A three-way race for the Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Republican primary is taking shape.
Incumbent Mary Tom Cravens Curnutt is vying for the job against former Arlington City Councilwoman and state legislator Barbara Nash and William Shane Nolen, an attorney who has been appointed to several Arlington boards and commissions, including the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Curnutt, 47, was appointed to the bench in May to fill the unexpired term of longtime Judge Linda Bierman Davis, who retired.
Curnutt said her she will draw on her recent experience as a judge to help her do the job.
“I want to continue to provide a fair and efficient court environment to people can come resolve simple cases,” she said.
Nash, 69, a paralegal and real estate investor, served on the City Council, the school board and as state representative for District 93. She said these experiences will help her adjudicate cases fairly if she is elected.
She said she wants to focus on truancy and eviction cases because they have a direct impact on families and the school district.
“I want to work on finding how many of these students want to attend school or if they want to quit, get their GED and go to work,” she said. “I don’t think we need to make criminals out of them.”
Nolen, 37, noted that he is the only lawyer in the race.
“We have two candidates that are unlicensed,” he said. “If I were on a plane, I wouldn’t want the baggage handler flying the plane. I would want a qualified, licensed pilot behind the controls in the cockpit. I am the only candidate who is licensed to practice law in the state of Texas. I want to be the pilot for our court, the people’s court of Precinct 2.”
The primary election is Tuesday. Early voting ends Friday.