Sid Metcalf doesn’t want your money. He just wants your vote.

The retired TDCJ facilities employee is seeking the Republican nomination for Precinct 1 justice of the peace.

In an interesting change of policy for a politician, Metcalf is not accepting any campaign contributions whatsoever, and has decided to fund his own campaign. He said the reason for this is so no one will be able to question whether or not campaign contributions contribute to his decisions.

“One of the main reasons is, I don’t think a judge should be biased by his constituents or any people that come before his court,” Metcalf said. “I don’t want people to wonder if the decision that I make is influenced by a contribution.

“It’s hard enough in a small community not to have somebody that you know come before you. You have to have the utmost ethical background or standards to keep any impropriety away from your administration.”

Metcalf insists while he is running against incumbent and fellow Republican Janie Hartnett Farris, he has no intention of slighting her or the job she is doing. He simply has some goals in mind and some things he wants to accomplish from the courtroom.

“I have an agenda I want to put forth for the office. I want to do more than just being a JP,” Metcalf said. “I want to work with the youth, I want to work with victims of domestic violence, I want to be visible in the schools and work with the people in the schools.

“It’s something that this community needs, not so much that it needs it from just me, but it needs it from all our elected officials. We need to give back to our community more than we have taken out.”

Metcalf said if elected, one of his concerns will be the schools, and specifically, the young people inside them.

“I don’t want to be there just for them to see me,” Metcalf said. “I want to work with drug awareness programs, teenage pregnancy and new mother programs and with the anger management programs. I want to relate to the kids and be visible to them as a judge, so when they might meet a judge or be brought before a judge, they won’t be so intimidated. They will know he’s a human just like they are.”

After retiring from TDCJ, Metcalf began working at Huntsville Funeral Home, where he is currently employed. He and his wife, Gayle, have been married for 41 years. They stay busy with three children and seven grandchildren.

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