Letter from Randy Michel:
"With profound regret for the actions on my part which precipitate this announcement, I hereby announce that I am withdrawing my name and am no longer a candidate for re-election to the office of Judge, County Court at Law #1.
Judges should be the best examples of the finest conduct on and off the bench. They should be in one phrase, 'a class act.' The integrity of public office and of the public officeholders is crucial to our form of government - a form of government that I cherish - and to the rule of law. I have violated the public trust, and I therefore must withdraw from the race - because it is the right thing to do, because I wish no more harm to befall the integrity of the judiciary, and because all judges must be held to, and must maintain, the highest standards of conduct - both professionally and personally.
Words are not adequate to describe the mortification I feel for the anguish I have caused anyone and everyone directly or indirectly involved in, or affected by, my failure to live up to the highest standards of conduct.
I will have nothing to say publicly concerning the facts that led to my decision to withdraw from the race.
It has been my honor and privilege to serve the citizens of this county as judge for these last seven years. I shall never forget all the courtesies and kindness shows to me by so many of you over this period. I ask the forgiveness of my family, my relatives, my staff, my friends, my church, the members of this wonderful community, and of course my Lord and Savior. I am so sorry.
May God bless you and your family."
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