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Seven candidates vie for JP office

first_img Facebook Previous articleCity plans attorney replacementNext articleFive things you need to know today, Feb. 8 admin Local NewsGovernment Facebook Pinterest Twitter 2018 Election Facts First day of early voting: Feb. 20.Last day of early voting: March 2.Election Day: March 6. Seven candidates vie for JP officecenter_img By admin – February 8, 2018 Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Top row from left: Steven Westfall, Sheryl Jones, Missi Walden.Bottom row from left: Matthew Stringer, Marvin Jennings, Gary Dunda. Not pictured: Jet Brown. Voters are going to have a plethora of names to sort through in the upcoming March primary, particularly in the race for the Ector County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace position, which has seven different candidates vying for the vacant seat.The seat became vacant in early January after Judge Christopher Clark resigned the position to fill the seat of County Court at Law No. 2, which itself was vacated in late December following the resignation of Judge Scott Layh.Clark said he felt the need to assume the position as soon as possible due to the possible backlog that could occur should it be left vacant for too long. While Precinct 2 Senior Deputy Clerk Nicki Palmer said the vacant Justice of the Peace seat hasn’t suffered from too much of a backlog as of yet since Clark left the position, that could change should county commissioners not fill it soon. However, with seven candidates running to fill that seat, it’s tough to say if it may be filled before the March primary, and with seven candidates, it’s likely there will be a runoff election in May.Justices of the Peace handle class C misdemeanor cases, like traffic tickets, and small claim civil cases with a jurisdictional limit of $10,000, like land lord and tenant disputes.The seven candidates running for the vacant seat are Missi Walden, Sheryl Jones, Matt Stringer, Jet Brown, Gary Dunda, Steven Westfall and Marvin Jennings.Missi Walden said she is the most qualified of the seven, as she holds the most experience in a courtroom. Walden has served as a court coordinator for the past 13 years, most recently in Judge John Smith’s 161st District Court for the last seven years, and worked as a legal assistant for 14 years prior at the law firm of Shafer, Davis, O’Leary & Stoker, Inc.“With the district courts, I’ve scheduled all the hearings and managed the court,” Walden said. “I know how things should be run. That definitely gives me a step up from my opponents, who have never been in courtrooms to see how hearings are held.”Candidate Marvin Jennings said he has been in a courtroom and he’s experienced both sides of the court system. Jennings has been both a plaintiff and a defendant and wants to bring that experience to the judge’s seat.Jennings had a number of charges throughout the ‘90s when he was in his late 20s with jail records from Tom Green County showing he was charged with several offenses, including assault, injury to a child and theft. But Jennings said he was not convicted on any of those charges, which were dismissed, and said he made some bad choices in his life after a bad divorce. He said he had also been on the plaintiff’s side of the courtroom as a landlord during tenant disputes for issues like evictions.“We’ve all got a few scars,” Jennings said. “I’ve just had some rough trails in life.”Currently, Jennings is the chief of the Gardendale Volunteer Fire Department and a lay pastor at West Texas Cowboy Church.While candidate Sheryl Jones doesn’t have experience working in a courtroom, she said she is better equipped to fill the position than her competitors due to her experience in law enforcement. Jones dealt with the courts when she was employed with the Odessa Police Department, working as a juvenile detective and an accident investigator. She says she has an eye for detail, as she worked on training the Texas Department of Public Safety on the Texas Criminal Information Center Database and the National Criminal Information Center database and running inquiries in those systems.Despite her background in law enforcement, she said she isn’t worried about showing any bias toward police in the courtroom.“I use common sense,” Jones said. “And there’s two sides to every story.”Matthew Stringer has no judicial experience, working at his family’s jewelry store Diamonds in Midland, but said he spent time studying the jurisdiction and responsibilities of the court, and has been involved with Texas legislature working as a delegate for the state Republican party, a delegate to the Republican National Convention, and was a Republican presidential elector for Texas’ 11th congressional district during the 2016 election.Stringer said his main goal is to increase accountability for the position, providing an annual report to people that shows what the office’s budget was, how much money they spent and how many cases they handled, to show what the taxpayer’s money goes towards.“I want to make the court accountable to the people it serves,” Stringer said. “I think that will help boost taxpayer confidence in our local government.”Gary Dunda, while not directly working with law enforcement, previously campaigned to be Ector County Sheriff and is a former game warden in Ector County. He said he’s running on a campaign of serving the public just as he did as a game warden, and is focused on tackling the backlog that may be piled up once someone takes the office.“I’ve always been interested in law of some sort, and when this came about, I thought it was one more thing I can do for the people of Ector County,” Dunda said. “I also want to serve the people just as I did as game warden: Fair, honest and impartial.”Candidate Steven Westfall said he will be available to citizens. This includes keeping his office open during lunchtime, as the Justice of the Peace offices currently close from noon to 1 p.m. when they are open Monday through Friday.“As a private process server, I’m constantly at the courthouse, and I noticed the JP’s office was usually always closed during lunch hour, and sometimes they’d be closed early,” Westfall said. “I want to make this position available to the public during those hours.”Westfall said to do this, he’d bring his own lunch or order something. But Palmer said this might be difficult, as the main door to the office is closed during lunch, and should Westfall want it to remain open, that would require the other justices of the peace to remain open as well.“He’s not the only JP in this office,” Palmer said. “So, coming in, you can’t basically make your own rules.”The final candidate, Jet Brown, said this position would fit in line with what he does now in the oil and gas industry. Brown said he was previously a consultant with ConocoPhillips for about 17 years, and is currently the CEO for Permian Truck and helping develop management systems for Warrior Crane Services.“I think I can bring efficiencies to the court system and what I did with Conoco and at Permian Trucking is take everything paperless,” Brown said.One common goal they had at ConocoPhillips was to protect the people in the oil and gas industry, and Brown said he would have that same mindset in protecting the people of Ector County should he be elected.“I want Odessa to be a good, safe place for our children to grow up in, and I don’t want them to leave,” Brown said.Election Day is March 6, with polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will also be early voting available from Feb. 20 to March 2.Just The Facts WhatsApp What: Justice of the Peace Precinct 2.How long: Four Years.Salary: $63,712; auto allowance – $5,050; fringe benefits – $28,578.last_img read more

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Lawmaker Pushes for Next Step in CFPB Reform

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago “Every government agency should be accountable to the elected representatives of ‘We the People’ and the CFPB should not be an exception to that rule,” said Jeb Hensarling, Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. “We have the Pentagon which is on budget. We have the Justice Department which is on budget. There is certainly no greater duty we have than to provide for the common defense, and we do not let the Pentagon write its own budget. We should not let the CFPB write its own budget. It is a base matter of congressional oversight and of Article I authority.”While any legislation that rolls back Dodd-Frank or proposes any changes to post-Wall Street financial reform is generally solidly divided among party lines, Barr said he expects the TABS Act to receive support from some of his Democratic colleagues who are not members of the House Financial Services Committee. Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: Economic Turbulence Plays Havoc with Consumer Confidence Next: GSE Mortgage Portfolio Wind Down Stays on Track Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago While Republicans have tried for the last five-plus years to roll back Dodd-Frank and have proposed various measures to reform the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) which was created from Dodd-Frank, their efforts have finally gained some traction in the last month or so.Now that his bill proposing a measure of CFPB reform has passed the House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Andy Barr (R-Kentucky) said the next step is for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) to schedule the bill for the House floor.Barr’s bill, H.R. 1486, known as the Taking Account of Bureaucrats’ Spending (TABS) Act of 2015, passed in the Committee earlier in April by a vote of 33 to 20. The TABS Act aims to make the CFPB more accountable to taxpayers and ensures effective oversight of the Bureau by Congress.In a public speech earlier this week, Barr explained the need for CFPB reform, saying “The CFPB has targeted your industry with inflammatory press releases, published complaints without any context and continues to hold over you the threat of regulatory action through policy guidance or unprecedented enforcement action.”The TABS Act authorizes an annual budget of $485.1 million for the CFPB, which is the same amount that CFPB Director Richard Cordray said was necessary to fund the Bureau for the most recent fiscal year, according to the Committee. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Lawmaker Pushes for Next Step in CFPB Reform Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago CFPB CFPB Reform Dodd-Frank Rep. Andy Barr 2016-04-26 Brian Honea Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Related Articlescenter_img The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago April 26, 2016 1,076 Views “Every government agency should be accountable to the elected representatives of ‘We the People’ and the CFPB should not be an exception to that rule.”Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), Chairman, House Financial Services Committee in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Tagged with: CFPB CFPB Reform Dodd-Frank Rep. Andy Barr Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post Lawmaker Pushes for Next Step in CFPB Reform About Author: Brian Honea Subscribelast_img read more

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India’s Delhi imposes 70% ‘corona tax’ on alcohol to deter large crowds

first_imgThe Delhi state government announced the “special corona fee” in a public notice late on Monday.”It was unfortunate that chaos was seen at some shops in Delhi,” said Arvind Kejriwal, the state’s chief minister.”If we come to know about violations of social distancing and other norms from any area, then we will have to seal the area and revoke the relaxations there,” he added.Other states, such as southern Andhra Pradesh, where people also violated social distancing measures to queue up in their hundreds for alcohol, also hiked prices. Officials in India’s capital imposed a special tax of 70% on retail liquor purchases from Tuesday, to deter large gatherings at stores as authorities ease a six-week lockdown imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus.Taxes on alcohol are a key contributor to the revenue of many of India’s 36 states and federal territories, most of which are running short of funds because of the lengthy disruption in economic activity caused by the virus.Police baton-charged hundreds of people who had flocked to liquor shops when they opened on Monday for the first time in a relaxation of the world’s biggest lockdown, which is set to run until May 17. Topics :center_img The increases come as India reported 3,900 new infections on Tuesday for its highest single day rise, taking the tally to 46,432. The death toll stood at 1,568, the health ministry said.Health experts said the daily increase shows India remains at risk despite a severe lockdown that has confined its population of 1.3 billion to their homes since late March, with all public transport halted and economic activity nearly frozen.”The curve has not shown a downward trend. That is cause for concern,” said Dr Randeep Guleria, director of New Delhi’s premier All-India Institute of Medical Sciences.India’s average daily increase in cases has been 6.1 over the past week, behind Russia and Brazil but higher than Britain, the United States and Italy.The biggest spikes were recorded in the western states of Maharashtra, home to India’s commercial capital of Mumbai, and Gujarat as well as Delhi. These densely populated urban centres drive India’s economy, powered by armies of migrant workers.Government officials said the lockdown had helped avert a surge of infections that could have overwhelmed medical services, however.Now cases are doubling every 12 days, up from 3.4 days when the lockdown began, said Lav Agarwal, a joint secretary in the health ministry.”Lockdown and containment are yielding results, the challenge is now to improve on the doubling rate,” he added.last_img read more

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Television presenter and sports commentator Victoria Carthew has sold up

first_imgVictoria Carthew and her husband Jon Bryant have sold theirHawthorne home.IT’s taken almost six months, but television presenter and sports commentator Victoria Carthew has finally done a deal on her Hawthorne home.The house at 70 Coventry St was listed in May and went to auction on June 17.Property records now reveal it sold on December 11 for $1.445 million.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by 70 Coventry St, Hawthorne.Carthew, who is also a presenter for Channel 7’s Queensland Weekender, and her husband Jon Bryant about 13 years ago.At the time of listing Carthew said it had been a real family home for them and their three children.The home was listed through Simon Dean of Place Bulimba.70 Coventry St, Hawthorne.It had four bedrooms and was on 810sq m of land. The home was recently renovated and had high ceilings, VJ walls and original polished timber floors.The property, known as Braeside, has a swimming pool and is on the hill at Hawthorne.last_img read more

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