After 26 years in education, Tommy Barnett wants to represent the citizens of Pct. 5 as their full-time justice of the peace.

Barnett, 56, is a man who talks straight, treats people right and will bring strength and integrity to the office of justice of the peace.

The Cross Roads native, in his tenure in education, has served as an agriculture teacher, special education teacher and as a high school principal. All of his years in education have been at Cross Roads High School except for a year at Malakoff Junior High.

He and his wife Dorothy have been married for over 20 years and reside in Cross Roads. Barnett credits much of his success to his ethics and character instilled by his parents, Brink and Sue Barnett. A graduate of Malakoff High School, he received his BS degree from Sam Houston State University in 1974 and received his MEd degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1995.

As an agriculture teacher, Barnett is very involved in the Henderson County Livestock Show. He is also an active member in the Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas, as well as a member of the Henderson County Go Texan Committee. Barnett is very proud of his many awards including the VATAT Distinguished Service Award, the HCLS Woodrow Walker Memorial Award, Friend of 4-H and Partner in 4-H Awards. He has also been honored as Cross Roads High School Teacher of the Year.

Barnett feels his education, fiscal responsibility, knowledge of juvenile and family law, character and work ethic will make him the right choice for the office of justice of the peace. His pledge to you is to work hard and decide impartially on every item brought before him. Barnett is asking for your support on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

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