The Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1 Place 2, election will be settled after the Republican primary.
Incumbent Mike Little is challenged by Robert Woodruff, who says he's wanted the position since graduating from college and has been working as a Wichita Falls Police Officer for more than a dozen years to prepare himself for the job.
“I was a juvenile detective, I was a misdemeanor detective and those experiences and training that I got fits great with the J.P. because one of their responsibilities is to sign search and arrest warrants. When you are a detective you have to know what exactly goes into those to make them legal,” said Woodruff.
Judge Little also spent more than a dozen years in the Wichita Falls PD but says the last 20 years spent serving as Justice of the Peace, presiding over thousands of trials, is what gives him the upper hand on this race.
“I figure people in this community want an experienced judge hearing their cases and knows the law and is familiar with it and of course they have spent a lot of money training me,” said Little.
Both candidates see the position as an opportunity to reach out and help the community's youth.
“Help the kids who are starting out on the wrong track and get them turned around and get them going in the proper direction,” said Woodruff.
“Truancy was something that really wasn't addressed before I got here. We've pulled thousands of kids off the streets, we've put them back into school, they have high school diplomas, they've got that start and so many of them have become productive tax paying citizens and I am proud of that,” said Little.
That program and many other projects he says that he's still not done with.
“We are now just getting our online filing getting that started to go paperless, and you can't completely go paperless and I initiated that a couple years ago ,” Little continued.
And though Judge Little is not willing to give up his seat, Woodruff says now's the time for someone new.
“I hope that people are looking for a change, looking for a new fresh face, with some new fresh ideas. But, I do realize trying to unseat an incumbent of 20 years is going to be very difficult,” said Woodruff.
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