Meet the candidates
Dallam County Justice of the Peace Incumbent Rita Little
By Robin Scott
Rita Little announced her candidacy for re-election for Justice of the Peace for Dallam County. Little took office in January 2003. As a member of the Dallam County community, Little was employed by the Dallam County Sheriff’s Office for 16 years prior to taking office.
Little has taken numerous steps to keep the office of the Justice of the Peace updated and professional. She noted, “I am very proud of the new software and online reporting that has been added.”
In her 7-year tenure as judge, Little has stayed up to date with continuing education hours and maintained her certification. She added, “I have just returned from Galveston and completed 20 hours of training.”
Little has been married to E. H. Little, Constable, for 23 years. They are members of the First Baptist Church of Dalhart. They are often seen about town enjoying lunch or quiet conversation and are both easily approachable and friendly.
Little stated, “The last years have gone by very fast, and I am still learning. Every day brings something new and challenging.” For the past five years, Little has served as secretary/treasurer for the West Texas Justices of the Peace and Constables Association. The association covers 101 Texas counties from the top of Texas all the way to El Paso.
Little has acquired an in-depth understanding of her office and the people within the community that rely upon her fulfilling her duties. She commented, “I feel I have the experience and dedication to continue as judge.”
As a graduate of Friona High School, Little has a strong connection to the people of the Texas panhandle. She has also received training through Texas State University in San Marco. Her focus for the upcoming election is getting voters to the polls on Election Day. She noted, “I urge everyone to vote in the March 2nd Primary and become a part of the community through choosing community leaders. Voting is one way a person can state what they believe in and what their values are.”