Republican Susan Moore, who was elected in 2012 to fill an unexpired term, will once again run for the Precinct 1 position. Republican Steve Kennedy will seek re-election in Precinct 2, where he has held the JP position for seven years.
“I have enjoyed serving Goliad County for the past year and want to continue,” Moore said in a statement to the Advance-Guard. “During the past year, I have completed 120 hours of new judges training as required by the state. I have also had additional training on inquests and legislative updates. Our civil and criminal dockets are up to date with no backlog.”
Moore said she will continue to promote transparency and communication with the public.
“I have an open-door policy and welcome folks to drop in with questions or concerns,” Moore said. “I am a full-time justice of the peace as promised.”
Kennedy said he has coordinated efforts with Goliad ISD and Goliad County Sheriff’s Office during his seven-year tenure.
“I work closely with administrators of Goliad Independent School District to help prevent student truancy, dropouts and disruptive activities on campus,” Kennedy said in a statement provided to the Advance-Guard. “I have been able to impose innovative sanctions for these offenses with the help of GISD administrators. The county attorney has been instrumental in assisting my court actions involving the youth of our county.
“I have worked closely with the Goliad Sheriff’s Department by being readily available for various criminal and civil processes such as issuing warrants, commitment orders, magistrations and other duties. I, along with the other judges, make sure one of us magistrate those arrested early every day. This is done to help keep the jail population down.”
Kennedy and Moore were approved pay increases from $34,692 to $42,872 by the commissioners court in August. But the raises were rescinded when the 2014 budget was approved in October.
Filing for candidacy begins Nov. 9 and ends Dec. 9. The primary elections will be held March 4 and the general election will be Nov. 4, 2014.