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'Lady Justice' prevails as Burnet County elects four female JPs

Burnet Bulletin of Burnet, Texas

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During the May 24 election, Burnet County showed a slight increase of voters that turned out during early voting and the primary election day.

In the Justice of the Peace race, Roxanne Nelson victoriously safeguarded her position with Precinct 1 against Michael Horton by 82 votes while Debbie Bindseil notably beat her opponent, Coach Larry Berkman, by 156 votes.

"I am humbled by the people who worked on my campaign and who voted for me, the support I received is truly extraordinary," said Bindseil

Nelson filling the unexpired term of Calvin Boyd will continue to host the JPl seat, while Bindseil will take over the unexpired term for JP4 from Gil Jones in June.

"I was fortunate and blessed to have and opponent, who like me, ran a clean campaign and I wish him and his family the best," said Bindseil.

With Nelson and Bindseil taking the reins of JP 1 and JP 4, they join a team of distinguished women already in place and create a historical event.

"It's the first time in Burnet County history that all JP positions are held by women at the same time," said Peggy Simon, Justice of the Peace Precinct 3.

Simon, along with Judge Lisa Whitehead are no strangers to the duties that rest on the shoulders of a Justice of the Peace Judge.

Simon has held her position for the last 26 years, while

Judge Lisa Whitehead has sat as Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 for the last six years.

"It takes a long time to be a good judge, I still learn new things or things I want to change all the time," said Simon.

Being elected seven times in her 26-year reign, Simon said if she could do anything for the newly elected women; it would be to give them some advice as they continue on their journeys.

"01' Jim Cross once told me a long time ago, "Remember one thing, that you were elected, not appointed", working for the people is what we do,"

"And to always remember being a good judge takes patients, and respect," said Simon.

With the support of Burnet County voters, these Ladies of Justice will host their seats until 2018, at which time all four seats will be up for election.

Hannah Hazlewood, 20, of Burnet and a schoolteacher at Bluebonnet preschool, voted for the first time during the May 24 election.

"It felt good to vote for the first time, I was proud of myself to think my vote made a difference," said Hazlewood.

"The fact that all the JP positions are held by women is pretty exciting,"

"Teaching young children, I always try to remind them that they can be and do what they want when they grow up.



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Original Publication Date: June 1, 2016



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