Why do I want to serve as Orange County Judge?

Published 8:46 am Saturday, July 22, 2017

Editorial by JL ‘Pete’ Runnels

I, Pete Runnels, believe that I have the credentials to help make a difference in our county government.

Below are a few accomplishments and goals I have for Orange County.


  1. 3 ½ years as Administrative Assistant to the Orange County Judge.
  2. 2 terms as Orange County Judge
  3. 6 terms as Mayor of Pinehurst
  4. The creation of Orange County Ambulance Service
  5. The completion of the Raymond Gould Community Center
  6. Purchased right of way for the widening of north Farm Rd 105
  7. Purchased first set of “Jaws of Life” for Orange County


  1. Ability to work well with our City Council and City Manager to help facilitate a Chapter 380 Agreement to bring a new HEB to our county resulting in the creation of 300 jobs. Initiating teamwork is a vital part of economic development.
  2. To help facilitate the use of Chapter 381 (County Agreements) to bring new business and industry to Orange County with the creation of new jobs and added revenue for Orange County
  3. My ultimate goal as Orange County Judge is to work well with the Commissioners to ensure the citizens of Orange County have accessibility to their county government. Bring much needed business to the county and help Orange County to become the shining star of the Golden Triangle.

I humbly ask for your vote and support for my candidacy as your Orange County Judge.