Republicans to nominate judge candidate

by Senator Blutarsky, 8/9/14 –

And some wonder why a person will spend $70,000 to get reelected to a non-paying political party post ?

sometimes a “prince” wants to rule their own little fiefdom…..


From The Weatherford Democrat, by Judy Sheridan, 08/ 07/14

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The County Executive Committee of the Parker County Republican Party will meet Tuesday to select a candidate for the position of County Court at Law No. 2 judge, a position voters will fill during the November election.

The position was formerly held by Judge Ben Akers, who died last month after a lengthy illness. Visiting Judge Don Chrestman, who retired from Parker County’s 43rd District Court in 2010, has been assigned to fill the position temporarily.

The only way to be on the November ballot is through appointment of the CEC, which will pick a single nominee for the party, according to Parker County Republican Chair Zan Prince.

Seven attorneys have applied for the position and been interviewed by the Republican Nominations Committee: Phil Trew, Curtis Jenkins, Lynn Johnson, Mark Harden, Tim Mendolia, William Cantrell and Bernard Suchocki. The Democrat obtained applications and questionnaires submitted by the potential candidates.

Trew, 50, a private practice attorney, graduated from South Texas College of Law in 1991 with a juris doctorate. He has worked in Weatherford since 1995, handling family, criminal defense, real estate, probate and general litigation  matters and serves as municipal judge for the cities of Aledo and Willow Park.

About 40 percent of Trew’s litigation has involved criminal cases, 35 percent domestic relations and 15 percent general civil cases. 

Half of Trew’s court appearances have been in district court and half in county court. He has tried five felonies to jury verdict, eight misdemeanors to jury verdict, eight non-family civil cases to jury verdict and approximately 40 family law contested matters to judgement, all non-jury.

Trew served as a precinct chair/election judge for the Parker County Republican Party from 2006-2014. He was 2012 Volunteer of the Year of the Parker County Republican party.

William Cantrell, 56, has been a self-employed practitioner of law in Weatherford since 1988. He graduated with a J.D. from Texas Tech University in 1984. Cantrell served as assistant county attorney and then as county attorney for Parker County between 1984 and 1988.

About 50 percent of Cantrell’s litigation has involved domestic relations, 30 percent criminal cases and 10 percent general civil cases.

During the last decade his primary area of practice has been in non-jury litigation, including divorce, custody, adoptions, terminations, civil litigation debt collection defense and ad litem representation. 

Cantrell did not specify the percent of his court appearances in district court and county court. He has tried an unspecified number of jury trials to conclusion, both criminal and civil.

Cantrell served on the Weatherford Board of Adjustments from 2000 to 2004. He is a member of New River Fellowship Church in Hudson Oaks.

Tim Mendolia, 46, is managing partner of the law offices of Mayo Mendolia & Vice, LLP in Willow Park, a general practice serving businesses and individuals. He graduated from Baylor University of Law in 1994 with a J.D.

In private practice about 40 percent of Mendolia’s litigation has been criminal cases, 35 percent general civil cases and 25 percent domestic relations.

About 70 percent of his court appearances have been in district court, with 30 percent in county court. He has tried approximately 60 cases in courts of record to verdict, of which 15-20 were jury.

Mendolia is a board member and committee chair of Business Development Group of Aledo and a board member and founder of North Texas Bulldogs Baseball Club. 

Curtis Jenkins, 56, is a staff attorney for the Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth. He is a 1994 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, where he earned his J.D.

Jenkins served as an assistant county attorney in Parker County from 1995-1996 and as an assistant district attorney Tarrant County Criminal District from 1997-2005 handling appellate matters. He was a founding partner of Eggleston, Flowers, Jenkins & Key and has served as municipal court judge for the City of Aledo from 2006-2008.

One hundred percent of Jenkins’ court appearances have been in appellate court in recent years. 

About 90 percent of his litigation has been in criminal cases, with 10 percent in general civil cases. He tried about a dozen Parker County jury trials to verdict.

Jenkins ran unsuccessfully for judge of Parker County Court at Law No. 2 in the GOP primary in 2004, and currently serves as a Republican precinct chair.

Lynn Johnson, 54, who has served as Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace since 2010, earned her J.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1984. She is also an attorney/shareholder of Law, Snakard & Gambill, which specializes in civil litigation and probate law.

About 35 percent of her litigation has been in general civil cases, 35 percent in probate/trust and 15 percent in personal injury. 

Few cases went to trial prior to 2010, when she became a J.P.

Half of Johnson’s court appearances have been in district court and half in county court. 

She won the March 2014 primary defeating Bernard Suchocki and will be the Republican candidate for J.P. No. 4 judge in November. She serves as parliamentarian for the Aledo AdvoCats and as vice president of public relations for Bush Legacy Republican Women.

Bernard Suchocki, 72, is a board certified personal injury trial attorney with a private practice in Willow Park. He earned his J.D. from South Texas College of Law in Houston in 1981.

About 65 percent of Suchocki’s litigation has been in personal injury (for the defendant) and 10 percent in personal injury (for the plaintiff). About 18 percent has been in general civil law. 

He has tried about 100 cases in courts of record to verdict, 70 percent of which were jury trials.

About 65 percent of his court appearances have been in district court and 35 percent in county court.

A former NASA engineer who trained Apollo astronauts in the area of guidance and control, Suchocki was a participant in the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the Apollo XIII Missions Operations Team. He is a former council member and planning and zoning commissioner for the City of Willow Park. 

Mark Harden, 50, graduated with a J.D., Magna Cum Laude, from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in 1997, Law Review. He was an associate in a personal injury and civil litigation practice in Arlington until 2000, when he started his own practice in Weatherford.

About 80 percent of Harden’s litigation has been in probate, guardianship and mental commitments, with 10 percent in domestic relations and 10 percent in general civil.

He has tried approximately 120 cases in courts of record to verdict, of which 116 were non-jury.

About 95 percent of Harden’s court appearances have been in county court, with about 5 percent in district court.

Harden is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Texas Association of Realtors. He has served as the vice president of a family-owned cutting horse operation and is currently on the board of directors and a judge for the National Cutting Horse Association.

Selection process

In choosing the Republican candidate for the Nov. 4 ballot, the County Executive Committee, which includes Party Chair Zan Prince and precinct chairs from each county precinct — per Texas Election Code — will review the recommendations of the Nominations Committee, which includes Dennis Thompson, Judy James, Dottie Worthington and ex offico member Prince.

The specifics of the process leading to the nomination will be determined Aug. 12 by the CEC, Prince said, while operating under the Texas Election Code, Robert’s Rules of Order, Rules of the Republican Party of Texas and supplemental rules adopted by the CEC.

“I can’t tell you what will happen,” Prince said. “We’ll conduct a meeting, determine rules and make a nomination. I expect to have a vote.”

The vote could be a voice vote or a secret ballot, she said, depending on what the CEC decides. 

Parker County has 44 precincts, but as of Aug. 5, just 31 Republican precinct chairs were listed on the Texas Secretary of State’s website. They are:

Pct. 100, Landon Caleb Bruce; Pct. 105, Marsha Kay Hardin; Pct. 110 Brian Paul Fitzgerald; Pct. 111 Zachary Dale Simpson; Pct. 120 Todd Christopher Huse; Pct. 125 Jimmie Priddy Gregory; Pct. 130 Darrel John Russell; Pct. 135 Michael R. Lowe; Pct. 140 John Craig Miller; Pct. 215 Virginia “Jennie” Marlene Little; Pct. 225 Nelda Ann Keeling; Pct. 230 Loree Johnson Long; Pct. 235 Susan L. Freeman; Pct. 245 Frances Yvonne Alton; Pct. 250 MerryLynn Gerstenschlager; Pct. 300 Judith Ann James; Pct. 305 Dottie M. Worthington; Pct. 310 Donna Jones Couch; Pct. 315 Evon L. Markum; Pct. 335 Robert Marion Estes; Pct. 350 Robin Conger Gentry; Pct. 400 Marvin Ray Herring; Pct. 405 Janifer F. Barton; Pct. 410 Kala A. Ash; Pct. 415 Carole Jean Elston; Pct. 420 Michael Comer Olcott; Pct. 425 Betty L. Reinert; Pct. 430 George Preston McGee; Pct. 435 Curtis James Jenkins; Pct. 440 Ellen G. Woodward; and Pct. 450 John Gregory Grant.

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One response

  1. Senator_Blutarsky

    And some wonder why a person will spend $70,000 to get reelected to a non-paying political party post ?

    sometimes a “prince” wants to rule their own little fiefdom…..

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