orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

October 13, 2013

Simonton announces bid for JP 3

Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader

BRIDGE CITY — Local resident and attorney Joy Dubose Simonton believes it is time for a change in Precinct 3.

Joy Dubose Simonton recently announced her intention to run as a Republican candidate for the office of Orange County Justice of the Peace in Precinct 3.

Simonton, a 1994 graduate of Bridge City High School, stated she believes her legal experience will give her the knowledge needed to better serve the residents in her precinct.

“I have over 16 years experience in the legal field, including practicing as an attorney for more than nine years in family law, civil law, criminal law, juvenile law and probate, as well as representing parents and children in various child protective service cases. I believe the experience I have gained will bring a new prospective to the Precinct 3 Justice Court and will allow me to fairly and accurately administer the business of the court.”

Simonton, 37, is married to her husband, Robert, a Bridge City councilman for the past eight years. They have two children, Christian and Adley, and step-children, Michael Simonton and Hayley Simonton Cook, and they are members of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Bridge City.

After graduating from Bridge City High School, Simonton became a Certified Legal Assistant in 1997, earned her Associate of Applied Arts Legal Assist in 1997, and her Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science in 1998 from Lamar University in Beaumont. She attended law school at South Texas College of Law in Houston.

Simonton is proud to be a citizen of Orange County and Bridge City and feels it is time she does more for her community.

“I have enjoyed working as an attorney all these years, but I feel I can give back to the community of this great county by serving as Justice of the Peace for Precinct 3,” she explained. “The Justice of the Peace Court is the people’s court, and I will do my best to make sure that the best interest of the people is served by applying the laws properly and consistently, and seeing that justice is served. With my legal experience and education, I feel I am the most qualified candidate for this position.”

Janice Menard, a Democrat, has held the Orange County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3 seat since winning the election in November 2002. Menard has filed a treasury appointment with the Orange County Elections Administration to seek re-election to the office.