Cabell Magistrate candidate: John Ray Rice II (D)
HOME CITY: Huntington
HOME COUNTY: Cabell
E-MAIL ADDRESS: JRRICE@LIVE.COM
PERSONAL STATEMENT: The Magistrate Court is the only Court most will ever have to deal with. Its not a Man's, or a Woman's Court. It's a PEOPLES' Court, where Law, and COMMON SENSE should rule. It has been said, "The sign of a good Judge is one who has sense to figure out how do both what is right, and legal." I have experience in life, common sense, strength, courage, & integrity to face what needs dealt with, and do what's right! This is my intention, if you, the people, choose to elect me. VOTE RICE for Magistrate, May 13th, Thank you!
EDUCATION: Graduated Barboursville High School. Class of 1983; Attended MU - non-graduate.
CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION: Teach Martials Arts and Currently District 6 Committeeman.
OTHER WORK HISTORY: Learned and trained under Master Kim in the Martial Arts. Trained and Competed at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado. Travelled and competed during the late 80's through the late 90's as an IOC Athlete as a National and International Competitor.
CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS: Volunteered my time to train and teach at Dr. Kim's School, students (a few adults, but mostly kids of all ages) for 30 years.
FAMILY: parents, Retired Magistrate John Ray Rice and Delma C. (Matthews) Rice; twin daughters, Bria Fenton McKee and Alexis Fenton; granddaughter, Adalyn Grace McKee; sisters, Kathy Childers, Tawna Johnson, Kim Y. Rice-Preece, Carol Rice.
1. What traits set you apart from the field of candidates and qualify you to be a magistrate?
Owned/operated private business for 7 years. Worked with family owned business and rental properties. Understand small business woes: contractual sales, rental property/ damage, bad checks, shoplifting... These are all Magistrate Court issues both Civil as well as Criminal. Additionally, I grew up in shadow of my Father who served as Justice of the Peace / Magistrate for 40 years.
2. What kinds of experience do you have with law enforcement or the law profession?
I have both family and friends that work in and around Law Enforcement. They have my respect and admiration for their service. Though I, personally have not served in a capacity of Law Enforcement, my father, John Ray Rice, retired after 40+ years from the Magistrate Court system. I grew up with it all around me.
3. How would you make the office more efficient?
Before I can tell you what I would do to make the system more efficient, I'd have to be part of the system to see which squeaky wheel needs the oil. All I can do from this side is assure you that my intentions are to do everything in my power to improve the system for the people!
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