In announcing his candidacy for Justice of the Peace Precinct 1, Danny Campbell said he has been involved in the funeral business for more than 40 years. He also was a sergeant in the police department for many years, and at one time, he served as Precinct 1 JP following the death of Judge Vaughn Deaton.
“I was very proud of how we updated the justice of the peace office at that time,” he said. “The commisioners court and myself bought the first radar equipment for the use on the interstate. The first year, the income rose about $70,000. The extra income was wonderful for the county.
“I believe I can bring with me the past experience I had in the office and also the years of experience working with people who have lost a loved one. When someone loses a person they love very much, you have to reach out to people and try your best to help them. As in the JP office, you find yourself helping married couples who have difficulties in their marriages, leading to possibly a peace bond hearing,” Campbell continued. “And then one job the justice of the peace has is a very difficult job and that being the coroner for the precinct — pronouncing the cause of death can be very difficult. Terrible wrecks, drowning, suicide and being in the funeral business I see these types of deaths.”
Campbell said he has a number of “good years of experience” in business and practical experience working with people.
“The justice of the peace court is the people's court. Everyone who comes to the court is not automatically guilty,” he said. “I found that there is always two sides to a story, and you must be able to sit and listen to both sides and make a lawful decision. One important thing is making sure the defendant is given his rights and listen to his side. Justice must be served in a fair and legal manner.”
Campbell was born and raised in Sulphur Springs, his great, great grandfather, Hamilton Crockett Campbell, came to Texas from Campbellville, Tenn.
“I attended the local school system and served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War,” he said. “I am currently serving as a trustee of the City Cemetery Society. I am a licensed embalmer and licensed funeral director for the state of Texas.
He married the former Karla Gearner from Winnsboro in 1976. She worked at Hopkins County Memorial hospital as the registered dietician for 14 years and the Department of State Health services for 16 years. They are both members of St. James Catholic Church.
“I would also like to say that Judge King and Judge Glossup have done a wonderful job for our county. I have worked with them many times while being in the funeral business; they both have done a great job,” Campbell concluded.
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