Greg Chapman, incumbent Lampasas County Justice of the Peace in Precinct 4, is being challenged by Sharon Watson in the Republican Party Primary.

Chapman was appointed to the office in 2013 when Shelia Hood stepped down in April. He resides in and has lived in the county a total of 27 years.

Briefly moving to Louisiana, Chapman owned and operated a convenience store for 13 years before moving back and joining the Lampasas Police Department. He served eight years as a peace officer, then 10 years as a field sergeant with the Lampasas County Sheriff’s Office.

His current duties as justice of the peace include small claims, evictions, traffic court and Class C offenses.

“I’m not a politician, I’m a pubic servant,” Chapman said.

“I wanted to retire with 20 years in law enforcement, and I was only going to make 18 because I was appointed to this position,” he said. “I wanted a new challenge and feel my experience in law enforcement and as a business owner qualify me for this position.”

Watson, 60, is the deputy treasurer for Lampasas County, where she has worked for two years.

She resides in Lampasas and has lived in the county for seven years.

Previously, Watson was the clerk for the Justice of the Peace Precinct 2/3 under Judge Lockett for one year. She also worked for another justice’s office in Fairfield and has experience in accounts payable.

She is the former owner of byJACS, an antiques, arts and crafts store that she operated for 10 years in College Station.

Watson is a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Previously, Hood recommended that Watson take her place when she stepped down, she said.

‘I’ll be a very fair minded judge and I understand the duties of the judgeship, from my experience working in the offices, and I have a lot of confidence in myself and I appreciate Judge Hood having confidence in me, too.”

Contact Courtney Griffin at cgriffin@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7559

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