Those who proceed pro se in justice of the peace court have found it very difficult at times to adjust to standards and protocols of the court. The state improved that, through utilizing the model adapted previously in federal court. My intention is to simplify and keep the court docket as clear as possible, while attempting to meet or exceed the standard of federal court where 95 percent of cases are settled and do not go to trial.
Why are you the best candidate for the position?
I am the only candidate of the four possessing 35 years of hands-on business experience. In 1979, at age 18, I formed my first company. My attorney, Don Leonard, later became a judge in Texas. My mom was his legal secretary in the 1980s.
Currently, I oversee two companies and face challenges in various business situations requiring me to represent myself or my companies in court and/or mediation. Being the son of an Army Green Beret, I understand hard work. My first job was at a golf course. I was also a radio air personality, simultaneously. I’m no stranger to long hours and hard work.
If elected, everyone coming into the court will be treated fairly. I believe I am the best candidate because of my broad experiences. Notwithstanding, I will be tough on crime. Having worked in conjunction with law enforcement since 1984, not as a paid police officer, sheriff’s deputy or prosecutor, but as a consultant assisting law enforcement and three-letter agencies, I understand the criminal and civil side of law. My business partner was with the Department of Justice and his job was to chase narcotics dealers around the world and bring them to justice, along with their assets. He also worked for U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. My career assessment 10 years ago indicated that judge was my number one career aptitude.
With a wide range of experiences in business, and law, and possessing the knowledge critical to being a successful justice of the peace, I believe that my ability to adapt during my years of business which includes movies, radio, and golf manufacturing, will be a great asset. As a former residential/commercial real estate investor, I understand legal matters pertaining to business and personal disputes.