The following is a compilation of the unedited responses from Democrat Claudia Griego, candidate for Potter County Justice of the Peace Pct. 2, to the 2018 Amarillo Pioneer Voter Guide Questionnaire. Griego is running against Republican Robert Taylor in the November election. Incumbent Republican Richard Herman is retiring.
Potter County Justice of the Peace
Why did you decide to run for office?
This is something I have considered doing for several years. I am a lifelong resident of Precinct 2 and feel we have not been properly represented in the past. I am very interested in the judicial system and very passionate about helping people and know that I can best relate to the people of my community.
Please list any of your political, civic or non-profit experience.
I have had the pleasure of helping people in some of their most difficult and stressful times. Everything I have done has been under the radar but I feel I have helped many and God has blessed me in return.
What is your educational background?
I attended Oakdale, Bowie and Caprock. Unfortunately I did not attend college, although working with a bail bond company for 20 years has given me extensive hands on experience working with the court system and law enforcement.
What experience do you have that qualifies you for this position?
As mentioned previously, I have 20 years hands on experience working with various courts on a daily basis. I track cases from their probable cause stage to completion of the cases. I work closely with the clerk's, prosecutors offices, judge's offices, attorneys and law enforcement while maintaining personal relationships with the citizen's of all communities and walk's of life.
How will you best represent the community that elected you?
My passion is not a position, my passion is helping people and I know that I can best relate to the people of my precinct. I am nonpartisan and compassionate yet firm when need be. I want to follow in stride with the great leaders of my precinct and help elevate East & Northeast Amarillo to be a more inclusive and productive community.
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?
This is a people's court and I feel that my opponents extensive law enforcement background will hinder his ability to be impartial. I feel I am an ordinary citizen who understands everyday Precinct 2 life and can better relate on a more personal level.
Why should voters choose you on November 6th?
I feel the true intentions of my heart will speak through. I am very content with my current career and I am not running because I want better for myself but because I want to help better the lives of others. I want to help the people of my community, especially the youth to strive to be the best they can be and to understand their worth. Precinct 2 has the capacity to change things not just for our community but for Amarillo as a whole. I will always have their best interest in mind and will do my best to make my Precinct proud.