Job descriptionTrial court judge for civil cases (under $10,000) and misdemeanor criminal cases. Term is four years.
DutiesHandles small claims, tenant and eviction cases, debt claims, traffic tickets and other citations; officiates weddings.
Annual salary$118,478

Who’s Running?

Kenneth D. Sanders


Email: kensand@hotmail.com
Democrat
Matt Hayes (incumbent)

https://www.votehayes.org
FB: JudgeMattHayes/
Twitter: @JudgeHayes
Republican

Candidate Q&A

Note: Answers to questions will appear as they are received from the candidates. (Also, some answers may be from questions asked during the primary races.)

1. WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION OR MOST RECENT OCCUPATION BEFORE BECOMING JUSTICE OF THE PEACE? WHAT IS YOUR EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND?
Kenneth D. Sanders Answer:
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.
Matt Hayes Answer:
2. WHAT EXPERIENCES DO YOU HAVE THAT MAKE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Kenneth D. Sanders Answer:
I believe I am the best qualified candidate because I have a heart for people and I am a problem solver. I believe in the Constitution and the Rule of Law. Yet real justice takes place with balance, fair, and a genuine view of the needs of the people that come before it.

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.
Matt Hayes Answer:
3. AS A JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, WOULD OR DO YOU PERFORM WEDDINGS? WHAT FACTORS DO YOU CONSIDER BEFORE PERFORMING A WEDDING CEREMONY?
Kenneth D. Sanders Answer:
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.
Matt Hayes Answer: