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VZ Republican Candidate Forum  Jan 25, 2022

The above is a link to YouTube video of the Van Zandt Candidates for County Judge, Precinct 4 Commissioner, and Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace in a Forum/Debate sponsored by the Republican Club of Van Zandt County.


Wednesday, January 31, 2024 12:33 AM

Van Zandt County Townhall Meetings scheduled

Wednesday, January 31, 2024 12:06 AM

Our new HD 2 State Representative Jill Dutton

Friday, March 4, 2022 2:38 PM



For full article see Van Zandt News March 6, 2022

Friday, February 11, 2022 9:11 PM

Bunker Bob interviews the Van Zandt County Judge candidates

Bunker Bob Interview VZ Judge candidates

See the candidates asked tough questions and why Andy Reese is the best choice for the next Van Zandt County Judge

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 11:34 PM

Andy talks Role of the County Judge in email to voters

"Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, watching over them - not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve;"

‭‭1 Peter 5:2‬ ‭NIV‬‬


Back to the Basics

It has come to my attention that there are many people who do not know the role and responsibilities of a County Judge. I found a most thoroughexplanation of that role on our neighboring county's website and I would like to share it with you.


Texas County Court Judge and the Commissioners Court

The county judge is the most visible official in county government. Often thought of as the county's chief executive officer, a county judge has broad judicial and administrative powers, including serving as the presiding officer of the county's policy-making body, the commissioners court.County judges are elected on a countywide basis.


Although they must be well informed in the law, there is no requirement for county judges to have a formal legal education or a license to practice law. After election, however, a county judge is required to attain thirty hours of judicial education during their first year in office and sixteen hours every year thereafter in order to remain up to date regarding new laws and procedures related to their judicial responsibilities.


The county judge resides over the constitutional county court. While responsibilities vary from county to county, a judge may consider criminal, civil, probate, juvenile and mental competency matters. In larger counties, county courts-at-law have been created with separate judges to handle the large amount of work these cases generate. Also, in those counties in which the judge has judicial responsibilities, the judge has appellate jurisdiction over matters arising from the justice courts.


The county judge is the presiding officer of the commissioners court and is required by law to perform this function when present. In the judge's absence, any commissioner may preside over the court. It is incumbent upon the county judge to carefully abide by statutes requiring that meetings of governmental bodies be open to the public.


The judge is also a voting member of the commissioners court and works with the other four members of the court to approve the county budget and exercise administrative authority over county government operations. County judges do not have autonomous authority to set the business of the commissioners court or decide what motions will be heard; the entire court makes these decisions.


A major responsibility of the commissioners court relates to setting the county budget. In counties with a population under 225,000 the judge serves as budget officer of the commissioners court. During budget development, the judge along with the commissioners considers the funding necessary for the other county offices to carry out their duties.


County commissioners courts are responsible for many other functions, including: supervision and control of the county courthouse, county buildings and facilities; determining county tax rates; and filling vacancies in elected and appointed positions. Additionally, commissioners courts are responsible for building and maintaining county roads and bridges; letting contracts in the name of the county; administering and making key decisions regarding libraries, county hospitals, welfare programs, parks and playgrounds.


County judges perform a wide range of other administrative duties. These responsibilities include conducting hearings for beer and wine license applications, calling elections, posting election notices, and canvasing the election returns. The county judge also serves as the county's Emergency Management Director and has the authority to designate an Emergency Management Coordinator to serve as an assistant for emergency management issues.


The broad range of responsibilities of county judge makes this office a very important office in county government. With a judge's judicial, administrative and ceremonial duties, it is also a very high profile position.


(Note: Full article appears in this link. I omitted some of the article for brevity)


Now that you know the role and responsibilities of the County Judge, I believe that my business experience and community service over the last 22 years here in Van Zandt County make methe best qualified person for the job. I take the responsibility seriously and have been involved and learning the process of our Van Zandt County government in depth for the last two years. I want to get started right away in planning for our future. And don't be surprised if I ask many of you to be part of the planning process. It will not be my idea and my plan butour idea and our plan. We are in this together.


Thanks for your support and contributions.


Andy Reese


Friday, February 4, 2022 1:50 PM

Canton Herald Article on Debate held by Republican Club- Feb 3, 2022

Article available on news stands or via

Friday, February 4, 2022 1:43 PM

Canton Herald Announcement of Candidacy

Article available in the Canton Herald Feb 3 edition.

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 3:36 PM

Van Zandt News Debate - Andy clearly defined himself as most qualified

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