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As an investigator for the Walker County Sheriff’’s Office, I have experience on the law enforcement side of criminal justice. But more than that, I have both experience and a lifelong commitment to public service and community involvement.

While working in the Sheriff’s Office has been extremely gratifying to me, I look forward to serving as Precinct 4 justice of the peace fairly, justly and with respect.

Conservative leadership is important in our community. I have served conservatively in my job and lived conservatively with my family. I will continue to do so as your justice of the peace. There will be no wasteful spending in my office and I am a proven problem solver.

Everyone in your county government should be committed to these principles. I am.

The Texas Constitution defined the role of the justice of the peace in the 1800s. They were added to local government so that the people would have a lower court system in which to settle their differences and seek restitution. That is how the justices of the peace offices became the people’s court.

As such, I believe it will be my responsibility as JP to help citizens by eliminating as much bureaucracy as possible and offer them common-sense decision-making, while following the rules that govern the courts. I’m convinced that both are crucial to keeping the JP courts accessible and functional to the people of the precinct.

My approach on the bench will be no different than my approach to law enforcement — to be fair and honest. Throughout my career, I have always been respectful to all with whom I come into contact and that includes in any conflict resolution.

Further, I will continue to be fair and honest with the youth in our community, as they are our most vulnerable and impressionable residents. Any youth with issues in my courtroom will be met with considerate, yet deliberate guidelines. They deserve attention and guidance.

I’m certainly no politician, so fortunately I don’t see this position as a political one, but more as a call to service. Therefore, I will continue to provide the same effective commitment to detail that I have in the past with conservative leadership, back-to-the-basics thinking and a fair and honest approach to every situation.

I live in Precinct 4 on the south end of Huntsville with my wife, Angie, and our two daughters and we attend Bethel Baptist Church. I am a longtime resident and have worked heavily in the New Waverly and Precinct 4 area as a sheriff’s deputy and now as a senior detective.

I consider myself fortunate to be liked and respected by the many people in the community with whom I have worked. I regularly volunteer as the Crimestoppers assistant coordinator and the Walker County Sheriff’s Office American Cancer Society Relay for Life team captain.

As your justice of the peace, I will insure that the office staff is customer-service based, well-trained and knowledgeable about their responsibilities. I have spent time with several justices of the peace to learn more about the job and look into areas in which I might better serve the residents of Walker County through the JP office and court.

As a team, we will work as efficiently as possible so that your time and resources are not wasted, should you need our services.

I would appreciate your consideration and your vote in this race for justice of the peace of Precinct 4. I welcome any questions you may have and hope that you will let me know if you do. My email address is arcole20@gmail.com.