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Burnet County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace

Michael Horton

Michael Horton

Michael Horton

Age: 55

Education: Degree in criminal justice; 2,500-plus hours in criminal justice-related training and seminars; Master Texas Peace Officer license; 600-plus hours of judicial training seminars

Family: Married; three children

Experience: 23 years in law enforcement; 13 years as a private investigator; both criminal and civil law experience; trained in mental health recognition and evaluation; certified mediator

Party affiliation: Republican

What do you wish to accomplish?

I want to make the Justice Court more accessible to the public. How I plan to accomplish this is by creating a website that I link to the Burnet County website that will give step-by-step instruction of everything a citizen needs to do to file cases and/or complaints before the Justice Court. This should empower the citizens as well as streamline the court to make it much more effective and efficient. For those who do not have Internet access, then I will have a rack in the JP office that will have the same information for the public to come and get during office hours. I want to educate the public on what the Justice Court does and how it can serve the citizens of Burnet County.

Why are you the most qualified candidate?

I am fair and impartial. I have the most well-rounded experience. I have worked for both the prosecution and the defense in both civil and criminal cases. It gives me a sense of fairness because I can see both sides of the issues.  I am very knowledgeable about the law, the rules of law, elements of offenses and the practical application of the law. I am the only candidate that has a platform of how to make the JP office better and make the court more accessible to the public. I have the character, credibility, honesty, compassion, caring attitude, fairness and a true desire to serve the citizens of Burnet County.

Roxanne Nelson

Roxanne Nelson

Roxanne Nelson

Age: 57

Family: Married with three children and seven grandchildren

Education/Experience: Currently serving as Burnet County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace; associate judge for cities of Burnet and Granite Shoals; served as magistrate and indigent defense coordinator for Burnet County Jail from March 2010-November 2015

Party affiliation: Republican

What do you wish to accomplish?

My goal is to continue to implement changes to “The Peoples’ Court” to make information readily accessible in an easy-to-understand format. Working with my staff and the Burnet County Technology Department, we have already made major changes to our website in order to offer more online services such as eFile. This will allow the public to file claims with step-by-step instructions and links to legal assistance. The changes should provide personnel and cost-efficiency. Additionally, my office will be working with a third party vendor to actively seek collection of unpaid fines and fees due to the court. My staff and I are working with the Precinct 1 constable and the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office to upgrade software and equipment to more efficiently issue citations and track warrants. This will aid law enforcement officers on the street as well as court clerks and should increase compliance rates.

Why are you the most qualified candidate?

While serving Burnet County for nearly six years as judge, I have attended yearly mandated continuing education courses as well as numerous other courses that provide me with specific training for the position of Justice of the Peace Precinct 1. With my judicial education and experience, if elected, I can continue to serve our community without delay.

Lynn Sheffield

Education/Experience: 40 years of law enforcement experience; Master Peace Officer Certificate, Special Investigator Certificate and a Basic Instructors Certificate from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education; Professional Investigator Certificate from the Texas District Attorney’s Association;

patrolman, patrol sergeant, gang unit supervisor and an investigator for the 33rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office Llano, Burnet, Blanco and San Saba Counties; six years as chief investigator for the Burnet County Attorney’s Office.

Family: Married; two daughters and five grandchildren

Party affiliation: Republican

What do you wish to accomplish?

I wish to bring my law enforcement experience and the strong belief in what is right and legal to our county government.

Why are you the most experienced candidate?

During my tenure with the Burnet County Attorney’s Office, I served as a board member of the Texas District and County Attorney’s Association Investigators Section. Additionally, I served four years as a board member of the Capital Area Council of Governments (CACOG) Solid Waste Advisory Committee and Regional Environmental Task Force in Austin.

I am a member of the Texas District and County Attorney’s Association and the Justice of the Peace and Constables Association of Texas.

During my retirement, I have opted to still carry a commission as an investigator for the 38th Judicial District Attorney’s Office-Medina County. In addition, I am an active deputy constable with the Burnet County Constables Office Precinct 4-Marble Falls.

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