Long Time Bowie County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Seeks Election for Justice of the Peace Office


Todd Fore, a nine year Lieutenant who has been with the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office for nearly 19 years, has announced that he is seeking to be elected Justice of the Peace for Precinct 1 Place 2 in Bowie County upon the retirement of current Justice of the Peace Gibson “Hoot” Hadaway.

Fore, will be running as a Republican and says that he prides himself on his public service with an emphasis on protection. However, Fore says he is eager to make a step up moving to the Justice of the Peace position which is the on the lowest end of the judicial scale. In order to qualify for this position the Secretary of State for Texas says that you must be at least 18 years old and a United States citizen, a resident of Texas for 12 months, a resident of the precinct where that office is located for six months and a registered voter.

When asked about the change in jobs, Fore said “I have been involved in the law field for a very long time and moving to the judicial side of the table will be an added blessing to my accomplishments. I have heard of other people believing that this could be a part-time job, however, I take this position seriously and am very aware that this is not a part-time job. It is, in fact, a full-time job and should be treated as such.”

Fore is a 1987 Graduate of Hooks High School and served in the United States Coast Guard. Fore is the President of the Bowie County Dive Team (a search and rescue organization) and has been for 12 years.

Fore is married to Joanna Fore and has two sons and one daughter-in-law, Jason, Colby and Samantha. Fore also has two grandsons, Steven (2) and Luke (6 weeks old).

“Because this is a serious move, I wanted to make sure that this is absolutely what we wanted to do, and I wanted to make sure this was right for my family and me.”

“For the last few months, my wife and I have discussed and contemplated this change and after careful consideration, we decided that this was a great opportunity for me to continue to be helpful and productive within our community. I am very pleased to announce that I am excited to be a candidate for Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Place 211,” Fore said.

Fore says that his ability to implement what is lawful and fair for all parties concerned along with his impartiality make him a great candidate for Justice of the Peace.

“I look forward to serving the citizens of Bowie County for many more years if elected11, Fore said in closing.

The duties of the Justice of the Peace are as follows:

  • Hears traffic and other Class C misdemeanor cases punishable by fine only.
  • Hears civil cases with up to $10,000 in controversy.
  • Hears landlord and tenant disputes.
  • Hears truancy cases.
  • Performs magistrate duties.
  • Conducts inquests
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