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The Ellis County Press

ENNIS – Judge Bill Woody plans to run for a third four-year term in the Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace seat, but he might have company.

Since running unopposed in 2004 after his 2002 defeat of longtime JP Sue Schmidt, Woody could find his re-election race next fall features two opponents.

Schmidt has not made a final decision on seeking the JP slot she held for 22 years before Woody swept her out of office. She could join Libertarian Robert Guest in the race.

Filing for JP and other county offices begin Dec. 4 and end Jan. 4 for all political parties.

During his time on the bench, Woody, Schmidts former constable in the JP-1 office, has developed a close working relationship with local law enforcement agencies, as well as helped reduce truancy by 80 percent, he said.

Woodys tenure has been shadowed by the recent death of his wife, but thats not stopping his campaign from starting early. The primary elections are on Tuesday, March 2.

If Guest were to file, it would mark the first time in Ellis County history that a third-party candidate sought the office of JP.

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