Campaign race picks up steam for position of Guadalupe County Court-at-Law Judge
Posted on 3/1/2018 8:06:00 AM.
(Seguin) -- Only two more days remain for voters to cast their ballots early for this year's March 6 Republican and Democratic Primary Elections.

Radio station KWED and the Seguin Daily News today continues its count down to Tuesday's election by featuring the candidates of each locally contested race and allowing them to speak directly to voters. Today's featured race is the position of Guadalupe County Court-at-Law Judge. The judge in this position handles a variety of court cases such as but not limited to family law (guardianships), juvenile, contested probate matters, small claims, the Veterans Treatment Court and civil cases up to $200,000.

Judge Robin Dwyer, the incumbent in this race, is seeking his second term in office. Dwyer, who has practiced law over 40 years, says in order to carry out the law, the work in the courtroom requires civil experience, common sense, conservative values and a connection to the community. He says he has maintained the requirements of the courtroom and is asking voters for another four years.

"I have a lot of experience and the experience in the areas in which this court handle and that is important because I don't have to go look it up or have the lawyers tell me what to do when it comes to these collection cases and civil matters. I've been doing it all my life -- the probate stuff, I've been doing all my life. I think I'm the best guy to keep doing this and I respectfully ask the residents of Guadalupe County to understand that. Don't be confused by what I consider to be a false narrative that I'm not working hard enough. That is absolutely not true. I respectfully ask that you re-elect me to this position to allow me to continue to do the job I've been doing. Like with any job, you get better at it all the time but I believe that really there is no comparison if you look at the experience between me and my opponent and ask that you keep me in this position," said Dwyer.

Hoping to bring his own 20 plus years of experience to the bench is current Assistant County Attorney Bill Squires. Squires is challenging Dwyer's position in hopes of reverting back to a more effective courtroom -- one in which he says will operate with efficiency and with less money from the taxpayers.

"I think the judges should rule and they should rule in a timely manner. They should rule fairly and impartially. I don't think judges should create law or bring their personal opinions to the bench. I'm going to provide a very strong work ethic through the bench. I'm going to be returning honor and judgment to the court through efficiency and I'm going to be watching out for the taxpayers money. When I win and if I get an opponent the next time, they will not be able to use these statistics from the office of court administration against me because my court is going to be running smoothly. It's going to be running efficiently and I'm going to live by the tenant that I bring to the campaign which is very simply, 'Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied," said Squires.

Like most races on the Republican ballot, the position of court-at-law judge does not have a Democratic opponent -- meaning the winner of Tuesday's Primary will assume the position in January.

The Seguin Daily News on Friday will continue to feature the locally contested Republican races appearing on the primary ballot. There are no locally contested Democratic races although both ballots have nomination races for state positions including but not limited to Texas governor and lieutenant governor.

Early voting continues through Friday at each of the five regular early voting locations throughout the county. Those locations include the Seguin Elections Office at 215 S. Milam St; the Schertz Elections Office Annex at 1101 Elbel Rd; Grace Church at 3240 FM 725; the Central Texas Technology Center at 2189 FM 758 and New Berlin City Hall at 9180 FM 775.

The Joint Primary Election is slated for Tuesday, March 6.

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