Special to the Review
The Athens Review
Randy Daniel has announced his candidacy for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1. Precinct 1 encompasses the City of Athens north of College Street, and the area bounded roughly between U.S. Highway 175 to near Eustace and State Highway 31 to near Murchison. Daniel is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary to be held on March 4.
Daniel was appointed by the Commissioner’s Court in November 2012 to fill the unexpired term of Judge Henry Ashford. Since being appointed Judge, Daniel has completed 80 hours of required training through the Texas Justice of the Peace and Constables Training Association and Texas State University in San Marcos.
“I pledged to the Commissioner’s Court during the interview process that I would be a full-time Justice of the Peace, and I believe I have fulfilled that promise,” said Daniel. “I do magistrations at the county jail 24 days out of each month, including holidays. The Justice Court is the court nearest to the people, and the voters deserve a Justice of the Peace who will be there when they need him.”
Daniel believes in adhering to the budget, and manages the taxpayers’ money conservatively.
“I appreciate the job that the Commissioner’s Court and Judge Sanders do in setting the budget for county departments, and I have worked to live within the budget set for the Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1 office,” said Daniel. “JP 1 Court has one clerk, and our volume of cases is growing. I have trained myself to work in the office, and many times answer the telephone and take payments from citizens, as well as presiding in court at hearings. The Justice Court can hear suits up to $10,000 for small claims or damages. They hear eviction suits, repair and remedy suits and debt claims (credit cards) suits.
“The Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Court also hears truancy cases filed by the local school district and I work with them to try and decrease the Truancy rate within the District.”
Daniel has served the community through the years as a member of the Athens Independent School District Board of Trustees, serving three years as President of the Board. He was elected to four terms as Mayor of the City of Athens, resigning to accept the Justice of the Peace appointment.
Daniel worked for 36 years at Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative, Inc. in Community Relations and management, before retiring in January of 2013. He is a member of the Athens Kiwanis Club and Masonic Lodge.
I ask for your vote and support in the upcoming primary election, and hope to be able to visit with many of the voters in the precinct before the election.
Daniel said he pledges to the voters to be fair, impartial and full-time, if elected to the office of Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1.