Jeff Stanley is running for the office of Justice of the Peace in Precinct 4.

Jeff Stanley is running for the office of Justice of the Peace in Precinct 4.


"I am a native Grayson County resident and went to school in Howe, where I live and am mayor of the city. I have been married to my wife, Starr, for 22 years and we have three grown kids, Cassie, Sean and Rebecca and four grandchildren, Jordan, Madison, Alexis and Audrey, " Stanley said in a prepared statement.


"Over the past 20 years I have served Grayson County in several different capacities. I have been a baseball and basketball coach, Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader, Band Booster president, Athletic Booster president and served as an Ag Booster," he continued.


Stanley said he has owned or managed a business since the age of 19. He and his family are members of the Center Street Church of Christ. "This church was built by my grandfather, along with a couple of his friends, shortly after I was born. We are members of the Christian Motorcyclists Association, and help bring the Word of God to bikers that are in spiritual need. We are also members of the Patriot Guard Riders, honoring veterans," Stanley said.


He is currently serving his third term as mayor of the city of Howe. "I became mayor at a time that the city had no focus, leadership or respect. We had employees that could not work together. A fire department that couldn’t work with the police department, and a budget that was closing in on bankruptcy. We now have great employees that work together to find solutions to problems. The city has the respect of the surrounding cities, the county and state agencies. The city is putting money in the bank, and not bleeding out. And we are ready for new development."


Stanley said the duties of mayor are close to the duties of JP in several ways. "We both have administrative duties, deal with budgets and negotiate with people, both one-on-one, and in a council chamber or court room environment."


He said he believes that there are two issues that JP’s face. "One, once community service is handed out, where do the kids work off the hours? We are having a growing number of kids that can’t get their license, or are having their license suspended for not doing community service. The other, is for all the JPs, making sure that fine and bond amounts are the same for the entire county. I will work with the other JPs to eliminate these issues."


To learn more about Stanley’s campaign, find him on Facebook or visit http://jsforjp.com.