|Job description||Trial court judge for civil cases (under $10,000) and misdemeanor criminal cases. Term is four years.|
|Duties||Handles small claims, tenant and eviction cases, debt claims, traffic tickets and other citations; officiates weddings.|
|Kenneth D. Sanders|
|Matt Hayes (incumbent)|
Note: Candidate answers are shown alphabetically by last name.
What is your current occupation? Educational background?
Kenneth Sanders: My educational background has provided me with a strong foundation for leadership. Growing up in Fort Worth, Texas, I spent my high school years at Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School. I was an active member of Youth in Government, which was the spark to my passion for public service. Afterwards, I was blessed to receive my Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Southern A&M University. Since my matriculation, I have worked with a few local companies such as GM and Lockheed Martin. Currently I have the privilege of working as an independent licensed insurance adjuster.
What experience makes you the best-qualified candidate for this office?
Kenneth Sanders: I believe that I am the most qualified candidate in this race. First , as measured by any objective metric, I have been active in this community long before this election cycle in comparison to my opponents. I have a clear understand of the issues that impact our community. I have been the Democratic Candidate during two previous election cycles. I have been on the front lines talking with a variety of people within our community. In the 2016 election cycle I worked as a paid staffer on the Bernie Sanders’ Presidential Campaign.
Secondly, I believe strongly in the Constitution of the United States, the Rule of Law and the American right to due process in court. Although we have the procedural safeguards, I realize that for many parties, the trial court will be their only opportunity for justice. I am passionate about public service and the administration of justice to improve the lives of the people within our community. I understand that people need fair and honest resolution to the difficulties that they may be faced with in civil disputes. I have the temperament essential in establishing a court room of procedural fairness and maintain proper decorum. A judge’s temperament is essential in establishing an atmosphere of procedural fairness. The American system of justice is the envy of the world and I would be proud and honored to contribute to that excellence as Justice of the Peace in Precinct 7.
Finally I consider myself to be a progressive candidate that has supported the Democratic Party with my time, my finances, and my voice. I have stuffed envelopes, made phone calls and block walked knocking on doors to get out the vote for Democratic and Progressive candidates.
What percentage of your campaign donations comes from individuals? What percentage comes from PACs?
Kenneth Sanders: My campaign is fully self funded to date. To date I have received no donations. Zero percentage of the money spent to date has come from PACs.
As a Justice of the Peace, do you plan to perform weddings? What factors would you consider before performing a wedding ceremony?
Kenneth Sanders: As one of the fundamental duties of a Justice of the Peace, I do plan to perform all lawful weddings. As long as the parties meet the legal requirements for marriage, I will carry out my duty as a Justice of the Peace. In my lifetime I have experienced bias based on qualities that I cannot change. I will ensure every person, regardless of gender, religion, race, wealth, sexual orientation, or political affiliation, has access a fair and impartial judicial process, up to and including the right to marry who they love.