HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) - Two former co-workers are vying for Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 in Angelina County.
Pat Grimes Grubbs is running for the seat that currently belongs to Bradley Stringer, who is seeking re-election.
Huntington and Zavalla make up most of Precinct 3 which is the largest JP precinct after commissioners voted to combine JP precincts 3 and 4 several years ago.
Angelina County native Pat Grimes Grubbs is running on the Republican ticket for the Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 seat after she was terminated from her clerk position in the JP's office in July 2013 by current Justice of the Peace Bradley Stringer.
"I'm not interested in mudslinging. The only thing that I want that people to know is that I think I am the best candidate for the job," Grubbs said.
Grubbs' father is a retired JP. She's got 16 years of experience in the JP's office under her belt, and says the work is in her blood
"I've always been in the public, and I enjoy that, and I've always felt good about the job and position I did and meeting and greeting the people," Grubbs said.
If elected, Grubbs already has ideas she wants to bring to the bench.
"I'm going to be a full-time judge," Grubbs said. "Our office hours will be from 8 to 5, and I plan on doing a hands on approach."
Current JP Bradley Stringer considers himself a Republican but is running as a write-in candidate because he missed the deadline to run in the primary in May after his application fee to the Republican Party was returned.
Stringer said he is the right person for the position because he genuinely cares about the people.
"My track record speaks for itself and anybody that has dealt with me will tell you have have not had a bad experience so everybody that leaves out of that courtroom I try to make sure that it's something positive and that they can move on and go about their daily activities and be happy," Stringer said.
Stringer has been the Justice of the Peace in Precinct 3 for four years, and he said he's most proud of the progress with truancy.
"I keep a close relationship with the schools Zavalla and Huntington. As far as our truancy cases, our truancy percentage is extremely low," Stringer said.
Both candidates said they will be open and available to the public.
"It's going to be an open door policy where everybody will be able to come in and speak with the judge," Grubbs said.
"The positive changes is if you come into this office and want to talk to the judge, I'm going to take the time to talk with you," Stringer said.
Early voting ends on October 31. Election day is November 4.