A clerk in the Kerr County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace office has announced she will seek the Republican Party nomination in the March primary election in a bid to replace retiring justice of the peace David Billeiter.
Mitzi French, who has worked as a clerk and court coordinator in the Precinct 2 office since 2006, worked under former Justice of the Peace Dawn Wright and currently works for Justice of the Peace J.R. Hoyne.
“I have been blessed with the pleasure of working for these two professionals, and I have tremendous respect for both of them,” French said. “They have challenged me to be at the top of my profession and have each been a constant source of encouragement in my desire to succeed.”
Billeiter, a former sheriff’s deputy who was appointed to fill a vacancy in 2007 and was re-elected in 2008 and 2010, recently announced he will not seek another term.
Justices of the peace have jurisdiction over misdemeanor cases punishable by fine only and hear most civil cases with disputed values of $10,000 or less. They also act as magistrate, conduct inquests and hold administrative hearings.
Filing for the March party primaries begins Nov. 9 and already several local candidates have announced plans to seek the Republican party nomination.
The most recent announcement was from Rebecca Bolin, a deputy county clerk, who announced she will challenge incumbent Jannett Pieper in the Republican Party primary for the office of County Clerk. Pieper has said she plans to run again but has not yet made a formal announcement.
Local banker Bob Waller has announced he will seek the Republican Party nomination for county judge next year. Incumbent Pat Tinley has not yet announced if he will seek another term.
Incumbent Court-at-law Judge Spencer Brown announced he will retire after 23 years on the bench, opening the door for several hopefuls seeking to take his place. So far, Susan Harris, an associate judge for the Kerr County child support program, local attorney Rob Kelly and local attorney and municipal court judge Pat Maguire have announced plans to seek the nomination.
Incumbent 198th District Judge Rex Emerson also has announced he will seek a second term.
Tom Moser, who ran last year to fill an unexpired term in Precinct 2, has announced that he will seek re-election next year. He is being challenged by Stan Kubenka, a director with the Upper Guadalupe River Authority.
Precinct 4 incumbent Bruce Oehler also has announced he will seek a fifth term. So far, Oehler is unopposed.
Kerr County Attorney Rob Henneke, Bandera County resident Karen Harris and Kimble County Judge Andrew Stevenson Murr each announced they will seek the Republican Party nomination for the Texas House seat currently held by Harvey Hilderbran, who is seeking the Republican Party nomination for state comptroller.
Since Henneke will not be seeking re-election, candidates also have started lining up to run for the county attorney’s office. Assistant City Attorney Heather Stebbins and local attorney Ralph Behrens have announced campaigns for the county attorney seat.
Robbin Burlew, who was appointed earlier this year to fill the district clerk’s position, will seek the Republican Party nomination for that post. She will face Evlyn Manry, an administrative assistant in the 216th District Attorney’s office, in that race.