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Williamson County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2

Primary Election: March 6, 2018Early Voting: February 20 - March 2, 2018
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    Edna Staudt (Rep) Justice of the Peace

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    Bronson Tucker (Rep) Director of Curriculum, Texas Justice Court Training Center

  • Jonasu Wagstaff (Dem)

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What are your qualifications for the position of Justice of the Peace?

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Background Native of Austin, Texas, married with 6 children and 10 grandchildren. Justice of the Peace for 23 years. Community Involvement/prior Business owner
Education Texas State University- 500 certified hrs Civil & Criminal law /prior licensed Real Estate & Mortgage Broker/ Business Owner/Graduate Business College
My primary qualification is my successful experience with the JP court, law enforcement agencies, school districts, and the community for the last 23 years. I have officiated thousands of criminal and civil cases, administrative hearings, and death inquests.
The Commissioner’s Court provides the funds for personnel, training, equipment, facility, and supplies. My greatest resource has been volunteer citizens. They assist with mentoring, teen court training, counseling, and other essential programs. This will continue to be an integral part of the administration of this office.
To improve services I will utilize the latest technology and continue to require personal, professional, & trained staff. I will continue to be accessible and transparent. I will be diligent in the administration of Justice.
Background After graduating law school, I worked in landlord-tenant law for two years before joining TJCTC in 2004. Proudest of my two daughters, Audrey & Norah!
Education JD from the University of Texas School of Law in 2002, BA in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma in 1999
With the Texas Justice Court Training Center, I have trained thousands of judges, clerks and constables on the law and procedures that apply to Texas justices of the peace. Judges across the state, as well as the Texas Supreme Court, the Texas Legislature, the Texas Association of Counties, the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, and more have used me as an expert resource on justice of the peace issues. Importantly, I am capable of providing leadership where needed, as well as collaborating and providing support to other officials across the county.
A justice court needs a judge who knows the law and is willing to follow the law instead of their personal feelings about what the law should be. Additionally, court personnel must know the law and apply it correctly, and walk the tightrope of providing excellent customer service while avoiding giving legal advice. Justices of the peace frequently deal with the disadvantaged, so community resources are also critical. To help with this, I will implement the SHINE Foundation, which allows juveniles and indigent criminal defendants to improve themselves while improving the community we all share.
Despite an exponentially growing population, criminal case filings dropped over 90% from 2012-2017. Law enforcement is no longer able to trust the process and that the law will actually be followed in this court. This will change on January 1, 2019 if I am elected. Also, I will utilize technology to improve efficiency and transparency of the court. Finally, as the only attorney in the race, I am the only candidate who would be able to issue search warrants to test the blood of individuals when there is probable cause that they have committed DWI or related offenses, improving public safety.
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