• • • ELECTION 2006 • • •
          Editor’s Note: Early voting in the Democratic and Republican party primaries begins Tuesday, Feb. 21. In Hopkins County, there are only two contested races for party nominations, both in the Democratic Party primary. Seeking the post of Hopkins County Treasurer are Jim Rooks and Treva Watson (outgoing treasurer Betty Bassham announced her plans to retire last year). In the running for Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace are incumbent Yvonne King and challenger Demetra Robinson.
          To help voters become better acquainted with the candidates, the News-Telegram submitted questionnaires to the candidates covering a variety of subjects, from family background to stands on the issues. These are their responses.

Demetra Robinson
Democratic Party Candidate for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1

Family information:

Daughter of Rev. Dave K. and Joyce Epting Young and the granddaughter of the late Mr. Preston and Jessie Mae Lewis Epting of Sulphur Springs, and of the late Mr. Jerry and Pearlena Hollie Handley of Dallas. I am the wife of John "Bubba" Robinson. Our children are Ashley, Jeremy ("JJ") and Derrick, and two children of my heart, Zachary and Deon.

Why are you seeking this office? 

Because God led me to.

What are your qualifications?

I worked a total of five years for Hopkins County, first at the county attorney's office, then for the 8th Judicial District Community Supervision and Corrections Department [adult probation]. In 2000, I began working for the Commerce Municipal Court. I served as the court clerk/associate judge for three years and have been serving as the presiding municipal judge for the past two years.

Please identify what you consider the three most significant areas of interest, need or concern in the office you are seeking:

1. First of all, I believe that individuals should be treated fairly and respectfully. Social stature should not matter, finances should not matter, race should not matter. A judge should and is required to be fair, impartial and unbiased at all times.

2. Lack of understanding of the law is also a problem. When people are given incorrect information, or if they simply do not understand the proceedings, they feel helpless.

3. I believe Hopkins County is a great county, but just as we don't want to go back, we don't want to look back, either. We must push forward in order for us to achieve all that God would have us to achieve. Maintaining the status quo is not an option.

If elected, how would you work to address these concerns?

By making sure justice is done. In Commerce, I'm known for being firm, meaning anyone that comes before me that is found to be guilty is held accountable for his or her actions. But they will leave my office with their self-respect intact. I would do this by not just making a ruling, but also by explaining the ruling so that whoever is before me understands the reasoning behind the ruling. I believe that people want justice. A person may not necessarily agree with the decision being made, but if they are treated respectfully and also given the reason behind the ruling, they will walk away with their dignity and also with an understanding of the law as it applies to their situation.

Please provide a short statement about your candidacy:

If you refuse to believe anything else about me, believe that God is the one that called me to run this race. And I must be obedient to Him. Also know that although my experience as a judge has been in the municipal court, which primarily deals with Class C misdemeanors, my varied experience with the Hopkins County attorney's office and the adult probation department has given me experience in dealing with offenses at multiple levels. Finally, I ask that before you cast your vote on March 7, you will pray and ask for direction. Do I want your vote? Do I want this position? I do, and if it is God's will, I will have it. My desire for you is to be led by the Holy Spirit just as I am led. May God bless each of you.

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