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SCOTT J. BECKER

Candidate
District Judge, District 219
Scott is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin
(94) and Southern Methodist University School of Law
(97) He and his wife Jana live in McKinney with their two
sons, as well as their two dogs Rosie (the beagle) and
Daisy (the bassett hound). They attend the First Baptist
Church of Allen and have enjoyed getting more involved
with their Bible Fellowship class over the past year and a
half.
Scott has worked at the Collin County District Attorneys Office for the past six
years. Currently, he is a felony prosecutor assigned to Trial Team 1, handling all types of
cases including Murder, Aggravated Robbery, and larger drug cases. During his time as
an ADA, Scott has also spent almost 2 years in the Crimes Against Children Unit focusing
on the prosecution of child molesters and child pornographers. Difficult but rewarding
work.
Prior to his time in the DAs Office, Scott had his own law practice where he handled
mostly criminal matters, but also some civil and family law matters as well. Over the past
decade Scott has gained experience in each area of law over which the 219th District
Court has jurisdiction. This makes him uniquely qualified to be the next judge of the
219th and carry on the tradition of judicial excellence in Collin County.

What qualifications or experience do you have that distinguishes your candidacy?


I am a 20-year attorney, Teen Court Judge, licensed in U. S. Supreme Court and Court
of Appeals, former General Counsel for Collin County GOP

What are the three most important issues that you hope to address if elected?
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Handling inmates in jail diagnosed with mental/emotional disorders


Upgrading technology for the public's use
Implement drug/alcohol classes to reduce the rate of incarceration and recidivism

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Scott and his wife Jana have two boys, ages 3 and 9 months, are McKinney residents
and attend First Baptist Church of Allen. He is a member of McKinney Sunrise Rotary
and numerous Republican Clubs around Collin County.

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ANGELA TUCKER

What qualifications or experience do you have that distinguishes your candidacy?

District Judge, District 219

In the race for County Court at Law No. 6, a predominantly criminal court, I am the only
candidate that is Board Certified in Criminal Law.

Angela Tucker was born in Sherman, Texas and North Texas


has always been home. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts
degree from the University of Texas at Austin, she returned to
Dallas to attend law school at Southern Methodist University,
graduated in May 1996, and was licensed in November 1996.

What are the three most important issues that you hope to address if elected?

Candidate

While attending law school, Angela participated in several


internships. She was recognized for valuable service during
her internship with Justice Craig Enoch of the Supreme Court
of Texas in 1995. Additionally, Angela interned with both the
Grayson County Attorney's Office and Dallas County District
Attorney's Office. She gained civil and criminal experience through her internship with the Law
Office of George Ashford III and SMU Civil Clinic.
Shortly after receiving her law license, Angela began working for the Collin County District Attorney's Office as an Assistant District Attorney in 1996. While there, she worked in misdemeanor and
felony courts, and became Chief of the Misdemeanor Intake section just eight (8) months into her
tenure. Angela has also worked in every court in Collin County from the Justice of the Peace Courts
to District Courts and has argued before the Court of Appeals.
Angela maintained the Law Office of Angela Ivory from 2000 to 2007 at which time she formed a
partnership, Daniel Tucker & Harrison PLLC , with her current law partners. Currently she practices
in the areas of criminal defense-felony and misdemeanor, Juvenile, Child Protective Services, family and civil litigation.
Angela's legal career encompasses well over 100 jury trials and many more trials and contested
hearings before front of the Court. Her legal experience has included criminal and juvenile law,
appeals, family law, personal injury, bankruptcy, and mental health cases. She is one of the few
attorneys in Collin County that is death-penalty qualified.
Throughout her adult life, Angela has been involved in community service activities on a variety of
levels. During college, she was invited to become a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,
Inc., which is a national public service organization. She has always been active in her church.
Angela currently serves on the Leadership Council and as Director of the Youth Ushers and Greeters at McKinney First Baptist Church. Angela is a member of the Collin County African American
Republican Club and serves in the capacity of Club Secretary. She is also on the Outreach Committee for Golden Corridor Republican Women and has been elected to the position of State Liaison
for 2010. Additionally, she has further supported the Collin County Republican Party by devoting
time to being a poll watcher, organizer, and working on various local campaigns.
As an active volunteer with McKinney ISD, she serves on various school committees/activities at
Wilmeth Elementary. Additionally, Angela is a speaker/mentor for the Community in Schools (CIS)
Program at Ruth Dowell Middle School which seeks to reach at-risk students.
Most of Angela's time is spent being a devoted wife to her husband James, and mother to their two
(2) children, Erica (10) and Marshall (2).

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A full day's work for a full day's pay


Moving the docket with efficiency
Treating all litigants fairly and with dignity

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KEITH GORE

What qualifications or experience do you have that distinguishes your candidacy?

District Judge, District 296

Former Prosecutor in Dallas and Collin Counties. On the Board of the Collin County
Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Endorsed by the Collin County Deputies Association.

Candidate

Keith graduated with Departmental Honors and summa


cum laude from Texas Christian University in 1994. Keith
was also honored with the Outstanding Senior Student
Award from the Speech Communication Department at
TCU. After putting himself through college on a mixture of
scholarships and hard-work, Keith returned to Mississippi
for law school (can't beat in-state tuition).
Keith graduated from the University of Mississippi School
of Law in May of 1997. While in law school, Keith earned a
spot on the Moot Court Board, won an academic scholarship and was inducted into the legal honorary society, Phi Delta Phi. Keith took and passed the
Mississippi bar examination prior to graduating law school.
Keith landed in the Dallas County District Attorney's Officeand was quickly promoted to be Chief
prosecutor in several County Criminal Courts. As a Chief prosecutor, Keith won convictions in a
wide range of criminal cases, including domestic violence, drug offenses and driving while intoxicated. Keith was then promoted to the position of felony trial prosecutor. As a felony trial prosecutor, Keith won cases against violent offenders, including robbers, burglars and rapists.
In 2004, Keith gained valuable civil litigation experience by joining the law firm Abernathy, Roeder,
Boyd & Joplin, P.C. During his time with the Abernathy firm, Keith handled many types of civil
cases, including complex commercial litigation, probate cases, land transactions and issues involving local towns and cities. In addition, while working for that firm, Keith also served as prosecutor in
the City of Frisco Municipal Court.
In 2005, Keith was one of four attorneys recommended by the Collin County Bar Association to the
Collin County Commissioner's Court to fill the position of judge for the newly created County Court
at Law No. 6. Keith remains humbled by that endorsement.
Keith also has judicial experience. Keith served as the Municipal Court Judge for the City of Trenton
in Fannin County, Texas. As a Municipal Court Judge, Keith presided over criminal offenses and
city ordinance violations, as well as matters involving juvenile and school related offenses. Keith
has also served, on a substitute basis, as a prosecutor for the City of Wylie.
Keith's legal career, both as prosecutor and a defense attorney, includes over 100 trials and dozens
of motions to revoke probation, bond reduction hearings, motions to suppress and plea hearings.
Keith has also practiced in the areas on civil litigation, juvenile and family law. Keith has also distinguished himself by becoming certified and approved by the Regional Administrative Judge for the
First Judicial District to handle death penalty cases.

What are the three most important issues that you hope to address if elected?
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Budget
Assault Family Violence
DWI

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JAMES ANGELINO

Candidate
Criminal District Attorney
James Angelinos public service began when he became
a police officer with the Dallas Police Department in
1988. While continuing to work as a police officer, Angelino enrolled in S.M.U. law school, graduating in 1994.
During his tenure with the Dallas P.D., he was twice
decorated for saving lives.
In 1996 Angelino joined the Denton County District Attorneys office and soon became one of the offices most
successful prosecutors. In 11 years as an Assistant
D.A., he tried over 190 criminal jury trials to a verdict in all types of cases ranging from
possession of drugs to murder. Angelino also created and was chief of the DWI Prosecution Unit, becoming one of a handful of experts on intoxication for the State. For his efforts he was awarded the Outstanding Service Award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving for vigorous DWI enforcement. Additionally he has provided hundreds of hours of
advanced legal training to Texas prosecutors and law enforcement.
In 2001, Angelino heard the call of duty to serve his country and joined the U.S. Army
Reserves. Following the attacks of September 11, 2001 he volunteered for active duty
and served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army at Forward Operating Base Speicher in
Tikrit, Iraq from 2003-2004. Angelino is a recipient of the Bronze Star, The Army Commendation Medal, The Iraqi Campaign Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service
Medal. He is presently a Captain in the Army Reserves.
In 2007, Angelino left the Denton County DAs Office and has been in private practice
since that time.
A Plano resident since 1993, Angelino is currently is in private practice with offices in
Frisco and Denton. He and his wife Misti, have two children, Cole and Gabriella. The
Angelino family attends Custer Road United Methodist Church

What qualifications or experience do you have that distinguishes your candidacy?


I am a conservative republican. Extensive legal experience, exceptional leadership, and
a commitment to service are qualities that distinguish me from the other candidates. With
an emphasis on trial work, I have tried and negotiated thousands of civil and criminal
cases. Having served as a Company Commander, Battalion Commander, and a veteran
in the U.S. Army, I offer unique leadership skills. A few of my other noteworthy accomplishments are the achievement of Eagle Scout and service as President of Plano West
Rotary Club.

What are the three most important issues that you hope to address if elected?
Three important issues that I will address are insuring that justice is served, strictly following the law, and providing for speedy trials.

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JEFF BRAY

Candidate
Criminal District Attorney

What qualifications or experience do you have that distinguishes your candidacy?


My knowledge and expertise in criminal law will provide the foundation for being a fair and
balanced judge for County Court at Law #4.
What are the three most important issues that you hope to address if elected?

EXPERIENCE and JUDGEMENT to:


keep our families safe
prevent crime
represent the victims of crime
20 years in law enforcement
11-year prosecutor, experienced in every

section in the office


Senior Legal Advisor to the Plano Police Department - EXPERIENCE working directly with police
RESPECTED as a prosecution instructor for national and state organizations
Over 100 jury trials as a prosecutor
Board-certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Jeff Bray is a fifth generation Texan, and was raised in College Station. Jeff has been the
senior legal advisor to the Plano Police Department for three years. He was a prosecutor
for eleven years before that, starting out in Longview Texas, and spending the last three
years in the Collin County District Attorney's office.
Jeff met his wife, Jennifer (both Aggies) at a "baby prosecutor school" in 1996. Jennifer
was a new prosecutor in Cass County, Texas, where she was the only assistant. Jeff and
Jennifer were engaged several months later, and have been married for twelve years.
They have a three year old daughter, Charlotte, a fat beagle named Scout, and large
white shepherd named Atticus. Jennifer is an award-winning federal attorney in Dallas,
and a seventh-generation Collin County resident whose family on both sides comes from
Princeton. She is also a member of the Junior League of Plano.
Public service runs in Jeff's family. Both his parents were professors at Texas A&M, and
his grandmothers on both sides were public school teachers. Jennifer's mother teaches at
Davis Elementary in Plano, and her grandfather was an ag teacher in Princeton.
Jeff, Jennifer and Charlotte live in Parker and attend First United Methodist Church of
Plano.

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placing an emphasis on education to reduce recidivism


demanding civility and respect between lawyers
enforcing a minimum dress code that respects courtroom decorum and the dignity of
proceedings

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RAFAEL DE LA GARZA
Candidate
Criminal District Attorney

Rafael De La Garza II, a Democratic candidate


for Collin County District Attorney, possesses
the qualifications and experience we need to meet the
needs of a growing community and demands of a
changing public safety environment.
De La Garza has 15 years of experience in criminal
law. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree
from Texas A&M, he worked his way through law school
at Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall
School of Law. Upon receiving his law degree, De La
Garza became a prosecutor with the Dallas County District Attorneys Office under the tenure
of John Vance. As an Assistant District Attorney, Rafael De La Garza protected and served
the citizens of the greater Dallas area, gaining valuable experience prosecuting felony and
misdemeanor crimes of all types. De La Garza was quickly promoted to Chief Prosecutor in
Criminal County Court number five (5) and then Criminal County Court number eight (8). Due
to his prosecutorial accomplishments, he was selected to attend the prestigious "Top Gun"
Prosecutor School in Huntsville, Texas. No stranger to handing down tough convictions, De
La Garza worked with current Collin County First Assistant District Attorney Greg Davis in
prosecuting one of Dallas County's most notorious capital murderers where the death penalty
was sought.
After his tenure at the Dallas District Attorney's office, De La Garza was named Assistant
United States Attorney for the Western District where he was recognized for handling tough
drug and gang prosecutions and for his leadership and keen ability in coordinating multiagency federal investigations. As Assistant United States Attorney, De La Garza gained valuable insight and experience into classified investigations and grand jury investigations and
other aspects of law enforcement to which most prosecutors and defense attorneys are not
regularly exposed.
He entered private practice in 2001. Wanting to further expand his education, De La Garza
became Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 2002
and became re-certified in 2007. More recently, De La Garza has been named one of Texas
top lawyers by being recognized as a Texas Superlawyer in 2007, 2008 and 2009, an honor
that only the top five percent of lawyers in Texas receive each year. Currently, De La Garza
serves on the School Advisory Board for St. Mark Catholic School and is a member of the
East Dallas Masonic Lodge. Rafael and his wife Marina stay busy with their two boys Rafael
(11) and Cristian (9) and are active members of St. Mark Catholic Church.

What qualifications or experience do you have that distinguishes your candidacy?


Bachelor and Law degrees;
Work as prosecutor, defense attorney, and judge;
Active involvement in the legal and non-profit communities;
Leadership in the Republican Party.
What are the three most important issues that you hope to address if elected?
Indigent Defense; Collin Countys rapid population growth and the demands on the court
system; Recidivism among defendants with alcohol and drug addictions.

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GREG WILLIS

Candidate
Criminal District Attorney
A 5th generation Texan and 12-year Rotarian, Greg
and his wife Jill have been married 14 years and
have two children. Greg is a graduate of the prestigious University of Virginia School of Law (1991), and
Baylor University (1986, with honors). Greg has
served Collin County as both prosecutor (1995
1999) and judge (2004 -2009). For years, Greg has
actively served Collin County and is known and
trusted by community leaders. He is endorsed by
McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller and 14 other
mayors, the Collin County Sheriff Deputies Assoc, the McKinney Firefighters Assoc.,
state representatives Ken Paxton and Jodie Laubenberg, County Commissioner Joe
Jaynes, all four elected Collin County Constables, and many others

What qualifications or experience do you have that distinguishes your candidacy?


I am a civil litigation attorney with more than 10 years of experience. I currently defend
people in personal injury lawsuits filed against them.
What are the three most important issues that you hope to address if elected?
My vision for the Court is for the fair, efficient and prompt administration of justice.

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JOHN MUNS
Candidate
County Judge

EDUCATION:
High School - Plano Senior High
School
College - Abilene Christian University
Degrees - BBA Marketing & Management 1982
BUSINESS EXPERIENCE:
Muns Enterprises, Ltd., General Partner, 1991
Present:
Muns Enterprises is a venture capital and general
investment company specializing in real estate development. Our primary focus is real estate development.

What qualifications or experience do you have that distinguishes your candidacy?


Approximately 95% of the cases heard in this Court are criminal cases. I am the only
candidate with experience in both prosecuting and defending criminal cases.
What are the three most important issues that you hope to address if elected?
My plans will improve efficiency, cut the operating costs paid for by taxpayers, reduce
DWI and Drug offenses, and increase sex offender supervision.

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Wyatt Cafeterias, Vice President, 1979-91:


I was involved in operations and construction development of new cafeterias. During that
period, we built 30 cafeterias. We sold Wyatts in 1988 with 122 stores and over 6,000
employees to an employee stock ownership plan.

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CIVIC EXPERIENCE: Board of Trustee- Plano Independent School District 1993Present

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CHURCH:

Prestoncrest Church of Christ; Dallas

BOARDS & CIVIC ACTIVITIES:


Plano Independent School District, Board of Trustees (past President)
Leadership Plano
Past President, Volunteer Center
Cultural Arts Council
Practical Parenthood Education
YMCA Board of Trustees
Plano Orchestra Board
Civic Center Advisory Board
Childrens Medical Center Board
Dallas Epilepsy Foundation Board
Journey of Hope Board
Plano Economic Development Board
Bell Trust- Foundation For Missionary Work Worldwide

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KEITH SELF
Candidate
County Judge

A fifth-generation Texan and graduate of the United States


Military Academy at West Point, Keith Self served our
nation for 25 years as an Army officer, first retiring from
active duty in 1999. He was recalled to active duty in 2002
- 2003 for service in Afghanistan and Qatar, serving in the
Plans and Policy Directorate, US Central Command on
General Tommy Franks' staff planning the invasion of Iraq.

What qualifications or experience do you have that distinguishes your candidacy?


I am the only candidate with over a decade of experience a private business unrelated to
the practice of law.

What are the three most important issues that you hope to address if elected?
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Use of technology to decrease cost and increase efficiency


Backlog of civil cases
Special settings for civil cases

Keith served for 12 years in Joint assignments (integrating


Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines):

US embassy in Cairo, Egypt - helping to manage the $2 Billion in US taxpayer-funded military


aid to Egypt each year;

US European Command, Germany - managing the US-Israeli military relationship;


Pentagon - developing and implementing national strategy in the emerging high tech area of
Information Warfare;

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National Security Council (NSC) Interagency Working Group in the White House complex representing the Joint Staff;

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NATO military staff in Belgium - negotiating with 37 nations for forces to deploy to Kosovo and
Bosnia.
A Ranger, Green Beret and Master Parachutist infantry officer, Keith Self served nine years in the
82nd Airborne Division and Green Berets, commanding an airborne rifle company; a Special Forces
A-Team deploying a man-portable nuclear munition (suitcase nuke) and a Special Forces company.
He is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College and holds a Masters degree
in International Relations.

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In 2002, Keith was recalled to active duty for 14 months to help plan and conduct the Iraq invasion.

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Keith is a member of the Samaritan Inn board. The Samaritan Inn is the only homeless shelter in
Collin County. Keith also serves on the board of the Prestonwood Pregnancy Center and co-chairs
the DFW US Army Recruiting Battalion Advisory Board. He is a member of the McKinney Downtown Rotary Club.

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Tracy serves as Children's Director for McKinney/Allen Community Bible Study (CBS).
Keith and Tracy have been married for 34 years. They live in McKinney and attend Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, where Tracy serves in the children's special needs program.

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DAVID M. SMITH
Candidate
County Judge

David M. Smith has repeatedly proven his commitment to serving


our community.
Native Texan, and son of a Texas Mayor
Served in the United States Air Force and the Texas Air National
Guard
Elected to serve three terms on Plano City Council
Served on church council and taught Sunday School
Consultant to businesses and community organizations
Current clients include Biozyme Remediation Technologies, Inc.
and EarthShare of Texas. Smith is also the state legislative coordinator for Texas Neighborhoods Together, a coalition of homeowner and neighborhood associations including the Plano Homeowners Council and others statewide. Past political clients have
included a number of candidates as well as the Democratic Party of Collin County, who he served
as the primary elections administrator during the previous three election cycles.
Highlights of Smiths Plano City Council service include working on the Finance Committee and
following the Regional Transportation Council as an alternate member during all three terms. Smith
also served on a variety of local, state and national committees focusing on public sector information systems, telecommunications, transportation, community planning, animal services, the environment and energy.
Other civic activities while Smith has resided in Collin County include service as an advisory director of the Plano Chamber of Commerce and as an officer of the Plano Homeowners Council and
each of the homeowner or neighborhood associations wherever he has lived.
Church involvement has included serving as the vice chair of the church council, as a building trustee, a liaison to the troops Boy Scout troop and as a Sunday school superintendent and teacher.
Smiths corporate career began as an engineer at Texas Instruments and ended with middle management posts at EDS. While at EDS, Smith also served as an instructor in their internal leadership
development program.
Prior to his corporate career, Smith served in United States Air Force and Texas Air National Guard
civil engineering units.
Smith earned his Bachelor of Engineering degree from Vanderbilt University.
Smith was born in Port Arthur, Texas, and grew up in nearby Groves, where his father served as
Mayor. Smith has resided in Richardson or Plano for 30 years. Twenty of those years have been in
Plano and in Collin County.

What qualifications or experience do you have that distinguishes your candidacy?


I have 23 years of experience in both civil and criminal trial law. Each of my opponents
have minimal experience in either criminal or civil law (neither has both) and each has
just over the minimum number of years necessary to even qualify to run for judge. I have
served as the hearing master for the mental health court since 1996 (judicial experience)
and, because of my pro bono work in the past, I was named "Pro Bono Attorney of the
Year".
What are the three most important issues that you hope to address if elected?
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Efficient use of the court time.


Making sure that truly indigent defendant's are represented by competent lawyers
Treatment for defendant's with substance abuse problems versus incarceration.

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PATRICIA WYSONG CRIGGER


Candidate
District Clerk

QUALIFICATIONS
14 Years Serving As Chief Deputy District Clerk
23 Years Employment with Collin County District Clerk's
Office
Bachelor of Business Administration - University of North
Texas
Owned and Successfully Operated Wysong Pharmacy
from 1981 to 1986
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Certified Completion of Institute Of Court Management, Executive Leadership in the
Courts
Developed & Executed Plan for New Jury Management System
Project Leader, Scanning and Digitizing All Court Records from 1846 Forward
Driving Force for the New Odyssey Court Management System
MEMBERSHIPS
National Association of Court Management
Texas County & District Clerks Association
District Court Alliance
Texas Association of Counties
Area 5 County & District Clerks Association
McKinney Chamber Of Commerce
Golden Corridor Republican Women
North Collin County Republican Women
Collin County Lincoln Society
Collin County Conservative Republicans
Conner Harrington Republican Women
Plano Republican Women

What qualifications or experience do you have that distinguishes your candidacy?


I have a BSW from UTA and a law degree from Baylor Law School (1992). I have been
licensed 17 years, working five years as a prosecutor with the Tarrant County District
Attorneys Office, and spent 2-1/2 years in the Crimes against Children Division. I have
been in private practice since 1997, practicing in the areas of criminal defense, appeals,
civil/family law, and school and administrative law. Since 2003, I have served as a hearing officer in contested administrative hearings.
What are the three most important issues that you hope to address if elected?
The three most important issues facing our county are (1) managing the docket growth in
the courts as the county grows; (2) the need to maximize court time; and (3) the need to
create innovative programs to deal with the unique needs of certain populations, including
mentally ill offenders and youthful offenders. The drug court established by another court
has proven to be a successful measure in reducing the rates of incarceration and recidivism for those types of offenses. I would support similar measures for other types of
misdemeanor offenders, including offenders who have a diagnosed mental illness.

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TERRYE EVANS
Candidate
District Clerk

Terrye has observed first-hand our towns turn into


cities, as well as the transformation of our cities
into a major extension of the Metroplex. Collin
Countys high growth rate poses major challenges
for its office-holders in terms of office-practices,
policies and budgeting. The burgeoning growth
rate is taxing on the legal system as well as our
citizens.
Terrye believes we need to maintain a citizens
perspective while we make the hard budgetary and policy decisions within the department.
Terryes sign in her office reads: Welcome, were glad to see you! Terrye will run the District
Clerks office with this same mantra.
Terrye believes that one never stops learning in life and as soon as one stops wanting to learn
it can often lead to loss of interest and then failure altogether. Terrye is committed to remaining vigilant and will commit her office to new technologies that will aid in everyday office practices. Basically working smarter so as to deliver the best work-product possible to Collin
Countys citizens, lawyers, judges and other county departments.
Terrye believes that we as taxpayers cannot afford to take the attitude that things are "good
enough". The District Clerk's office should be in a continual state of improvement, working
smarter to make customer and citizen interactions positive and helpful, rather than perplexing
and puzzling. The District Clerk staff should respect taxpayer time, and be sensitive to the
needs of all stakeholders, attorneys, judges, and other departments. Terrye believes the District Clerks office is there to accommodate and serve the public, not the other way around.
Terrye knows that the existing employees in the District Clerks office are armed with the
knowledge and readiness to serve! What they need is a leader to make the necessary
changes that this county desperately needs: Funds to aid programs involving the Indigent;
internal changes to better interface with the District Attorneys office and other departments;
eradicate delays in filing with full use of office hours through a clerk hot-line to aid attorneys.
BA in English, County Employee for almost 10 years
Managerial Experience at EDS and Susquehanna Radio Corp
Member of St. James Methodist Church in McKinney

What qualifications or experience do you have that distinguishes your candidacy?


I have the reputation for being fair, open-minded, and follows the law. I am trained, right
now, with no break-in time necessary.
What are the three most important issues that you hope to address if elected?
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Preventing repeat offenders from causing harm to our community: I have the experience to know use the programs and conditions available for maximum effect.
Absorbing increased case filings with fewer tax dollars: I know the system and can
make changes necessary for increasing population during budget reductions.
Helping the new judges: Courts 3, 4, and 6 will have brand new judges. My experience can help them as they come on board.

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ALMA HAYS
Candidate
District Clerk

Alma grew up in Howe, Texas and moved to


Collin county in 1981. She graduated from
Grayson County College with an Associates
Degree in Business. Alma makes her home in
McKinney with her husband, Scott. She has a
son, Toby and two stepchildren, Travis and
Jessica.
Education:

Paralegal and Office Manager for the Law Offices of Michael Sloan
Court appointed Visitation Supervisor for children with at risk parents
Texas Supreme Court Process Server

Organizations:

I have a degree from Grayson County College and have worked in the District Clerk's
office. I have 26 years experience as a paralegal and office manager. My work ethic,
education, problems solving skills, and experience qualify me to lead the District Clerk's
Office. I have extensive knowledge of how the judicial system functions from beginning to
end. I am the only candidate who has been on both sides of the counter. This gives me
a unique perspective of how the public views the District Clerk's office and how it can be
improved.
What are the three most important issues that you hope to address if elected?
1.

Graduated from Grayson County College.

Profession:

What qualifications or experience do you have that distinguishes your candidacy?

National Federation of Republican Women


Conner Harrington Republican Women
Collin County Conservative Republicans
McKinney Chamber of Commerce
Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church

2.
3.

I plan to expand office and service hours. The clerk's office currently closes at 4:30
p.m.. They quit processing passport applications at 4:00 p.m. They quit issuing
court documents at 3:30. I want to expand the hours to 5:00 p.m.
I also plan to aggressively pursue the passport market so that the revenue from the
processing fees and photographs stays in Collin County and is not lost to the postal
service and federal government.
I plan to improve customer service and manage the phone system so that you will
speak with a real person.

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Texas Process Servers Association

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Participation:

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Active contributor to Samaritans Purse Ministry


Active contributor to Disabled American Veterans
Prepared care packages to U.S. Troops in Iraq
Welcomed troops home from active military duty at DFW Airport
Texas Tea Party participant in McKinney

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JERRY LEWIS

Candidate
County Court at Law #2
WELL PREPARED TO BECOME YOUR JUDGE:
Law EnforcementPrior to taking the bench in 1986,
Judge Lewis was your First Assistant Criminal District
Attorney, responsible for the administration of the Grand
Jury and of all felony and misdemeanor prosecution in
Collin County. He has a total of ten years experience as
a prosecuting attorney
Law of BusinessJudge Lewis knows what business
owners, contractors, and everyone else face when confronted with a legal problem He worked for almost 3
years in the Trials and Business Litigation Division of what was, at the time, the largest
civil law firm in Collin County.
Law ProtectorHe also knows what it is like to be on the other side, having been a criminal defense attorney for two years
JUDICIAL LEADER:
Twice elected President, Texas Association of County Court at Law Judges
Elected Executive Committee, Judicial Section of the State Bar of Texas
Former Local Administrative Judge in Collin County
STRONG REPUBLICAN:
Judge Lewis believes strongly in the principles of good government held dear by our Republican party and has demonstrated this as:
Precinct Chair
Delegate, both to Senatorial District and State Conventions
Member Resolutions Committee that drafted platform of our party at the local Senatorial
District Conventions
SERVANT TO OUR COUNTRY:
Judge Lewis is a military veteran, with 4 years active duty in the United States Army as a
Captain and 5 more in the Reserves.
SERVANT IN THE COMMUNITY:
Judge Lewis attends and is a member of the First Baptist Church of McKinney where
he sang in the choir for many years, traveled overseas on mission trips, and counseled
at youth church camps.
In his 25th consecutive year as Boy Scout leader with Troop 303 of the First United
Methodist Church, serving as Scoutmaster, Adult trainer, and District Chairman. Honored in 2004 by Circle Ten Council of Dallas, B.S.A., with the Silver Beaver Award
Formerly on Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Collin County and of the
Heard Natural History Museum
Honored with Jerry Lewis Day by the City of McKinney for his leadership and work in
youth soccer.
Judge Lewis is a graduate of West Texas A&M University and The University of
Texas School of Law in Austin.
He has one son, David, whom he raised as a single parent.

What qualifications or experience do you have that distinguishes your candidacy?


My experience from the private sector, the District Clerk's Office, and the Courts give me
the advantage over my opponents. I am the only candidate with experience in the Clerk's
Office and with the Courts.
What are the three most important issues that you hope to address if elected?
1.
2.
3.

I will use technology to help give better service to the customers;


I will streamline the budget to help the County stay fiscally fit;
I will equip the office to be a better liaison between all court offices

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SHARON RAMAGE

Candidate
County Court at Law #2
Sharon Ramage and her husband, Todd, reside in Frisco with their
twin daughters. Sharon enjoys being involved with her daughters
activities including coaching her daughters cheer team and volunteering with the Parents Club for the World Olympic Gymnastics
Academy. Sharon and her family are members of St. Francis of
Assisi Catholic Church, where she serves as a lector.
Education:
Bachelor of Social Work, U.T. Arlington, with High Honors

What are the three most important issues that you hope to address if elected?
1.
2.
3.

Conversion of criminal cases to Odyssey.


Redaction tool so all cases can be viewed online.
Re-working of clerk pods on floors.

Notes and Comments Editor for the Baylor Law Review


Coach, Baylor Law Schools Client Counseling Team

Coordinator for the American Bar Association Client Counseling Competition


Professional (over 17 years practicing law):
Former Prosecutor, Tarrant County, Criminal District Attorneys Office / Crimes Against Children Division

I have a business degree from UNT. More importantly, I have 23 years in the District
Clerk's Office, the last 15 as Chief Deputy.

Juris Doctor, Baylor Law School

What qualifications or experience do you have that distinguishes your candidacy?

Special Education Hearing Officer for the State of Texas

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Served as s counsel in over 100 criminal jury trials and numerous bench trials, appeals and contested
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Faculty for the Seattle University School of Law National Academy of IDEA

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Administrative Law Judges & Hearing Officers and National Administrative Law Judges Conference
Presenter for local continuing legal education programs
Author, All About Texas Law and Kids

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Author, continuing legal education presentations


Professional Organizations:
State Bar of Texas

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State Bar of Texas School Law Section
Collin County Bar Association
Former Board Member, ADR Section, Collin County Bar Association

Frisco Bar Association


Community Involvement:
Frisco Chamber of Commerce

Cheer Coach and Volunteer, Frisco Football League

Conner Harrington Republican Women

WOGA Parents Club, Volunteer and Golf Tournament Coordinator

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Lector


Organizations:
Frisco Area Republican Women
N. Collin County Republican Women
Collin County Lincoln Society

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LANCE S. BAXTER

Candidate
County Court at Law #3
Lances career has involved litigation work in both civil
and criminal matters. Throughout his career, he has
successfully handled hundreds of cases with a broad
range from DWI to capital murder. As a skilled litigator,
he has represented clients in civil cases such as personal injury, contract disputes and employment matters.
Lance also has experience in judicial proceedings. Since
1996, he has presided over thousands of cases as a
hearing master for the Collin County Mental Health Court.
Lance has served on the board of directors for the Plano Bar Association, the Collin
County Bar Association, the Collin County Bench Bar Foundation, and the Collin County
Criminal Defense Lawyer Association (President 2005 - 2006). He participates in many
bar association programs, but particularly enjoys mentoring future lawyers through the
Collin County 8th grade mock trial competition and the Now You Are 18 program.
Lance Baxter graduated from high school in Lancaster, Texas, before attending Texas
Christian University. Lance received a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in
Finance from TCU and was a member of the business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi.
In 1986, Lance received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law in
Houston, Texas. While there, he participated in moot court and was a member of the Phi
Alpha Delta legal fraternity.
Lance began his legal career in Houston before relocating to Dallas and eventually to
Plano, Texas, where he became a partner with Wheless, Walker and Baxter. He formed
his current partnership with Baxter Gibbs Robison and Henderson in 1999.
Lance has been a member of the First Christian Church of McKinney since 1996 and has
served on the area board of directors for the Christian Youth Foundation and the Disciples Foundation of Dallas, Inc. He is also a board member of the Dallas Chapter of the
TCU Alumni Association.
Lance has two daughters that currently attend TCU and a son that is a student at McKinney Boyd High School.

What qualifications or experience do you have that distinguishes your candidacy?


Three Plano City Council terms. Past EDS middle manager. Past Plano Chamber advisory director. Vanderbilt engineering degree. US Air Force experience. Thirty year area
resident.
What are the three most important issues that you hope to address if elected?
Transportation, including roads and rail, public health and government cost-effectiveness,
including sustainability. Initiatives will improve area services and prosperity while reducing the cost of government.

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STEWART MATTHEWS
Candidate
County Court at Law #3

FIELDS OF LITIGATION INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE:


Experience with cases in multiple jurisdictions across Texas
Federal and State.
Experience with cases in multiple States including:
Mississippi Louisiana
Oklahoma New Mexico
Arizona Pennsylvania
Florida Michigan
New Jersey Indiana
California
Recent focus:
Product Liability
Wrongful Death
Commercial Litigation Plaintiff and Defense
Breach of Contract Plaintiff and Defense
Personal Injury
* Areas of prior experience Probate Law, Family Law and Criminal law.
Admitted to Practice in:
All State and County Courts in Texas
Northern District of Texas Federal Court
Eastern District of Texas Federal Court
Western District of Texas Federal Court
Southern District of Texas Federal Court
Multiple States under Pro Hac Vice
EDUCATION:
Cascia Hall High School, Tulsa, OK, 1983
Creighton University, Omaha, NE, 1984-1985
B.S., Psychology, Tulsa, University of Tulsa, 1987
J.D., Texas Wesleyan University School of Law,
2002
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Tracy & Carboy, 2000 2004
Associate after graduation
S.D. Matthews & Associates, 2004 present
Attorney
Prior to working as an attorney:
Medical implants Developed multi-million dollar
business across the United States developing and
marketing spinal implants.
Counselor for troubled teens family and individual
counseling in both locked and outpatient settings.

PROFESSIONAL AND HONOR SOCIETIES:


American Bar Association
Texas State Bar
Frisco Bar Association
Dallas Bar Association
Plano Bar Association
Collin County Bar Association
Delta Theta Phi
Moot Court Honor Society
COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIPS, VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATIONS, HONORS:
Wylie Public Arts Board Chairman, 2007 present
Mock Trial Judiciary Committee
Graduation Speaker Texas Wesleyan School of Law
National Adoption Day Volunteer
Moot Court Judge
Mock Trial Judge
Plano and Allen Pro Bono Clinics
PUBLICATIONS:
Back to Basics Recognizing Product Liability Cases

What qualifications or experience do you have that distinguishes your candidacy?


I have done the job for more than three years now. I have done exactly as I said that I
would do when I ran for office (open and accessible government, cut the growth of government, and cut taxes). 25 years of military experience, including 12 years at the joint
level, the political-military level experience.

What are the three most important issues that you hope to address if elected?
1.
2.
3.

Protect our $900 million during the legislative session in 2011


Steer a course through the continuing recession that will require at least two more
years of tight budgets
Continue the never-ending vigilance against ever-increasing government taxes and
intrusion

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BARNETT WALKER

Candidate
County Court at Law #3
MILITARY VETERAN
Barnett Walker is a Gulf War veteran who retired as one of the
most decorated Senior Master Sergeants in the Air Force. He
spent the majority of his 22 year career working for various
Joint Military Units including, U.S. Central Command, U.S.
Readiness Command and the U.S. Special Operations Command. He has traveled extensively performing classified
operations throughout the world including Korea, Bosnia,
Germany, Honduras, Egypt, Turkey, United Kingdom, Saudi
Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq. Prior to retiring he supervised over
80 people and a $100 million dollar program that was responsible for detecting missile launches and nuclear weapon
testing and detonations around the globe.
EDUCATIONAL PURSUIT
The long hours and constant travel did not deter him from pursuing his educational goals. He attended night and
weekend classes at the University of Tampa, University of Maryland, Regis University, and Columbia College
where he eventually graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Criminal Justice and a cumulative 3.95
grade point average.
LAW SCHOOL HONORS
Barnett received his Juris Doctorate from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. While attending law school he was twice chosen to participate in the National Criminal Moot Court Championship, which pits
the brightest law students in the nation to present legal arguments in front of Justices of the California Supreme
Court. In 2002, Barnett was on the winning National Team, which also placed 2nd in the "Best Brief Category."
In 2003, he was selected as the "Best Oral Advocate" from among the 100 competitors nationwide. This coveted
award is presented to the one individual with the best presentation and legal argument.
Barnett also won numerous other accolades while at SMU including: Order of Barristers, Board of Advocates
"Masters Level" honors. He was a student member of the Mac Taylor Inn of Court, Director of Judging for the
Board of Advocates, and Vice-President of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. He served as a student attorney for the Legal Aid of Northwest Texas where he provided legal services to indigent local residents.
ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY
After graduation he joined the Collin County District Attorney's Office where he quickly became known for his
legal prowess, stellar trial presentations, and impeccable work ethic. He was promoted to Court Chief and later
to felony prosecutor where he was assigned to the Crimes Against Children Division. There he worked closely
with victims, their families, and law enforcement to incarcerate dangerous sexual predators. Among the cases
he tried was State of Texas v. Glen Bracy who received four consecutive life sentences. This is thought to be
one of the longest sentences handed down in Collin County.
Barnett has prosecuted everything from petty theft to murder, including the well-publicized case of the State of
Texas v. Albert Sterling, where an Allen man was found guilty of hiring a hit man to kill his eight month pregnant
wife. The three week trial was heavily covered by the news media including Dallas Morning News columnist,
Tiara Ellis, who called it the most exciting trial she has covered.
PRIVATE PRACTICE
Barnett knows that not everyone charged with a crime is actually guilty. After leaving the District Attorney's
Office he opened his own law practice and quickly became known for the same tenacity and attention to detail
that he displayed as a prosecutor. His tireless efforts have directly led to numerous dismissals or acquittals in
cases ranging from sexual assault, burglary, assault family violence, driving while intoxicated, and drug charges.
He is often hired by other attorneys as a consultant or to assist them in complex trials. Barnett has performed

What qualifications or experience do you have that distinguishes your candidacy?


I have lived in Collin County for 40 years. My business and Civic experience have given
me the ability to work with cities, schools, Chambers and the college across Collin
County. I believe in partnerships and working together to improve the quality of life for all
citizens of Collin County.

What are the three most important issues that you hope to address if elected?
Criminal Justice is a first priority for the County Judge. He must make sure there are resources to protect our citizens. Economic Development is critical to broadening our tax
base. Transportation is also critical to continuing our growth.

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CHRYSTI BRYANT

Candidate
Collin County Court at Law #4
Judicial Philosophy
Chrysti Bryant believes in strictly applying the law to
the facts of each case and will not legislate from the
bench. As your new Judge in County Court at Law No.
4, Chrysti will uphold the highest ethical standards, as
she has done throughout her legal career.
Anyone who appears before her will receive a full opportunity to present their case. However, frivolous lawsuits will not be tolerated.
Education
Chrysti Bryant received her undergraduate degree in business administration from The
University of Texas at Arlington and her legal education from Texas Wesleyan University
School of Law. Chrysti served as a member of the Law Review. While in law school, she
worked as an intern with the Tarrant County District Attorneys Office, Appellate Section.
Legal Experience
Chrysti Bryant is a civil trial attorney who has distinguished herself by defending those
who have been targeted by personal injury lawsuits. She has been involved in numerous
cases ranging from minor automobile accidents to complex multi-party litigation. Chrysti
previously worked alongside law enforcement as an attorney with the Texas Department
of Public Safety suspending the drivers licenses of drunk drivers.
Chrysti is a member of the Collin County Bar Association and the Collin County Bench
Bar Foundation. Chrysti is admitted to practice before the United States District Court in
the Northern District, Southern District and Eastern District of Texas.
Community Involvement

What qualifications or experience do you have that distinguishes your candidacy?


Only candidate in Republican primary to have served you as judge, prosecutor, and attorney; been selected by fellow attorneys as a Texas SuperLawyer (Texas Monthly, 2004,
2005)

What are the three most important issues that you hope to address if elected?
I will focus resources on prosecuting crimes against children, sexual and domestic assault, and drunk driving. More intensive monitoring of sex offenders, especially pedophiles

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Chrysti currently serves as the Precinct Chair of Precinct 58 for the Collin County Republican Party. She is a committee Chair and member of the Plano Republican Womens
Club. Chrysti formerly volunteered with the City of Plano Teen Court program and Legal
Aid of Northwest Texas. She is an active member of Faith Church of Plano and works
with its youth ministry and small group ministry.

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Chrysti has been married to Bruce Bryant for more than 16 years. They live in Plano with
their three children: Collin, Hannah and Allison.

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LINDA WYNN DRAIN


Candidate
County Court at Law #4

The conservative principles of personal responsibility and


strict interpretation of the law are Linda's beliefs. Managing
a Fiscally Responsible Court-room and Docket is a function
of applying these principles. Accomplishing these common
sense goals serves every citizen in her Court and every
taxpayer of Collin County.
She is a woman who has always possessed strong professional and moral principles. Lindas devotion to personal
and professional integrity, make her the ideal candidate to serve on the bench for County
Court at Law 4.
Lindas legal experience includes criminal, civil, family, juvenile, personal injury, and wills
& probate law. She is a skilled trial attorney and negotiator. Linda is conservative, fair,
kind, compassionate, objective, hard working, loyal, and she is well liked and respected
by her peers, adversaries and judges.
At a young age, Linda was taught the importance of public service and giving back.
Since moving to Collin County in 1996, Linda has been an integral part of the community.
As judge, she will devote herself to public service and to paving the way and lighting the
path for those who come after her.

What qualifications or experience do you have that distinguishes your candidacy?


I am Board Certified in Criminal Law and have extensive experiance trying hundreds of
cases as a Federal and State Prosecutor.
What are the three most important issues that you hope to address if elected?
1.
2.
3.

Pro-active on fighting crime


Seek Justice all the time
Instill confidence in our community regarding our justice system

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MATTHEW GOELLER
Candidate
County Court at Law #4

My mission is simple: I know the law. I am the only candidate for


this position who is Board Certified in Criminal Law and I have
more than 20 years experience as both Prosecutor and Defense
Attorney. I humbly wish to serve Collin County with my knowledge,
extensive experience, and community leadership. I am honored
for the opportunity to run for the office of Judge for Collin County Court at Law #4 to represent the community with ethical and responsible integrity. If elected, I will run a fiscally
conservative court with a strict and well informed interpretation of the law.
Collin County resident for 23 years. Married to Kathleen Goeller for 24 years; 2 children. Board Certified in Criminal Law by the State Bar of Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Partner in Grubbs, Goeller & Associates. Former Precinct Chair, Collin County
Republican Party. Criminal Law Instructor, Collin College & University of Texas at Dallas
for past 23 years. Former instructor for Texas Judicial Training Center. Former member of
Board of Directors of Hope's Door (Collin County Women's Shelter). Lecturer for Texas
District and County Attorney's Association, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association,
Collin County Bar Association, Collin County Criminal Defense Attorney's Association,
Collin County Law Enforcement Academy, & CASA of Collin County.

What qualifications or experience do you have that distinguishes your candidacy?


Former Prosecutor in Dallas and Collin Counties. On the Board of the Collin County
Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Endorsed by the Collin County Deputies Association.
What are the three most important issues that you hope to address if elected?
1.
2.
3.

Budget
Assault Family Violence
DWI

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DAVID RIPPEL

Candidate
County Court at Law #4
From an early age I was taught the importance of hard work,
perseverance and service. I have a strong belief in personal
honor that has always guided my decisions. As a young man I
achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and graduated from high
school.
After high school, I attended and paid for my own education at
Louisiana State University. At LSU, I graduated with BBA in
Economics. After graduating, I entered the U.S. Army and
attended the Officers Candidate School at Ft. Benning, receiving my commission as a second lieutenant. I served as combat
Engineer and upon my release I entered the U.S. Army Reserves.
I also took the Law School Admissions Test and entered Southern University Law Center. I graduated with a Juris Doctor degree and began the practice of law. I was offered and accepted a judicial clerkship. During my clerkship, I discussed cases and case law with judge, helped write opinions, and assisted with docketing cases. Few attorneys get this opportunity and it provides me with
a unique understanding of court administration.
After completing my judicial clerkship I began the private practice of law with an emphasis on trial
work in civil and criminal cases. I moved to Dallas and married my wife Laura. While I was preparing for the Texas Bar Exam I worked at the Office of General Counsel for the Social Security Administration. Upon admission to the Texas Bar I resumed my private practice. I have been practicing law since 1996.
In January 2003 I was called to service in support of Iraqi Freedom and Operation Noble Eagle. My
son, Ben, was born on May 29th 2003. I served two years and returned home to restart my practice.
During my military career, I have served as a company commander and a battalion commander. As
a commander I was required to use my discretion in making decisions of whether an offense should
be charged and how offenders should be punished. The army provided leadership training and I
am a graduate from the Combined Arms Services Staff School and the Command and General
Staff College. My combined service now exceeds twenty years, and I will soon be promoted to
lieutenant colonel.
My daughter Catherine was born on July 3, 2007. I am very proud of my family.
I am a conservative Republican who believes in tough and fair enforcement of the law and strict
interpretation. I have worked at many of our Lincoln Day Dinner events and served as a delegate to
the Republican State Convention in 2006 and 2008. I have served as a vice president in the Collin
County Republican Mens Club four times. As a volunteer David has worked on many campaigns
walking, posting signs and working phone banks for fellow Republicans. Most recently, I worked on
the phone bank for the McCain/Palin Campaign.
Other Accomplishments:
President for Plano West Rotary, 2008
Member of Scottish Rite, 2008
Member of Plano Chamber of Commerce
United States Supreme Court, admitted to the bar, 2000
The Supreme Court of Texas, admitted to the bar, 1998
United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, admitted to the bar, 1997
The Louisiana State Supreme Court, admitted to the bar, 1996
Member of the Collin County & Dallas Bar Associations

What qualifications or experience do you have that distinguishes your candidacy?


I am the only candidate who has the most unique experience of being a Police Officer,
Prosecutor, Army Officer and Defense Attorney.
What are the three most important issues that you hope to address if elected?
1.
2.
3.

Shortage of Prosecutors
Re-establishing Police/Prosecutor Relationships
Creation of DWI Prosecution Unit

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JAY BENDER

Candidate
Collin County Court at Law
#6

School.

Jay Bender is not a Native Texan,


but he got here as soon as he
could. Mr. Bender attended Spring
Valley Elementary, Northwood Jr.
High (now the RISE Academy) and
graduated from Richardson High

Mr. Bender then followed his family tradition that stems back to the American Revolutionary War and enlisted in the U. S. Navy. He attended Austin College in Sherman, Texas
while serving in the Reserves.
After graduating cum laude with a double major in Business Administration and Economics from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, Mr. Bender was recruited by Andersen Consulting. He worked there for two years before starting his own consulting practice.
Mr. Bender then decided to matriculate into law school. During law school Mr. Bender
was honored by his classmates when he was elected President of their Student Bar Association. Upon graduating from law school, Mr. Bender was bestowed many honors and
accolades including the most prestigious St. Mary's University wide award, the Presidential Award.
Upon graduating from law school, Mr. Bender was employed as an Assistant Criminal
District Attorney in Dallas County under D.A. Bill Hill. He quickly rose through the ranks
having proven his trial skills to the level of Felony 2.
Mr. Bender then became an Assistant Criminal District Attorney in Collin County for The
Honorable John Roach. While working for Judge Roach he married a Marine brat,
Lynn. Jay then opened his own private practice to better support his family. This allowed
him to expand his areas of practice into family law, civil law, and business law in addition
to criminal law. He is also General Counsel to Counterterror Training and Consulting, Inc.
which provides training to law enforcement and military members in fighting terrorism.

What qualifications or experience do you have that distinguishes your candidacy?


The breadth of my legal experience distinguishes my candidacy. Ive prosecuted and
defended criminal cases and litigated civil and family law matters. A former municipal
court judge, I was Foreman of the Grand Jury in 2008 and I am certified to handle death
penalty cases.
What are the three most important issues that you hope to address if elected?
1.
2.
3.

Making the 296th Court a fully operational court by hearing family, civil and criminal
cases (currently the 296th Court only hears family and civil cases)
Getting cases to trial faster while still ensuring justice;
Working full-time to maximize judicial economy and county resources.

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DON HIGH

Candidate
County Court at Law #6
Professional:
Graduate of Baylor University, BBA in accounting and
finance, 1982
Graduate of Baylor Law School, 1985
Licensed by Supreme Court of Texas, 1985
Licensed by Supreme Court of New York, 1987
Board Certified, Criminal Law, 1991 to present
Assistant District Attorney for Collin County, 19881993
Private practice with Grubbs, High, Goeller and Associates, 1993-2002 (with emphasis on criminal defense)
Private practice, Law Offices of Don High: 2002 to present (with emphasis on general practice of law)
City Prosecutor for City of Wylie, 1995 to present
Handled more than 300 jury trials and more than 700 trials to a judge
Republican Party:
Precinct Chair Election Judge Counsel to Republican Party chairman, Buddy Ragley,
1997-1999
Participant in several Lincoln Day Dinner events Participant in Florence Shapiro's
"Governor for a Day" ceremony, 2005
Active in all levels of campaigns including traveling to Nevada in national election of
George Bush, 2004, as a member of the Mighty Texas Strike Force
Civic:
Participant in Live From Plano/Collin County, 1997-2006
Board member/Treasurer of Live from Plano Graduate of Leadership Plano, class
24, 2007
Participant in scholarship event for Connor Harrington Republican Women's Club
Personal:
Married to Shyla High, M.D.
20-year Plano resident
Member, First Baptist Church, Allen
Brown belt, Tae Kwon Do
Toastmasters, Certified Toastmaster, CTM
Enjoys performing in local theater

What qualifications or experience do you have that distinguishes your candidacy?


I have experience in all areas handled by this court civil, criminal, and family.
I am the only candidate in my race with death penalty, juvenile, and family law experience.
What are the three most important issues that you hope to address if elected?

Relationship between the Commissioners Court and Board of Judges


implementing innovative docket control procedures; technology
Indigent Defense process for Collin County inmates

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TERRI GREEN

Candidate
County Court at Law #6
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
South Texas College of Law Doctor of Jurisprudence, Deans
List, 1989
University of Texas at El Paso B.B.A., 1977
Tyler Junior College Associate Degree 1975
HONORS AND AWARDS
One of 21 Leaders for Collin County in the 21st Century by
Inside Collin County Business
Chairmans Award Recipient Frisco Chamber of Commerce
The George T. Barrow Award for 1989 given by the Dean for most
outstanding prospective attorney from the graduating class of South Texas College of Law
Oralist National Administrative Law Varsity Moot Court Competition 7th Place Brief Dayton,
Ohio
Best Oralist Garland R. Walker, Dunn, Kacal, Adams, Livingston, Pappas & Law Mock Trial
Competition
Leroy Jeffers Moot Court Competition 2nd Place Brief / 2nd Place Team
Deans List for Scholastic Achievement South Texas College of Law
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE (Past and Present)
United States Supreme Court Washington D.C.
U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas
All Texas State Courts
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
State Bar of Texas
Frisco Bar Association
Certified Ad Litem (Probate, Civil and Family Courts)
Collin County Bar Association
Frisco Area Republican Womens Club
Conner Harrington Republican Womens Club
Junior League of Plano
Frisco Rotary Club
COMMUNITY SERVICE
Appointed General Counsel Collin County Republican Party, September 2007 August 2009
Conner Harrington Republican Womens Club 1st VP of Programs, October 2007
Member, Board of Directors, Frisco Chamber of Commerce, January 2007 January 2009
Attorney in Charge for Ballot Integrity, Collin County Republican Party
Volunteer Teen Court Judge, Plano, Texas March 2006 Present
Chairman, John Weinberg Golf Tournament at Craig Ranch, Frisco Chamber of Commerce, September 2007
Tournament Chairman, American Jr. Golf Association, Atlanta, Georgia, February 2006
Member, Board of Directors/General Counsel Texas Jr. Golf Tour, August, 2004
President, Caddy Club, Centennial High School golf team, September 2006
Legal Advisor/Coach Centennial High School Mock Trial Team, November 2005
Commissioner, Collin County Grand Jury, July 2006 December 2006
Chairman, Teen Court Project, September 2005 June 2006 Frisco Chamber of Commerce
Leadership Class No. 9

What qualifications or experience do you have that distinguishes your candidacy?


I am the only candidate endorsed by every major law enforcement association in Collin
County, as well as the Texas Home School Coalition.
What are the three most important issues that you hope to address if elected?
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Increased use of technology to further streamline our court system.


Looking for ways to help close the gap between what law students are taught in law
school, and what they need to be practicing lawyers.
Look for more opportunities to encourage people to come observe our courts in action so they have a better understanding of how our courts work.

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