A Look At Mike Anderson, Harris County's New GOP DA Nominee

headshot from Mike Anderson's campaign website
Nearly a week after his resounding GOP primary victory over Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos, Mike Anderson says the reality of the win still hasn't completely sunk in yet. Anderson says he'll now focus on the November election after a primary campaign that took down an incumbent.

"It was a campaign by people, a lot of people from different walks of life, from different areas in the community that
came together and felt like something needed to be changed and they got it done."

In his study at his home in Bellaire, Mike Anderson is dressed casually, trying to fit an interview between time with his kids and a trip to the community swimming pool. The former judge and prosecutor says he has a lot personally invested in the DA's
office.

"I just felt like there was a lack of leadership there. I love that office. I spent 17 years there, met my wife there, grew up as a lawyer there. I have a great deal of feeling for that office and when I saw what I perceived to be decisions that were taking it down the wrong road, I just felt like I needed to get up and do something about it."

He did in a big way with an overwhelming win last Tuesday over Pat Lykos, who is still in her first term as DA. He says his campaign wasn't about Lykos.

"I didn't have any personal frustration with Patricia Lykos. My concern was with the office and the way I look at things, there's an equation. If the District Attorney's office is suffering, well then public safety is suffering and one cannot happen without the other."

Anderson's work isn't over yet. He'll face the Democratic candidate, local attorney Lloyd Wayne Oliver in November. He says he hopes his experience in the DA's office and as a judge works in his favor.

"I tried a lot of cases and I certainly saw many different approaches by judges. I saw different approaches by defense attorneys. But through all that, I think I gained a great deal of experience that helps me, and will help me if I'm fortunate enough to be elected in November, to make the decisions that need to be made in a District Attorney's office that serves a population as large as Harris County."
 
He says if elected, he'll  follow a path of conservatism.

"I believe you follow the law. The law is written and that's how you follow it. You don't legislate from the bench or from the desk of the District Attorney's Office. You follow the law that's written in Austin. You may not agree with it, but you follow it and if you don't like it you go every two years and try to get the legislature to change it. If they don't, you continue to follow it."
 
For now, Anderson is more worried about his kids and summer break as he heads out for a swim. He says campaigning can wait a while as he soaks in a victory that could bring a familiar face back to the Harris County District Attorney's Office.

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News Director Jack Williams has been with Houston Public Radio since August of 2000. He's also a reporter and anchor for Houston Public Radio's local All Things Considered segments...