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Williamson County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2

General Election: November 6, 2018Early Voting: October 22 - November 2, 2018

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    Audrey Amos-McGehee
    (Dem)

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    Edna Staudt
    (Rep)

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Biographical Information

Explain why you would make a fair and impartial Justice of the Peace?

What are the resource needs of the office of Justice of the Peace?

How will you improve the services of the Justice of the Peace?

Background I am a retired State of Texas employee; lifelong community activist; former volunteer with Center for Battered Women; Seedling Foundation and CASA.
Education Graduate Taylor High School; Clerical School; Certified Project Manager - UT Software Quality Institute; Certified Mediator Dispute Resolution Center
I was born and raised in Taylor, Texas during the Jim Crow Era. I’ve experienced what it’s like to be marginalized. I was raised with the principles of Christianity, education, hard work and respect for the law even if the law does not respect you. During the Civil Rights Era I learned I had the same rights and privileges as all Americans. I began to speak out and not tolerate injustices against me or anyone else. I prioritize people over profit. Everyone has the right to be treated with respect and dignity. I will work to level the playing field and provide justice for all and not “just us”.
Some of the resource needs are: experienced staffing; up to date technological hardware and software; up-to-date technology in the court room; and adequate training in all job-related duties including diversity.
Diversity is extremely important in the JP court. The court system can operate from a more people centric focus by: criminal justice reform with programs based on individual’s circumstances; ending school-to-prison pipeline by implementing intervention programs; fair and reasonable fines and bonds; assessing community service in lieu of fines and bonds; establishing community-oriented courts by modifying court hours to meet the need of the working public; providing accessibility and transparency through technology applications that capture the demographics of how cases are adjudicated.
Background Native of Austin, Texas, married with 6 children and 12 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
I am a fair and impartial Justice because I believe all people are created equal by God. God’s commandment is to love Him with all our heart, soul, and mind, and to love others, as we do ourselves. I love the Lord and I love others. Therefore, I treat everyone with the same respect dignity, patience, and kindness. I choose to make decisions based solely on the facts and circumstances of a situation.
.The Commissioner’s Court allocates funds for personnel, training, equipment, facility, and supplies, however, resources are provided by the community. Resources are needed to address juvenile bullying, depression, drug addiction, alcohol abuse, and financial crisis. Resources are needed for community service opportunities, alcohol classes, alternative education, anger management, and drug rehabilitation facilities. Civic organizations, businesses, non-profits, school administrations, and individual citizens provide these resources. I have also created programs to address issues.
To improve services I will utilize the latest technology. Additional programs will be added that address current issues. I will continue to require professional, & trained staff, be accessible, transparent, and diligent in the administration of Justice.