Progress staff reports
Jacksonville Daily Progress
After filing her paperwork for a place on the ballot in early December, Republican Janice Crosby Stone formally launched her campaign today to replace Judge Craig Fletcher as the presiding judge of the Cherokee County Court at Law. In December the county commissioner's court named a temporary appointee for Judge Fletcher until the voters of Cherokee County have the opportunity to elect a new judge this year. Stone said she sees this as an opportunity to take her extensive legal experience and use it for the betterment of the whole county.
"The decisions that are made in our courtrooms have a lasting impact on our families and our community," said Stone. "Experience matters in a court of law, and I believe that my experience makes me the most qualified Republican candidate to replace Judge Fletcher. And that is why, after much prayer and consideration, I have decided to step forward."
A practicing attorney for more than 30 years, Stone started her own law firm in 1988 which is still alive and well after 26 years with offices in Jacksonville and in Central Texas. Her practice emphasizes family law, but she also handles mediation, business, corporate, probate, wills and trusts, real estate and banking law.
A native of Jacksonville, Stone's parents still live in the same house where they raised her and have called home for more than 60 years. In high school, she was a twirler, and after graduating, she went on to twirl at Kilgore Junior College and also for the University of Texas Longhorn Band while pursuing a degree in Secondary Education – English and Biology. Prior to becoming an attorney she was a public school teacher.
Stone continued, "I have always felt a calling to make a difference in the lives of our children. That’s why I began my career as a teacher. Throughout my career as an attorney, however, I have also seen how good judges can have an enormous positive impact on children; particularly those children who are abused or neglected. I believe a good judge should have a passion for justice, be tough on crime, uphold our conservative East Texas values, and protect children and the most vulnerable among us."
Outside of the courtroom, Stone has served in a variety of leadership roles with the Chamber of Commerce, the American Cancer Society, the YMCA, the Children’s Advocacy Center and the Longhorn Alumni Band and Texas Exes Association. She has also been actively involved with the Legal Hotline for Older Texans, a group that provides affordable legal services to seniors in need. She and her husband, Dick Stone, are the proud parents of five grown children; Julie (30), Jason (28), Matt (28), Megan (23) and Matthew (20). The Stones attend the First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville.
To find out more or to join the campaign, please visit www.JaniceforJudge.com.