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Campaign 2014

It's a two man race for the Justice of the Peace Precinct One Place Two.  Incumbent Mike Little will run against current Wichita Falls Police Officer Robert Woodruff.  Both candidates have ties to WFPD and are running as Republicans, but both also have very different reasons for running this year.

Judge Little has served as a Justice of the Peace for over 20 years.  He's hoping that he will have the honor to serve four more years. Before becoming a Justice of the Peace, Little served as a police officer and helped bring in the D.A.R.E. Program.  Since becoming a Justice, he's helped bring various programs including Teen Court.

"Both those incentives were started by me and both are existing today and helping youth in this community," said Judge Little.

He also said his experience has helped him gain a better understanding of the law, both how it works and how to apply it.

"That's why we don't have a backlog in our court here.  Our court is run smoothly and efficiently.  We get the cases in, we try the cases and we go onto the next one," said Judge Little.

Woodruff has been a police officer in Wichita Falls for many years.  He said his time as an officer has helped him prepare for the office of Justice of the Peace.

"My office is going to be available.  My door is going to be open and I'm going to listen to what you have to say," said Woodruff.

He also said just because Little has more experience as a Justice of the Peace, that's not enough to vote for Little over Woodruff.

"He's an elected official.  He's been in there 20 years and in my opinion, 20 years is a long time for someone to be in an elected position," said Woodruff.

A fresh face for change and some new energy is what Woodruff said he brings to the table.

"I feel like I'm that person.  I've been preparing for this for many many years.  It's something that has been a goal of mine," said Woodruff.

Judge Little said he brings consistency to the court, helping clear it of any backlog.  Woodruff said he brings a fresh face and it's time for a change.

Consistency and change, both are good things.

Jack Carney, Newschannel 6

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