Jacqueline Peuttus has been nominated by the local Democratic Party and Susan Moore has been selected by the Republican Party to fill the position that was vacated by the resignation of Sylvia Valdez in early June.
The Goliad County Commissioners Court considered consolidating the position of Precinct 2’s Steve Kennedy before voting in August to fill the position in the Nov. 6 general election.
Peuttus, a lifelong resident of Goliad County, has been employed as a justice court clerk for eight years and is the chief justice court clerk for Precinct 2.
“My experience in the justice court provides me with great qualifications to serve as a justice of the peace,” Peuttus wrote to the Advance-Guard. “I am very aware that a good justice of the peace needs to have a strong belief concerning fair and impartial treatment of citizens. As a judge, I would do my absolute best to make all people feel they were treated in a courteous, fair and professional manner.”
Peuttus said she would try to improve communication and cooperation between county agencies.
“The justice of the peace needs a good working relationship with other county departments for the office to work properly,” Peuttus wrote. “I would make strong efforts to have those relationships.”
Moore has been a resident of Goliad County for 10 years. She has a degree in criminal justice and behavioral sciences and has served as a probation officer for three years and a parole officer for 15 years with six years in supervisory positions.
Moore currently works in the Texas Court System with mentally ill offenders upon their release from prison.
“When committed to living in a small community, I believe it is very important to be involved in community activities and organizations,” Moore wrote. “I have served on the Goliad City Council, was President of the Goliad Chamber of Commerce, have served on the Hotel/Motel Tax Board, the Economic Planning Board, the Golden Crescent Regional Planning Commission and am the Chairman of the Christmas In Goliad Craft Show. I am an active participant at the Trailhead Cowboy Church.”
Moore said she would emphasize fairness.
“As a mother and grandmother I believe that we must raise our children in a community that shows equality to all,” she wrote.