My husband Terry and I have been proud members of the Washington County community for over 25
years. In those years we have seen four of our children graduate from Washington County schools
and I am pleased to say that 3 have gone on to graduate from Texas A&M.
As an active member of this community, I had the privilege of serving on the Burton ISD school board
as Vice President. I am a long-time supporter of the youth involved in the Washington County Fair
and numerous other non-profits, specifically Camp for All, Faith Mission, Washington County Boys and
Girls Club, Adam's Angels, and both Burton ISD and Brenham ISD sports and educational activities.
In 1997, my husband and I became business owners; we have owned and operated J&J Packing Company
for 17 years to the present.
In 2008 I made the decision to run for the position of Justice of the Peace Precinct Four. Why? Because
of my lifelong fascination with and love of the law. With that goal in mind and at the age of 50 something
I went back to college. I graduated from Blinn College in 2011 summa cum laude with an Associate Degree
in Criminal Justice. My education included a 200 hour internship with Justice of the Peace Precinct Four Judge
McCune. During the internship I learned how to perform the daily operations of a Justice of the Peace
from presiding over traffic court, inquests, and magistrate hearings to setting bond, civil disputes, issuing
warrants, and truancy court.
A Justice of the Peace wears many hats and they all have to fit in order to be an effective Judge. That fit comes
with education and demands continuing education (80 hours the first year and 20 hours per year thereafter),
reviewing, and applying the law with fairness and common sense. As the Justice of the Peace for Precinct 4,
I will strive to provide a fair-minded and common sense approach in cases with the Justice court, as well as
an accessible, positive and open door atmosphere to the office. I would lean on my business-owner hat
of 17 years' experience of making decisions that affect over 40 individuals to decisions affecting one individual.
They are equally important when it involves someone's livelihood. I want to continue to partner and support
the community through this office with the concerns and issues affecting the citizens of Precinct Four.
Most importantly, I want to continue to meet the excellent standards expected of the Justice of the Peace
in Washington County.