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February 14, 2014

Q&A: The race for Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace

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What training or experience has prepared you to do this job? In what areas do you expect to need additional training or education?

An effective justice of the peace requires competence in the law, good judicial demeanor and temperament, communication skills, management and administrative abilities, moral integrity, civic involvement and a sense of humor. 

As stated previously, I have 180 hours of Justice Court Training narrowly tailored to the duties and types of cases a JP handles: traffic offenses and Class C misdemeanors, criminal procedure, rules of (civil) practice in Justice Court, evictions, magistration, arrest and search warrants, bond conditions for DWI and family violence cases, tow hearings, personal property and animal seizures, mental health commitments, bond forfeitures, occupational licenses, administrative appeals, failure to attend school, OCA collection requirements, judicial ethics, and numerous other specialty areas.

In addition, I have a law degree, 29 years of experience in handling simple and complex litigation of all types, business and organizational skills acquired from being an owner of an established law firm, and experience in operating a 300 cow/calf operation for 16 years. 

I also have extensive experience in volunteering for and leading local nonprofit groups without controversy.

If re-elected, I will continue to keep abreast of legislative changes and case law updates, will avail myself of relevant educational opportunities, and will continue to be actively involved in my community.   

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Name: Bernard R. Suchocki

Age: 71

Occupation: trial attorney

Family: My wife, Connie Givens Suchocki, is a former school teacher and Aledo ISD trustee. We have been happily married for 46 years and we have been Parker County residents for the last 25 years. Our son is Bernard “Chip” Suchocki Jr., a firefighter, and our daughter is Amy Suchocki Cleveland, who is employed by a defense contractor. We have four granddaughters: Savannah, Caroline, Elizabeth and Macy.

Educational background: JD Doctor of Jurisprudence; graduate courses in mathematics; bachelor of science degree in Physics and Mathematics.

Professional affiliations or memberships: lifelong conservative Republican; member of the Apollo XIII mission operations team; Presidential Medal of Freedom Award to the Apollo XIII Mission Operations Team; United States Supreme Court and United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, participant; board-certified personal injury trial lawyer; Texas State Bar; Texas State Bar, Litigation Section; United States District Court for the Northern, Eastern, Western and Southern Districts of Texas.

Community involvement: public service speaker for the last 25 years regarding the Apollo program and the “Success of Apollo 13.” Such presentations include graphics-rich video, personal text messages from Apollo astronauts and memorabilia flown in space and taken to the lunar surface. I have made local presentations to local and area students and the following organizations:  Stuard Elementary, McAnally Intermediate, Mary Martin Elementary, S.H. Crowley Intermediate, Crowley L. Davis Elementary, Davis Learning Center, Ruth Cherry Elementary, Wayside Middle School and teachers at Mary Martin Elementary;

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