My name is Samantha Woods. I am seeking the Republican party’s nomination for Newton County Justice of the Peace in Precinct one.
I am an average, blue-collar worker in the oil and gas industry. Believer of America and the American Dream. I am a proud, Kirbyville High School graduate. I have been a Newton County resident for over ten years. I am married to a Newton County Native. We will celebrate our 10 year anniversary this upcoming March. We are currently building our forever home in Woods community.
I have met hundreds of people during my time working in the oil and gas industry. All from different walks of life and different socioeconomics statuses. A successful career in this industry, doesnt come easy, it is very competitive. Through it all, my husband has been my direct supervisor. If, like me, you are also married, you know what I mean when I say, I don’t think I could be any more humble than what I am now. Humility is a quality all judges should strive to have.
Mental and behavioral health is an issue our county has not been immune to. I obtained my CNA license while I was still a junior in high-school and and I took psychology courses in college. My prior education and prior work experience in the medical field will be an invaluable tool for me. I have first hand experience in assisting the most vulnerable people within the community. It was during that time where I gained experience in using advanced technology. This will allow me to bring a more productive, efficient, and transparent workflow to the JP court.
I believe limited-government is the best government. Yet, When it’s needed, it ought to be ready to serve the community. Access to the judicial system is a right and an expectation for every American. Inferior or inadequate access to court and legal services can not be an acceptable response to the needs of our community.
A leader shows their capabilities not by the way they handle issues they know are coming, but when they rise to the moment of crisis that they couldn’t plan for. From the devastating winter storm to Covid, our community has seen its better days. Yet, the last four years in precinct one JP court, less than 35% of the cases have gotten disposed. This should be of concern to you. You see, in order for ajustice system to work, residents must believe it will work. Otherwise, people will feel the need to take matters into their own hands. This often results in dire consequences for everyone involved.
We live in an era where we can get any kind of service- instantly. At worst, by the next day, with a few taps on our smartphones. It is inconceivable that the public will continue to accept the delays that are inherent in our current JP court structure. I am capable of bringing creative solutions to the justice court. Bringing it into the 21st century. Without squeezing more money out of our aging and shrinking tax base.