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February 16, 2014

MEET THE CANDIDATE: Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace candidate Greg Martin

The WD recently sent questionnaires to the candidates in contested county races in the March 4 primary elections. The candidates were asked to provide background information and answers, in 300 words or less, to questions posed to them. Early voting begins Feb. 18. Today we look at the four Republican primary candidates for Justice of the Peace, Pct. 3. There is no Democratic opponent.

Name: Gregory Martin

Age: 53

Occupation: businessman

Family: Married with six children; nine grandchildren.

Educational background: Bachelor of Arts in Marketing; MBA in Executive Management; film/cinema director and line producer; and Juris Doctor. Various awards and continuing education certifications earned.

Professional affiliations or memberships: North Texas Crime Commission, InfraGuard, Homeland Security, Film and TV Professionals, CEO and professional golfer.

Community involvement: confidant/chaplain to law enforcement, military actors and professional athletes. Formerly a professional golfer and evangelist to professional golfers on the PGA and Buy.com Tours 1993-2003

What will be your top three priorities if elected justice of the peace and what steps will you take to achieve those goals?

I will utilize the federal court model of mediation and arbitration to settle court cases. The federal courts settle 95 percent of the cases presented, according to Federal Magistrate Jeffery Cureton, in Fort Worth. Using this model of case settlement will allow me and my staff the ability to clear up cases sooner, creating a better end result for both plaintiff and defendant. It will also save a great deal of money and time for all involved, including Parker County.

I will create a means for plaintiffs and defendants to better comprehend the legal system by developing a concise road map to understanding the JP court, whether represented by legal counsel or pro se. Legal education is not legal advice. No court provides legal advice; however, judges generally provide explanations on how and why they are ruling a particular way, by citing case law. I believe that by making legal education accessible for all – the courts and people of Parker County will greatly benefit.

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