waco Civic Theatre, and the Waco Genealogical Society. Kristi and Chris are the proud parents to Eva (13) and Blake (9).


A proud Ninth Generation Texan, Kristi grew up in Stratford - a small farming community in the Texas panhandle.  She was raised with the ethic of hard work, life-long education, and the love of Jesus Christ.  Her upbringing led her to believe in the conservative values of the Republican Party.  Kristi is proud that she has never voted in a Democratic primary, has endorsed and supported conservative Republican candidates, and has been active in the local, state and national Republican Party for 20+ years.