Weatherford Opinion

February 7, 2014

Vick announces her candidacy for treasurer’s office

Advocating responsible government, Dedra Vick pledges to continue to have the same dedication to the duties of the treasurer’s office as she maintained during the 25 years as the owner, along with her husband, Charley, of Vick’s Chevron Food Mart. Responsibility for the business’ accounting, payroll, record keeping and investments, as well as the supervision of the employees, has provided leadership skills and knowledge of fiscal management.

Advocating responsible government, Dedra Vick pledges to continue to have the same dedication to the duties of the treasurer’s office as she maintained during the 25 years as the owner, along with her husband, Charley, of Vick’s Chevron Food Mart. Responsibility for the business’ accounting, payroll, record keeping and investments, as well as the supervision of the employees, has provided leadership skills and knowledge of fiscal management.

“Essentially, the skills that I developed have prepared me for this position. As a businesswoman, I performed these similar duties daily. Informing the voters about the qualifications and duties of the position of treasurer is very important to me so that everyone can make an informed decision.”

Additionally, Vick, who is currently employed as an Evidence Technician under Sheriff Larry Fowler at the Parker County Sheriff’s Department, has had the opportunity to familiarize herself with the duties and responsibilities of the various departments within county government.

“My primary goal will be to do a good job for the people who employ me, the taxpayers of Parker County,” she said.

Public service is one of Vick’s main principles in life. Conservative Christian values, a love for people and the desire to be involved in her community inspire her to seek service-oriented organizations to give back. She has served as the past treasurer for the Bush Legacy Republican Women of Weatherford, is a board member of the North Side Pride Committee, an associate member of Republican Women, and is a supporter of numerous local charities.

Vick is a lifelong resident of Parker County, a graduate of Weatherford High School and Weatherford College. She and her husband of 27 years, Charley, have one son, Nathan.

The Vick family enjoys spending much of their free time participating in outdoor activities. Her other interests include gardening, sewing, cooking, family and friends.


The Weatherford Star-Telegram inadvertently said Hollis was running for the position of Constable in Precinct 3 when she is running for Justice of the Peace, Precinct No. 3. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused the Hollis campaign.

Anne Hollis for Parker County Justice of the Peace Precinct #3

My motto is “Leadership means service.” That means I don't sit around waiting or hoping for something to happen. As a leader, I make amazing things happen. There are no excuses or blame, I will deliver solutions, results and go above and beyond the call of duty.

I have lived in Parker County for over 33 years and been a part of this community in many different ways, my past community involvement included being a Pythian Sister, PTA President, Weatherford Soccer Association Coach & Referee, to being on the Theatre Off The Square Executive Board, Crime Stoppers Executive Board and Freedom House Executive Board.

I am currently a member of Rotary Club of Weatherford, Noon Lions Club, Republican Woman and an Honorary member of the Busch Legacy Republican of Woman organization. Being a part of the community is important, it gives the citizens a chance to know me and for me to get to know them.

I am a strong believer that God put me on this earth to help; he has blessed me with a wonderful husband, great kids and an awesome career so that I can give back to those in their time of need.

I am a 20-year veteran with the Parker County Sheriff’s Office and, in addition, my husband, John and I have been longtime small business owners. We enjoy starting businesses, getting them going and eventually selling them, which gives other people the opportunity to own small businesses.

Having been a small business owner, I have a unique insight into the challenges of owning and operating a small business. I am also business-orientated with management, supervising and budgeting skills. I understand how difficult it can be when you’re owed money and need it to make payroll or pay the electric, this is where I can help get cases into the court and help get results faster.

Because “leadership means service.” It is important for everyone to be treated equal, fair and with respect.

Doing a good job is not enough, I am a leader that steps up, gets involved and takes initiative. My goal is to make the whole judicial process work for all citizens, as well as for members of the law enforcement community. I possess a unique insight into the experiences of members of the business community, the law enforcement community and issues that impact parents. I am approachable and will listen to what the citizens have to say.

I have been at the Parker County Sheriff’s Office since 1993. I started out in the jail and learned the arraignment process. Since that time, I have had the opportunity to work in many different roles like Advanced Crime Scene Investigator, Advanced Fingerprint Comparator, Family Violence Investigator, Property Crimes, Juvenile Investigator, Fugitive Unit, Narcotics Unit, Civil Processing, School Resource Officer, Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol Unit and I am currently a Patrol Supervisor.

Ninety percent of the Parker County schools are in Precinct No. 3, which means a higher number of truancy cases will be heard in this court. I have experience working with juveniles in the schools, as a School Resource Officer and as a Juvenile Investigator. I believe that Juveniles should be held accountable for their own actions, and this is where the Teen Court could help. The teens are put in front of a jury of their own peers, instead of adults which makes their actions a learning process for everyone involved.

I have also been involved in organizing and starting programs like the Parker County Child Support Program, which allows the non-paying parents a final chance to begin paying before criminal charges are filed. I was also on the Freedom House Executive Board and assisted with creating R.E.A.C.T., which is a volunteer group that is trained to go to scenes and council citizens in their time of crisis.

I have experience writing arrest warrants as well as Affidavits for Search Warrants and know what to look for in them so that there is equality to everyone! I want to take a look at having more frequent court dates, so that your case can get in front of the court in an efficient and timely manner and so the citizens are not having to sit in a courtroom the entire day.

I also have experience with issues involving young people, their safety and their well-being since, besides my law enforcement background, my husband and I have four children together— one is currently serving as a Marine and is deployed in Afghanistan, plus we had custody of three additional kids and helped raised many nieces, nephews and cousins.

What inspired me to run for this particular office?

I feel our legal system needs to be based on the principle that an independent, fair and competent judiciary that will interpret and apply the laws that govern us. The role of the judiciary is central to our concepts of justice and the rule of law. Intrinsic to all sections of this Code of Judicial Conduct are the precepts that judges, individually and collectively, we must respect and honor the judicial office as a public trust and strive to enhance and maintain confidence in our legal system.

I know I can provide guidance to assist in establishing and maintaining high standards of judicial and personal conduct and will provide a service to the community as independent witness of statutory declarations, powers of attorney and affidavits. I respectfully ask for you to Vote Anne Hollis for Parker County Justice of the Peace Precinct #3!

"I have known Anne Hollis for a very long time. She will bring wisdom, experience, professionalism and compassion to the justice system,” said small business owner Bob Tallman. “Her personal commitment of a model citizen, a mom and Texas leader makes her the best choice.”

“I can't imagine anyone better qualified for this position than Anne Hollis. She offers the best law enforcement mixed with a healthy dose of compassion and strength,” said Greenwood Baptist Church Pastor Brian Bond.

“The ambition and desire Anne has to help people will be beneficial to the Justice System. She is dedicated, involved, approachable and will work for the people,” said Bob Nuttall – Karate Grandmaster.

Bernard R. Suchocki is a Candidate for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4

Bernard R. Suchocki is a life-long conservative Republican, a 25-year resident of Parker County, a former NASA engineer and a retired Board Certified trial attorney. He and Connie Givens Suchocki, a retired teacher and former Aledo ISD trustee, have been married for 46 years and have two children, Bernard “Chip” and Amy and four grandchildren Savannah, Caroline, Elizabeth and Macy.

Suchocki has a long history of public service. He is currently serving out his term as city council member, Place 5, for the City of Willow Park. He has also served as a member of the Planning & Zoning Commission for Willow Park, a member of the Board of Directors for the Willow Park Fire Department, and the Tax Assessor-Collector and a council member for the City of El Lago.

As a NASA engineer for 14 years, Suchocki trained Apollo 7 through Apollo 17 astronauts in Guidance & Control, including Neil Armstrong. He is a participate in the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award as a member of the Apollo XIII Mission Operations Team, that rescued the Apollo 13 crew after an oxygen tank exploded.

As a young NASA engineer, Suchocki had the amazing opportunity to work with Apollo astronauts and he looks back on his career with NASA with proud memories.

“I have come away from that experience with valuable skills that have served me all my life. I have an incessant need to be accurate, organized, detailed and goal orientated. I worked hundreds of volunteer hours to help land a man on the moon; I will use the same work ethic as Justice of the Peace.”

For the past 25 years, Suchocki has volunteered his services as a public speaker in several States, educating and entertaining students and organizations about the Apollo program, Apollo astronauts and the “Success of Apollo 13.” Locally, he has made PowerPoint presentations to students at Stuard Elementary, McAnally Intermediate, Mary Martin Elementary, S.H. Crowley Intermediate, Crowley Learning Center, Davis Elementary, Ruth Cherry Elementary, Wayside Middle School, the Aledo Lions Club and the Republican Party.

“When I realized that generations of students were not even born when America overcame Russia’s lead in the space race, I wanted to do my small part to keep that Great American Spirit alive.”

Suchocki received his law degree in 1981 and became Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law in 1989. After moving to Parker County in 1988, he started building his own law firm, working seven days a week, until it grew into the law firm of Suchocki, Bullard & Cummings, P.C. As a trial attorney for 32 years, he had the experience of having tried cases in many counties throughout the state, in Federal Court, District Court, County Court and Justice of the Peace Courts.

“I believe that my experience with NASA has given me valuable skills to organize and run a highly efficient Justice of Peace office. In addition, I have the legal experience, knowledge, and the commitment to fairly and honestly administer justice.

“I would not switch parties just to run for public office. I will honor the public trust, and I can absolutely promise that I will be a full-time judge.”

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