Change Address

VOTE411 Voter Guide

County Judge

Primary Election - Tuesday, March 6, 2018(Early Voting: Tuesday, February 20-Friday, March 2, 2018)The Lubbock County Judge serves a 4-year term.
  • Gary Boren (Rep) Businessman-former owner G BOREN SERVICES

  • Candidate picture

    Karen S. Gibson (Rep) City Councilwoman District 5

  • Candidate picture

    Curtis Parrish (Rep) Attorney

Change Candidates

Biographical Information

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: Describe the training and experience that qualify you for this office. (325 characters, approx. 50 words)

RESPONSIBILITIES: What are the responsibilities of this office? (450 characters, approx. 75 words)

SPOKESPERSON: What qualities are necessary for a county judge to be an effective and responsible spokesperson? (450 characters, approx. 75 words)

ACCESSIBILITY TO CONSTITUENTS: What is the best way to be accessible to constituents? (450 characters, approx. 75 words)

Campaign Phone (806) 535-8100
Email for public contact:
Education Graduate Monterey High School Degree Texas Tech
Twitter @goboren
SR-VP of my own Management-Staffing-Security Co.-former member Lubbock City Council-former Trustee & President Lubbock Board of Trustees-Exe Board-Workforce Solutions of South Plains-15 Counties, Appointed to Task Force for APPRAISAL REFORM by Governor Rick Perry, graduate Texas Tech University & Member-Chancellor's Club
Presiding Officer of the Lubbock County Commissioners Court, leads the county in multiple administrative functions; Director of Emergency Management for the County. Serves the Juvenile Board, The Bail Bond Board, conducts mental competency hearings & mental health related duties as prescribed by state law.
Strong Leadership skills, experience in the private sector, service in other elected office and non-profit sector. Maintain effective relationships with other local officials, state officials and our Lubbock Legislative Delegation. These abilities and skills would make me a better County Judge and therefore a better advocate as spokesman for Lubbock County and as a problem solver who can best get the job done.
As County Judge, I would conduct Town Hall meetings and have open forums to hear the concerns of the average citizen. I will use social media and other modern technology tools so citizens can communicate directly with this office. I will also seek to have Commissioner's Court periodically meet in other communities such as Idalou, Shallowater and Slaton so we bring county government to the people.
Campaign Phone (806) 928-1572
Email for public contact:
Education Graduated Coronado High School 1980 Attended Wayland Baptist University
I am finishing my eight year on the Lubbock City Council. Serving has taught me how government thinks and how it operates. I’ve been through eight budget seasons and have learned where to find the waste and what is a “want” and what is a “need.” I have also experienced how critical our fight is against drug dealers.
Budget - along with the Auditor, planning and administering the budget year around. Public Safety - this includes county law enforcement, jail and funding the courts. Roads also are a matter of public safety. Judicial responsibilities - uncontested probate and guardianship and the administration of these duties. Serve as head of emergency management. Works closely with emergency management coordinator. Many administrative functions in the county
Accountability and availability are the most important qualities necessary for the County Judge to be spokesperson. The County Judge must be ready and willing to answer the hard questions about county business. This implies being involved with and understanding every facet of Lubbock County. My record is one of accountability and availability. When people ask tough questions, I'm there to answer them.
First, you can return your calls promptly. As a councilwoman I consider constituent questions and problems to be first priority in my day. You can also make yourself available to the media. I believe accountability demands accessibility. People depend on social media for much of their information today. This is an efficient way to communicate. You can expect me to be more accessible than past County Judges.
Campaign Phone (806) 544-4255
Email for public contact:
Education JD, Texas Tech University School of Law, 2007; BA, Texas Tech University, 2004
As an attorney, my legal practice focuses on Guardianships, Probates and Contracts, the areas of law needed as County Judge. I have legislative experience and have worked with county governments. As a business owner and community leader, I am able to provide leadership and vision in meeting the needs of our growing county.
Seventy-five percent of the duties of County Judge is judicial; presiding over all guardianships, probates and mental health hearings. The County Judge serves as the presiding officer of the Commissioners Court, overseeing the county's budget and tax rate. The County Judge serves as the Emergency Management Director for the county. The County Judge represents the county at the city, state and federal levels, and has other administrative duties.
The County Judge is the voice for the people of Lubbock County and must be an effective communicator. It begins with listening to the people and representing their interests at all levels of government. As a certified mediator, I am trained in listening to all sides and communicating their interests. These skills are essential in making the County Judge an effective and knowledgeable communicator, and make me uniquely qualified for this office.
I am a strong believer in open, transparent, and accountable government. Accountability begins with accessibility to constituents. As County Judge, I will be responsive to individuals through social media, town hall meetings, and citizens groups, listening to issues and concerns for all the communities of Lubbock County. As County Judge, I will bring a strong work ethic, maintaining high standards of judicial and personal conduct.