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Gillespie County Justice of the Peace Pct 4

Justice of the Peace Hears traffic and other Class C misdemeanor cases punishable by fine only. Hears civil cases with up to $10,000 in controversy. Hears landlord and tenant disputes. Hears truancy cases. Performs magistrate duties. Conducts inquests.
  • Esther Loth (Rep)

  • Carl Schoessow (Rep)

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What are your qualifications for the position of Justice of the Peace? (limit 75 words)

What are the most important duties and responsibilities of the Justice of the Peace and how would you prioritize them? (limit 75 words)

What are the most pressing problems facing this office and how do you propose to handle them? (limit 75 words)

Campaign Phone (830) 992-0134
Email for public contact
Mailing Address 103 Broadmoor FBG, TX 78624
I took paralegal courses at Houston Community Colle, received BS degree in Criminal Justice/Public Administration from Liberty University. Secretary of Fredericksburg Volunteer Police Support. Volunteer translator for law enforcement and health organizations. Served internship with local attorney researching and preparing cases. Lifelong interest in law and law enforcement.
To help keep the peace as in the early days of Texas history. From public safety issues down to civil disagreements between neighbors, depending on the severity of the problem and the urgency for relief. Be accountable for fines and fees collected, and always be ready for unscheduled calls to duty.
German speaking people, in particular Austrians, had a major influence on the history of Mexico. This is still evident today in their names, such as Rodolfo, Martinez, etc. According to the 2010 Gillespie county US census, 20% or 1 in 5 residents were of Hispanic origin; however, none of the Gillespie county judges today are. Therefore, in all fairness, Hispanics should be represented too.
Campaign Phone (830) 997-9776
Email for public contact
Mailing Address 105 W. San Antonio Fredericksburg, Texas 78624
Fax 830-997-1540
I am serving my 27th year as Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2. I have been a licensed attorney since 1975. As Justice of the Peace, I issue search warrants, arrest warrants, and blood draw search warrants; handle emergency protective orders, mental commitments, and inquests; conduct criminal and juvenile magistration; preside over both non-jury and jury criminal and civil trials; prepare budgets, county and state mandatory reports and manage court personnel.
All of the duties and responsibilities listed above are equally important. A Justice of the Peace must be fair and impartial to all who appear before the court, must listen carefully to the evidence and arguments presented by the parties and/or their attorneys, and then rule according to law. A Justice of the Peace must be available to handle the multiple responsibilities and duties of the position twenty-four hours a day.
As to my current office, I do not see any pressing problems. I feel the office is run efficiently and cases are handled in a timely manner. I keep informed of new legislation and higher court opinions and annually receive education and training which exceed mandatory requirements.