Taylor unseats Herman in Precinct 2 JP race

Robert Taylor unseated Judge Richard Herman in a race for Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace in Potter County, according to unofficial election results.


Taylor, an Amarillo College police officer, received 62 percent of the vote, and Herman received 38 percent. Just 626 votes were cast in the race. The precinct mostly covers east Amarillo

“I guess we did things right,” Taylor said. “I did a lot of walking and talking and here we are ready for November.”

Taylor will go on to face Claudia Griego, an agent at Basden Bail Bond, in the general election in November.

On the campaign trail, Taylor has said he wanted to instill dignity and ethics in the office.

KAMR-TV recently reported on Herman’s history of domestic violence from before he was first elected in 2014, including a 2012 guilty plea to misdemeanor assault causing bodily injury to a family member. Herman’s punishment included 18 months probation, a fine and community service.

Herman was also injured in a shooting in an Amarillo alleyway last year and was criticized for not reporting the incident. He said he was trying to help someone who was being attacked by two others.

“I think the precinct was ready for a change in activity of the court in and out of the courtroom,” Taylor said.

A call to Herman for comment was not immediately returned Tuesday night.

A JP presides over misdemeanor court cases punishable by fines and most civil cases in which the amount in controversy does not exceed $10,000, according to the Texas Association of Counties.

The JP also performs magistrate duties, conducts inquests, performs marriages and hears landlord and tenant disputes.

All election results are considered unofficial until the votes are canvassed.