Lydia Long Biography

Lydia Long Biography

Lydia Long is a candidate in the Republican primary on May29 to replace Bryan Smith as justice of the peace for Place 1, Precinct 1.Smith is not seeking re-election. Dr. Long holdsbachelor and master degrees from CentralMissouri StateUniversity and a Doctorate ofPhilosophy in Criminal Justice Administration from Sam Houston State University.Additional training has included coroner’s and Sudden Infant Death Syndrometraining. As a Criminal justiceconsultant she has conducted research on a variety of justice issues, includingsex offenders and law enforcement administration. She also works as an ExpertSubject grant reviewer for the Department of Justice. {{more}} After surgery forthyroid cancer damaged her vocal chords in 2002, Long retired from full-timeteaching at the University of Houston. Lydia,her husband, and children chose to relocate to Abilene. A year of intensive therapy allowedLong to teach at Abilene Christina University.In the fall she will teach at McMurry University. Today four generations of Long’s family livein Abilene, andshe is eager to share her experience and passion for service with her adoptedcommunity. Since moving to Abilene,she has shown her commitment to community service through serving on theAbilene Planning and Zoning Commission, Abilene Preservation League and the Abilene Reporter-News Editorial Board. In 2006, Lydiaspearheaded the creation of the Old Town Abilene Neighborhood Association,which helps to revitalize an older area of Abilene. She and Martin Jensen, a friend,founded the West Texas Park People and was instrumental in raising over$100,000 for Camp Barkley, Abilene’s park for dogs and their owners. On April29th, they dedicated their first Playground in the Old TownNeighborhood. She currently serves onthe board of the Center of Contemporary Arts, volunteers for theInternational Rescue Committee and is a Taylor County Historic Commissioner. Dr. Long’s passion for the position of the Justice of thePeace focuses on opportunities to help her fellow citizens be heard. “Justice of the Peace,” she says, is thelegal jurisdiction closest to the average citizen. It is often referred to as “The People’sCourt” because it is an access point for the average citizen who can bringa case and be heard without an attorney.” The JP Court serves to protect Citizen’s rights in theJustice System. Dr. Long wants to use her experience and education to havea hands-on impact for the people of the community. Shewants JP court rooms to become more accessible to the average citizen, via onlineaccess of forms and information, after evening court hours and possibly bytaking the court into the school room.This will help the average citizen utilize the court and working parentstrying to deal with truancy issues. Ifyou don’t know how your JP Courtcan serve you, she wants you to know! You canvisit her FB page at www.facebook.com/lydialongforjp if you want more information. Early Voting starts May 14th 2012.