• • • 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.

Yvonne King
Democratic Party Candidate for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1

Family information:

I am the wife of Roy W. King, loan officer at City National Bank. We have been married for 20 years and together have six children and nine grandchildren, including Star Nuckolls, who passed away last February. Delores Miller and the late James E. Miller are my wonderful parents, and my sweet mother-in-law is Lucille King of Brashear.

I am a 6th generation of the Miller family in Hopkins County and the third of four children; Jerry Miller, Rodney Miller and younger sister Tonya Ross. We were all raised on the family farm in Reilly Springs and were members of the Reilly Springs Baptist Church. Later, as a teen-ager, we moved our membership to First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs, where we are still active members and I have been the Sunday school department secretary for many years.

Roy and I have registered Brangus cattle and enjoy operating a cow/calf operation on our farm. We have great families and friends whom we love to entertain at our home in Reilly Springs.

Why are you seeking this office?

This is my eighth year as Hopkins County Justice of the Peace, and I love my job. I want to continue running an efficient and successful office as I have done for two terms. I am on call 24 hours a day for inquests [death calls], search warrants, emergency detentions, and I stand by my record. I will continue to serve justice in a fair and honest court, learn new laws and help people on a daily basis. Our county is fortunate to have elected officials that work well together for the betterment of the citizens. With my dedication to this office, I will go above and beyond the call of duty to do my part.

What are your qualifications?

My experience as a successful judge in this office and the willingness to continue to serve the people of Hopkins County makes me the most qualified candidate. I understand the judicial system and will continue to strive to stay on top of the current changes in the law. My record on hot check collections, civil and criminal courts, juvenile hearings and adjudication, conducting inquests, failure to attend school cases, timely evictions, issuing felony warrants and hiring efficient clerks all qualify me to continue serving Hopkins County.

I have continued my education with the Texas Justice Court Training Center through Texas State University, taking approximately 200 hours of continued education. With my training and experience on the bench, I have accomplished many goals. My experiences in daily life struggles and raising kids has educated me with common sense to deal with adults and kids that find themselves in difficult situations. I believe it is important to handle each case on an individual basis.

I have been on the North Texas Justice of the Peace and Constables Association Board of Directors for the past six years and have been fortunate to be associated with some of the best judges in Texas. I also served on the ArkLaTex Council of Governments for five years to help Hopkins County receive any grants that met the qualifications.

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

1. Meet the needs and concerns of the people of Hopkins County in regards to the duties of my office and oversee my office budget in accordance with state and county laws.

2. Help educate the juveniles of Hopkins County in regards to driving safety, drug abuse, and alcohol and tobacco violations.

3. Diligently pursue the collection of hot checks for merchants and individuals, conduct fair civil and criminal court, inquests and all the duties of a magistrate.

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

Our youth is our future and their safety is our main concern. I will continue to educate juveniles and minors on Class C misdemeanors to help them keep their driving records clean. We give them the opportunity to attend Teen Court or defensive driving as provided by law if it applies to their case. My clerks are dedicated and diligent in collecting fines, but are also compassionate to our citizens.

While serving the people of Hopkins County as Justice of the Peace, I will continue my promise to render justice, magistrate warnings, collect hot checks and be fair to all concerned. My staff and I are dedicated to continue working for the citizens in each aspect of the office.

Please provide a short statement to voters about your candidacy.

The daily workload increases constantly in the Justice of the Peace office. I am very fortunate to have a hard working staff that is fair and diligent, and we will strive to better serve the people on a daily basis in "The People's Court." I think it is important for the J.P. One office to do our part. I enjoy working with the Commissioner's Court, other judges, elected officials and county employees. I stay within the budget that is given to me to do my part to help make Hopkins County government successful. Hopkins County has given a lot to me, and this is one way I can give back to my county. I would appreciate your consideration to re-elect me.

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