Republicans running for new Montgomery County 457th District Court judge position talk about experience, goals

Five candidates will be on the ballot for Montgomery County 457th District Court judge. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Five candidates will be on the ballot for Montgomery County 457th District Court judge. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Five candidates will be on the ballot for Montgomery County 457th District Court judge. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

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Eric Yollick (Courtesy Eric Yollick)
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Robert Kasprzak (Courtesy Robert Kasprzak)
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Vince Santini (Courtesy Vince Santini)
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Bruce Coulson Tough (Courtesy Bruce Coulson Tough)
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Chris Buck (Courtesy Chris Buck)
Five candidates have filed to run in the Republican primary for the newly created 457th District Court judge in Montgomery County. The winner will face Democratic candidate Marc Meyer in November.

Eric Yollick

Years in district: 29

If elected, I would: follow the law, not legislate, clear the civil backlog [and] save taxpayers money.

www.ericyollickforjudge457.com


Why did you decide to run for the position of judge?

1. Efficiency—I will work tirelessly to move the civil docket to free up courts and save taxpayer money.

2. Reform—I will watch county government finances like a hawk.

3. Unify—I will work to unify the Republicans behind our strong slate of candidates and the GOP platform.

How do you feel you are best qualified for this position?

We need a district judge who has substantial civil experience. I’m a 30-year civil litigation attorney. I’m the only attorney in this race who is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. I tried over 1,000 trials in my career.

Why do you believe this new court will be important?

Montgomery County has a huge civil case backlog. We need an experienced civil attorney who can come into this new court as the district judge to clear the backlog, save litigants a lot of money and save the taxpayers a lot of money as well.

Robert "Bobby" Kasprzak

Years in district: 12

If elected, I would: carry myself with dignity, work tirelessly to reduce the case backlog, and deliberate and rule quickly and fairly.

www.kasprzakforjudge.com

Why did you decide to run for the position of judge?

I genuinely want to serve my community and know that I can provide tremendous value to the citizens of Montgomery County in this role. I don’t view a judge as a politician. Instead, judges need to be devoid of politics to do the job effectively and properly.

How do you feel you are best qualified for this position?

My passion [and] reverence for this job and unique experience in complex civil matters in jurisdictions all over the world provide me with a broad perspective and open-mindedness. I have the right blend of qualities befitting a judge (i.e., judicial temperament) and am the only candidate with no local political ties.

Why do you believe this new court will be important?

With me at the helm working with the team of exceptional existing civil court judges, this court will help alleviate the county’s civil case backlog and reduce the frequency and duration of litigation delays, which will in turn save the county resources and the citizens’ time and money.

Vince Santini

Years in district: 14

If elected, I would: preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and uphold the rule of law in an efficient manner.

www.electvincesantini.com

Why did you decide to run for the position of judge?

I was asked to run for judge by people who have actually witnessed my ability to uphold/enforce our laws while seeking justice here in our Montgomery County courts. I view this role as a vocation, to serve our community and protect our rights against the currents of unconstitutionality. Through prayer and counsel from my wife, I am answering the call.

How do you feel you are best qualified for this position?

The 457th [District Court] was created for one reason: docket management. I am the only candidate in this race who was in charge of ... two Montgomery County District Court dockets. ... I was in charge of approximately 1,200 cases per year, and ... disposed of more cases than came in. I have spent my entire career fighting for justice in Montgomery County ... trying the most serious matters, such as capital murder. I was child abuse prosecutor of the year and am also a civil litigator in The Woodlands.

Why do you believe this new court will be important?

The 457th is important because it will help ease the strain placed upon the other courts dealing with our county’s momentous growth. We need a dynamic judge with docket management experience who is ready to rule on day one in a multitude of civil and criminal matters.

Bruce Coulson Tough

Years in district: 24

If elected, I would: request ... the most complex civil cases transferred from the 408th and 284th District Courts to relieve their caseload.

www.toughforjudge.com

Why did you decide to run for the position of judge?

I want to serve the citizens of Montgomery County and relieve the case load and backlog of civil court cases. I was born to be a judge.

How do you feel you are best qualified for this position?

I have been a civil trial attorney for 39 years, with a very successful law firm in the greater Woodlands area, and I do not require on the job training. I believe I am the most experienced trial attorney for this position and I have been appointed by Montgomery County judges as an attorney ad litem, guardian of the estate, guardian of the person, a receiver and mediator. I have a past record of service to the county as a volunteer and an elected public servant.

Why do you believe this new court will be important?

The civil courts are overburdened and there is a demonstrated need for a new civil district court because of the current case load. I can provide the required skill set to make the 457th the most efficient and effective in the country.

Chris Buck

Years in district: 11+

If elected, I would: run an efficient court that moves the large caseload effectively.

www.electchrisbuck.com

Why did you decide to run for the position of judge?

In my 10+ years in litigation I’ve had the opportunity to help hundreds of clients in conflict. It’s rewarding to help people reach resolution and move on with their lives and business. As a judge, you are a part of resolving conflict for people thousands of times a year.

How do you feel you are best qualified for this position?

I’ve been litigating cases for over a decade. I am at the courthouse daily. I know what good courts do well and what bad courts do poorly. I will handle the volume of work efficiently without forgetting that each case involves citizens whose lives are wrapped up in their case.

Why do you believe this new court will be important?

Our community is growing at a rapid pace. As a result, the number of lawsuits involving our citizens has increased. Currently there is only one civil court in Montgomery County. The new court has been created to resolve these conflicts in a much more efficient amount of time.
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By Vanessa Holt

A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of the paper in March 2017.


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