From business to law and a desire to give back, Sherman Swartz is running for Precinct 3’s Justice of the Peace.
A Highland Village resident and practicing attorney, Swartz said his biggest priority coming into JP-3 is to help the community he said has provided for him.
“I wanted to pay back [the people] and do something I felt suited my background and my experience,” Swartz said.
Swartz is a member of the Republican party and has been involved in politics prior to his campaign, including being a precinct chair and party officer, vice chair of technology, a convention delegate and has worked on other grassroot campaigns for candidates. He also ran against County Judge Mary Horn in the 2014 primaries.
As a fiscal and constitutional conservative, Swartz said he doesn’t believe in unnecessarily wasting money. Though, he said his politics remain a non-issue and wants to resolve problems without partisanship and follow the constitution.
“I would like to think partisanship is not a necessary element of the job,” Swartz said. “You’ve got to be unbiased and fair.”
While his goal is to give back to the community, Swartz has been an active part of it for some time now. Swartz has given free legal aid to several individuals, including senior citizens and North Texas students. He also is a member of the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas, where he gives free legal advice and help to those in need.
“People come into my office and have small problems,” Swartz said. “But they’re big problems for the people. They need someone who’s going to help them, and I’m that guy.”
Swartz is a native Texan who graduated from the University of North Texas with a business degree. After working in the field, he said he had a calling to become a lawyer and applied to Baylor University, where he received his Juris Doctorate.
With his priority being to give back and reach out to the community, Swartz said he wants to get involved with Lewisville Independent School District and meet with kids to have an opportunity to talk before they become truant. Swartz has also been doing Saturday sit-downs with constituents, where he provides coffee and donuts and allows people to ask him questions.
“You still have to get out and meet the people and hit the street,” Swartz said regarding the campaign trail. “You have to use that shoe leather to get your word out and talk to people.”
Swartz did not mince words talking about his opponents, saying he believes he is the most qualified for the job. He claimed he has a lot more experience and knowledge of the law and is the standard the county deserves.
“My endorsements are on my website,” Swartz said. “My achievement, experience and knowledge are on display. I am the person who is going to do the job.”
A father of four, Swartz said in his spare time he likes to fish, hunt and read. But between running a law practice, a candidacy and being a father of involved children, he doesn’t get to as much as he would like.
“It is a dance to dance,” Swartz said.
The Justice of the Peace is a lower court that handles traffic and misdemeanor criminal cases where punishments amount to a fine. They can also perform as a magistrate and approve arrest warrants. Civil cases where the dispute is $10,000 or less are also heard in this court. They serve four-year terms.
“You can’t go into a judgeship being partisan,” he said. “It’s not what the judgeship or the people are about. You have to represent everyone fairly and equally.”
Swartz will face James Kerbow and William Lawrence in the Republican primary for the JP seat. Precinct 3 includes Highland Village, Lewisville and Copper Canyon.
The winner of the race will look to replace Becky Kerbow, who is retiring from the position.