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Precinct 3 commissioner chief of staff Matt Beasley wins justice of the peace election

November 7, 2018

The people of Montgomery County Precinct 3 have spoken.

With all precincts reporting, Precinct 3 Commissioner Chief of Staff Matt Beasley garnered 52,823 (67.84 percent) votes to beat Democratic challenger Claire Lindsay, who got 25,046 (32.16 percent) votes on Tuesday night to replace outgoing Justice of the Peace Edie Connelly.

Connelly, who has held the position continuously since 1987, announced earlier this year that she would be retiring in December.

Beasley could not be reached for comment as of Tuesday night when all precincts reported.

Beasley came in first place in the Republican primary in March against Precinct 3 Constable Dan Zientek and attorney Ronnie Yeates, beating Yeates in the Republican runoff with more than 63 percent of the vote.

Lindsay, who was also unavailable for comment immediately after the election, ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. The lawyer earned her degree from New York Law School and has been practicing law in Montgomery County for eight years.

Beasley has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration and holds a peace officer certification. During his primary run, he stressed his experience with the certification qualified him for the justice of the peace position. Before joining the commissioner’s office, Beasley worked as a patrol deputy, dispatcher and detective in the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Running up against attorney Lindsay, Beasley said during his campaign that it’s not absolutely necessary to for a justice of the peace to hold a law degree.

As justice of the peace, Beasley said he plans to add hours to night court for those facing issues attending during the day.

In Montgomery County, the justice of the peace has jurisdiction over minor criminal cases, small claims court, traffic court, juvenile offenses, truancy and theft.

Beasley will also serve as medical examiner in his precinct — a role he is looking to rectify by adding a medical examiner position in its own right.

mrincon@chron.com

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