Candidate questionnaire for Victoria County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1 Democratic primary

Richard Castillo

Editor's note: To help voters learn more about the candidates, the Advocate is printing profiles provided by the League of Women Voters in contested races in the March 4 Democratic and Republican parties' primaries. Thursday's profile spotlights candidates for the Democratic Party nomination for Victoria County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1. The winner will be unopposed in the Nov. 4 general election.

Richard Castillo

Background and qualifications:

Twenty-five years of working in city and county government; currently JP1; attended 135 hours of justice of the peace training, 16 hours of inquest investigation from Travis County medical examiner. Licensed peace officer, firefighter, arson investigator, fire inspector and currently volunteers for Victoria County Fire Marshal Office as arson investigator.

Why you are seeking this office?

Seeking to keep current office to continue serving citizens of Victoria County Precinct 1 with integrity, compassion and fairness.

What improvements would you make in the administration of this office?

Continue building on what we have laid out in the last two years in office. Warrants that were held at our office are now at the sheriff's office.

Continue having our civil and criminal dockets heard in a timely manner. Keep with our failure-to-attend-school dockets weekly. Continue to work with the students to get them back on track with hours and also find new innovative ways to help our students find ways to be successful.

What ways could the 4 JPs work together to improve operations and/or save money?

The JPs work very closely together to make sure that the courts are ahead in a timely manner, and assist by providing support for information, procedures and rules.

JP 1 is now handling the warrants for all JPs and serves everyone without the expense of additional staff.

What challenges does the office of JP face and any ideas you have on how to resolve?

Continue to meet the high standards that we set for our court; continue planning for the growth in our community, so we can meet the needs as they present themselves through service and technology.

Mary Ann Estrada Rivera

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