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The Ellis County Press

ELLIS COUNTY - The long awaited day is coming to an end. Soon, Ellis County will have elected the new 40th District Court judge to replace Gene Knize as well as a new Justice of the Peace for Precinct 4 replacing current justice, Linda Sibley.

The Republican primary run-off election is Tuesday, April 13.

Candidates who win will more than likely take over in January 2010 unless an independent or libertarian candidate receives the majority of the vote during the general election Nov. 2.

All four local candidates were asked : "If you could make one last statement to your voters, what would it be and why?"

40th District Court

Bob Carroll, attorney

"As a true conservative judge, I will uphold the Constitution and never legislate from the bench.  All cases will be decided fairly and impartially.  I am the only candidate in this race with 10 years prior judicial experience.  Having resolved over 15,000 cases as a trial court judge in Ellis County, I have extensive experience in all major areas of criminal law, civil lawsuits, and family law matters.  As judge, I assure you that crime victims will be protected, and convicted criminal felons will be held accountable for their actions.  I would be honored to have your vote and serve as your next District Court Judge."

Cindy Ermatinger, attorney

"Ellis County needs a Judge that will be fair, that will follow the law and be fiscally responsible with your tax dollars. The 40th District Court is responsible for all felony criminal cases in Ellis County as well as civil matters.  It is extremely important that we have a judge that is highly experienced in felony practice.  I am the candidate with the most experienced in felony criminal law and my name is Cindy Ermatinger.  I would appreciate your vote."

Justice of the Peace Precinct 4

Steve Burnett, attorney

"The people’s court needs a judge that possesses a good knowledge of the law and common sense. 31 years as an attorney, small business man, husband and father have provided me that. Vote for 31 years legal experience."

Steve Egan, police officer


I have spent almost 30 years in law enforcement and I have known and worked with a large number of very good people in the law enforcement profession.  But I have also known and worked with a small number of people who have no business in the profession.  I say this because some voters feel that I will automatically side with law enforcement.  If I am elected to the position of Justice of the Peace, I will not automatically side with law enforcement.  The officers that appear in my court will have to prove their case against a citizen.  If an officer comes to me for an arrest or search warrant they must have clear probable cause or they will leave empty handed."

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