The following is a compilation of the unedited responses from James Abbott, candidate for Randall County Court-at-Law #2, to the 2018 Amarillo Pioneer Voter Guide Questionnaire. Abbott is running in the March 6th Republican primary against Amarillo attorneys Stewart R. Werner and Matt Martindale.
Randall County Court-at-Law #2
Why did you decide to run for office?
I saw a need for a judge that would apply my dad’s three simple rules for success. I love Randall County, and I want to work for it’s people. We have an opportunity to make this court greater, and I have the right experience for the job.
Please list any of your political, civic or non-profit experience.
I have been very active in my community. I have been a Lion for over 20 years. I am a Scottish Rite Mason, Shriner and Elk. I belong to these various civic organizations because I believe in working to make my community better.
What is your educational background?
I graduated from WTAMU in 1995 and Texas Tech School of Law in 1997. I am a member of the Texas State Bar College, which simply means that I do far more continuing legal education than is expected of me.
What experience do you have that qualifies you for this position?
My dad instilled a work ethic in me. He taught me three simply rules for success: always get to work early, always work until the job is done, and always do more than is expected. I have dedicated myself to applying these rules in my legal career and in being very successful in everything that I do. I always strive to make him proud. My law firm handles a wide variety of cases, such as those heard by the Randall County Court at Law #2, and I would be ready to start working for the people of Randall County on day 1.
How will you best represent the community that elected you?
I will represent the community by hearing cases quickly, applying the law to the facts and not creating law.
Are you supported by Amarillo Matters?
How are you better suited than your opponent(s) to serve in the position that you are running for?
Both of my opponents are good guys, but I will work harder than anyone to get the job done. This requires someone with experience in family, criminal, civil and probate law. I have nearly 20 years experience in these areas, yet I am young enough to put in the necessary hours to improve the court. I am not looking for a “retirement gig.” I want to dedicate myself to making Randall County greater. Anyone who goes to my law firm’s website will see that I have LOTS of happy customers. I am a VERY successful attorney because I get to work early, work until the job is done, and always do more than is expected of me.
Why should voters choose you on March 6th?
I am extremely disappointed that Randall and Potter Counties have decided to pay part-time judges to take nighttime warrant calls. This is the job of our elected judges, and they are paid well to take these calls. It doesn’t make sense to pay two people to do the job. I have told the voters that I will “answer the call” and save taxpayer money. Working with our other elected judges, we can save taxpayer dollars. I also want to create a special DWI docket to move the backlog in drunk driving cases. The current criminal docket has become backlogged and we need a judge that will dedicate himself to getting these cases moved judiciously. Finally, I want to create a Veterans Court docket to identify Veterans that have gotten off track and should not be treated as criminals, but rather, need some assistance in straightening out their lives. We have an opportunity to improve Randall County, and it will be EASY - so long as we elect the right judge, with the right experience, and the right work ethic.