Kerry Crews is the Republican candidate seeking election to Hunt County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 position. 

QUESTION 1: Please summarize your background and accomplishments as a businessperson, civic leader, and/or elected official. 

ANSWER: My background has been in public service for almost 30 years, mostly law enforcement.  I served as police chief for the city of Commerce for 14 years with a total of 28 years of service.  I have also served as interim city manager and interim fire chief on a few occasions. Being police chief, I had the opportunity to lead a department of 23 employees.  I prepared and manage a budget of 1.2 million dollars and assisted with preparing the entire city budget.  I worked with the community to determine their policing needs and focused our department in providing those needs.

Q2. Please specifically describe your goals and top priorities if you are elected.

ANSWER: My most important goal as Justice of the Peace office is becoming knowledgeable of all aspects of the position.  There are many different types of cases that a JP can hear. As a new JP my top priority will be to learn each one and become proficient so I will be able to make appropriate rulings. I have begun learning by studying material from the JP training center to try and familiarize myself with what all a JP is responsible for.  Education is another top priority.

Q3. What do you see as the most challenging role(s) of a JP, and in what way are you uniquely or most qualified for that role? 

ANSWER: The role of a JP is challenging in and of itself.  The JP court is the people’s court.  It’s an outlet for citizens to have their voice heard in a judicial setting.  With the wide array of issues that can be brought to a Justice Court, I feel that I can bring the ability to listen and make an informed decision as to how to solve their problem in a professional, fair and impartial manner.  

Q4. What, if anything, do you plan to bring to the position of JP that it has lacked (or needed more of) previously?

ANSWER: I have worked closely with Precinct 2 Justice Court throughout my law enforcement career.  I am not aware of anything this office is lacking.  Judge Reeves has been an excellent JP for many years.  She is professional, knowledgeable and has done an outstanding job.  I am currently an Associate Judge with the City of Commerce and Judge Reeves has helped me tremendously in that role.  I have the upmost respect for her and her office.  I want to maintain a professional atmosphere so that citizens are comfortable coming in and taking care of the issue(s) at hand.

Q5. What do you want voters to know about you that you do not believe they may be aware of? 

ANSWER: I have been a part of precinct 2 in Hunt County for quite a while.  I began my career with Commerce Police Department in 1991.  Since I graduated high school I have been in public service, whether it was EMS, Fire or Law Enforcement.  I love to help people.  I want the voters to know that I am a public servant and I look forward to being your next Justice of the Peace. I am married and have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.  Hunt County, and Commerce is home to me and my family.

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