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Burnet County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace

“Coach” Larry Berkman

Larry Berkman

Larry Berkman

Age: 66

Education: Master’s degree in education with a minor in biology, Sam Houston State University

Family: Married; four children and five grandchildren

Experience: 22 years as Marble Falls High School head basketball coach; 10 years as owner of Coach Wash; 20 years as First Baptist of Marble Falls deacon; Sunday school teacher; church youth leader; director of Marble Falls ISD Drug Free Schools program; director of MFISD disaster and intruder program; helped create local Young Life program and Young Guns youth basketball program; MFISD school board

Party affiliation: Republican

What do you wish to accomplish?

I will treat people the way I want to be treated. I will save time and taxpayer dollars and make the court accessible online by updating and digitalizing the Precinct 4 Court format. I will make good, honest, fair decisions. My decisions will reflect my commitment to our community and youth, my conservative values, Christian principles and

Republican platform: pro-Constitution, pro-gun, pro-life and pro-family and traditional marriage. If I am elected, the Burnet County People’s Court tradition of electing a Justice of the Peace who is “of the people, by the people and for the people” will continue. (Burnet County has never elected a lawyer or judge to the office of Justice of the Peace.) The JP Court will be my full-time commitment. I will not juggle the duties of Justice of the Peace with being a judge in another court or other professional commitments.

Why are you the most qualified candidate?

I am a respected leader with proven communication and people skills. In addition to my master’s degree, I will add 80 hours of training required by the state for all JPs to ensure they know the laws before taking office. I have spent my entire career serving people. I have years of experience in the leadership chair and making decisions under pressure. I have a long history of guiding teenagers to make better choices. I am fair and honest. The People’s Court will be my full-time commitment, and I will not juggle the duties of justice of the peace with being the judge of any other court or professional commitments. My values, people skills, rapport with people from all walks of life and my experience making decisions under pressure make me the best person to be elected as Precinct 4 justice of the peace.

Debbie Bindseil

Debbie Bindseil

Debbie Bindseil

Age: 60

Education: High school graduate

Family: Husband; two children and two grandchildren

Experience: 21 years in the court system with 10-plus of those years working in the Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace office in which I am seeking the position of judge.

Party affiliation: Republican

What is your platform?

I am the only candidate with Justice Court experience.

Why are you the most qualified candidate?

I have served in the Justice of the Peace 4 office for over 10 years. I can step into the position of judge with very minimal training. I have been an employee of Burnet County for over 21 years with most of those years serving in the court system. I know the system from the time a person gets a citation and/or arrested until they are either acquitted or found guilty. I worked as a corrections officer for Burnet County for three years and know the magistrate duties of a judge. I was also an EMT for 15 years and have witnessed many deaths, so I am prepared to make inquest calls as a judge. Training and experience are vital to this position.

Frank Reilly

Frank Reilly

Frank Reilly

Age: 55

Education: Marble Falls High School (1978); B.B.A., University of Texas at Austin (1981); M.B.A., University of North Texas (1982); Doctor of Jurisprudence, University of Houston Law Center (1990)

Family: Two sisters

Experience: Municipal judge for city of Granite Shoals; 25-year practicing attorney; licensed to practice law in all Texas state courts, U.S. District Court (W.D. Texas), U.S. Court of Appeals (5th Circuit), U.S. Court of Claims, U.S. Supreme Court; political science instructor, Texas Tech University (teaching constitutional law for spring 2016); former three-term mayor of Granite Shoals; former member of Criminal Justice Committee of Capital Area Council of Governments; represented Republican Party of Texas in redistricting and other lawsuits; former general counsel, Natural Resources Foundation of Texas; former general counsel, OneStar Foundation; former general counsel, Texas Round Up; former advisory board member, Greek and Service Organization, University of Texas; law instructor, International Right-of-Way Association

Party affiliation: Republican

What do you wish to accomplish?

I will be a full-time justice of the peace and will bring professionalism and legal and judicial experience to the position. As a constitutional conservative, I will follow the constitutions of the United States and the state of Texas and the laws enacted under those constitutions; I will interpret the law, not create it. I will bring fairness and experience to the court. I want to further help the youth who appear before the court head in the right direction. I also want to make the court more accessible to the public through an improved and more robust website that will offer information on how the court works, the court’s jurisdiction, our court procedures and forms for simple legal proceedings before the court. The court’s current website is far behind the times, and currently only provides the office hours, court location and contact information for the judge and staff.

Why are you the most qualified candidate?

As the only lawyer in this race, I bring 25 years of legal experience and 35 years of legislative experience to the justice of the peace position. I already serve as a municipal judge and would understand the cases before me without the need for training. I care about our youth, who will be our future, as shown by my background as an instructor of law-related political science courses, including constitutional law to college students, and public service as an attorney mentor to area high school students at the Marble Falls Teen Court and my volunteer involvement with the Roddick Youth Tennis Foundation. If elected, I would be the only lawyer serving as a justice of the peace in Burnet County, which would be of great benefit to law enforcement. Unlike my opponents, if elected, my law license would allow me to issue blood-draw warrants for DUI cases, which is critical to law enforcement to capture evidence that diminishes with every passing minute. Also, I would be able to issue seizure warrants to protect evidence in criminal cases before the evidence is destroyed, tainted or is lost.

Bill Worley

Bill Worley and wife Janet

Bill Worley and wife Janet

Age: 48

Education: Command and Staff Diploma, U.S. Navy War College 2012; BS Management University of Phoenix 2006; AA Management Coastline Community College 2003; Marble Falls High School Class of 1986

Family: Wife; four adult children and five grandchildren

Experience: As a Naval officer, I served as a commanding officer, officer in charge and brig officer. I served as a military patrolman and legal officer and have handled numerous non-judicial punishments in the military’s version of the justice system.

Party affiliation: Republican

What do you wish to accomplish?

(As a) conservative Republican, I believe that a JP is not political but a servant to the community to keep the trust of the right and wrong of things.

Why are you the most qualified candidate?

I grew up here; I run a business here. I know the people and the challenges that face the community. I know that JPs such as Martin McClean and Dewey Hollingsworth had a positive impact on my life when I was a teenager, and I hope to be able to do the same for someone else. I am used to serving the community. As the veteran service officer and as JP, I believe in serving the community and giving back to a community that has supported me throughout my life.

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