YOLANDA BEGUM

For Cameron County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, Place 2

— @Begum2012 on Twitter.

Much has been made by my opponent about my not being a lawyer.  Actually, that has been the centerpoint of their argument - that somehow being an attorney is the only thing that makes one a viable & credible candidate for Justice of the Peace.

Let’s clear the air & get to the truth.  The truth is that most Justices of the Peace are not attorneys - in fact, in many cases, it can be a hindrance for an attorney to be a Justice of the Peace (such may cause a conflict of interest given the high level of public interaction this office has).

Historically, the role of the Justice of the Peace (which came to us from England and Wales) was that the person was selected from everyday citizens.  In the United States, this tradition continued with the idea being that a court that deals so much with the affairs of daily matters must have a presiding justice who is elected from the people.  Not from any single profession.  From us all.

No requirement, written anywhere, says that you need to be an attorney.  Fact is, being an attorney can actually complicate the office and abilities of a court that deals with so many people every day.  

Jul 18
Much has been made by my opponent about my not being a lawyer.  Actually, that has been the centerpoint of their argument - that somehow being an attorney is the only thing that makes one a viable & credible candidate for Justice of the Peace.

Let’s clear the air & get to the truth.  The truth is that most Justices of the Peace are not attorneys - in fact, in many cases, it can be a hindrance for an attorney to be a Justice of the Peace (such may cause a conflict of interest given the high level of public interaction this office has).

Historically, the role of the Justice of the Peace (which came to us from England and Wales) was that the person was selected from everyday citizens.  In the United States, this tradition continued with the idea being that a court that deals so much with the affairs of daily matters must have a presiding justice who is elected from the people.  Not from any single profession.  From us all.

No requirement, written anywhere, says that you need to be an attorney.  Fact is, being an attorney can actually complicate the office and abilities of a court that deals with so many people every day.  

Mr. Michael Parras made this video - a unique and artistic take in the modern-urban-grunge motif of my audio from my commercial using a fast-paced graphics effect. Artistically, it is very modern and quite fun. This type of great artistic creativity is one of the many reasons that I love living in Cameron County, and why I aspire to be a part of its community. As a Justice of the Peace, a role which is designed to be selected from the community at large and not any one specific working segment, I will aspire to ensure that the freedom of artistic expression is one that can be used as a conduit to grow our youth through a love of art in all mediums. Whether in painting, digital video, audio, photography, or sculpture. Thank you, Mr. Parras!

Jul 17

Join us for a cultural family FUNdraiser event in the Bohemian tradition - music, poetry, dancing, and fun in support of my campaign to be your Cameron County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, Place 2! 

Jul 08
Join us for a cultural family FUNdraiser event in the Bohemian tradition - music, poetry, dancing, and fun in support of my campaign to be your Cameron County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, Place 2! 

Anthony Troiani Supports Yolanda Begum for Cameron County, Justice of The Peace, Precinct 2, Place 2

Father.  City Commissioner.  United States Marine. World-educated attorney & civil activist. 

Anthony Troiani now joins the growing list of local leaders dedicated to supporting the campaign of Yolanda Begum for Cameron County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, Place 2.

Anthony Troiani has served as both a civil litigator and a prosecutor, and his record of service to country, county, and local citizens means that he shares the same love and passion for a better Cameron County that Yolanda Begum embodies in her works for the public good.

Like Yolanda Begum, Anthony Troiani supports the idea that public servants are first and foremost protectors of the public welfare through an understanding of the needs of the electorate in the office being held.  His understanding of the local needs of Cameron County makes the support of Anthony Troiani a gesture that shows that Yolanda Begum is the right and just choice for Cameron County Justice of the Peace, Precicnt 2, Place 2.

The run-off is Tuesday, July 31, 2012.  Vote Yolanda Begum for Cameron County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, Place 2.

Jul 07
Anthony Troiani Supports Yolanda Begum for Cameron County, Justice of The Peace, Precinct 2, Place 2
Father.  City Commissioner.  United States Marine. World-educated attorney & civil activist. 
Anthony Troiani now joins the growing list of local leaders dedicated to supporting the campaign of Yolanda Begum for Cameron County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, Place 2.
Anthony Troiani has served as both a civil litigator and a prosecutor, and his record of service to country, county, and local citizens means that he shares the same love and passion for a better Cameron County that Yolanda Begum embodies in her works for the public good.
Like Yolanda Begum, Anthony Troiani supports the idea that public servants are first and foremost protectors of the public welfare through an understanding of the needs of the electorate in the office being held.  His understanding of the local needs of Cameron County makes the support of Anthony Troiani a gesture that shows that Yolanda Begum is the right and just choice for Cameron County Justice of the Peace, Precicnt 2, Place 2.
The run-off is Tuesday, July 31, 2012.  Vote Yolanda Begum for Cameron County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, Place 2.

Alejandro “Alex” Dominguez Endorses Yolanda Begum for Cameron County JP 2-2

Teacher. Attorney. Family Man.  Alex Dominguez has made his mark in helping the community around him in Cameron County.  After attending Rice University and teaching students in Texas, Alejandro “Alex” Dominguez gained a legal education at the prestigious Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, and made his home in our beloved Cameron County.

He has run for office, he has helped the poor, he has fought for the rights of those who need a voice in a sea of turmoil.  Alex Dominguez shares the views, concepts, and passions of working for the betterment of the public good which Yolanda Begum believes in.  For this reason, and so many more, he endorses Yolanda Begum for Cameron County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2, Place 2. 

Like Yolanda Begum, Alex understands that representing the needs of the public begins with a belief that selfless service is the foundation for the role of the public servant.  Alex has always shown a commitment to the betterment of the citizenry of Cameron County, and as such is enthusiastic to endorse the candidacy of Yolanda Begum for Cameron County Justice of the Peace 2-2.

Jul 03
Alejandro “Alex” Dominguez Endorses Yolanda Begum for Cameron County JP 2-2
Teacher. Attorney. Family Man.  Alex Dominguez has made his mark in helping the community around him in Cameron County.  After attending Rice University and teaching students in Texas, Alejandro “Alex” Dominguez gained a legal education at the prestigious Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, and made his home in our beloved Cameron County.
He has run for office, he has helped the poor, he has fought for the rights of those who need a voice in a sea of turmoil.  Alex Dominguez shares the views, concepts, and passions of working for the betterment of the public good which Yolanda Begum believes in.  For this reason, and so many more, he endorses Yolanda Begum for Cameron County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2, Place 2. 
Like Yolanda Begum, Alex understands that representing the needs of the public begins with a belief that selfless service is the foundation for the role of the public servant.  Alex has always shown a commitment to the betterment of the citizenry of Cameron County, and as such is enthusiastic to endorse the candidacy of Yolanda Begum for Cameron County Justice of the Peace 2-2.

Much has been made by my opponent on the issue of how being a lawyer is necessary to serve in the position of Justice of Peace for Cameron County, Precinct 2-Place 2.  I would like to take time to make a thorough response on this idea.  I wish to begin with a history of this role - a role that traces its roots back to 12th century England when Richard I bestowed upon Knights the role to be “Keepers of the King’s Peace.”  Over time, the title as we know it was created in the 14th century and, naturally, some of the concepts of the old English law were transferred over to the United States.

The first Justices of the Peace were volunteers, and many were local citizens, businesspersons, ranchers, and farmers.  In fact, there were some lawyers, though it was not a prerequisite for the office in the American colonies.  As time marched forward, the post changed in many states (some states, like New York, no longer have the position).  To this day, not all states require that this role be a lawyer.

In fact, in Texas, many Justices of the Peace are not lawyers.  They are hard-working citizens, like you, who run for the office to help administer certain matters of civil and criminal law in their regions.  Oddly enough, of the Justices of the Peace in Cameron County, currently none are lawyers.  This happens to be the case in many counties across our great state where many Justices are not lawyers.  In fact, in Texas, being a lawyer is not a prerequisite for office as the State of Texas offers judicial procedural training for those in the position.

The reason for this is because the idea is that the Justice of the Peace is a position that comes from the people, of the people, by the people.  Elected to serve, whether a businessperson or a cook, whether a school teacher or a doctor, whether a bus driver or a carpenter - the point of the Justice of the Peace office is to serve the people and be elected from the people.  There is no rule, no law, no codicil that says the Justice of the Peace must be a lawyer.  In fact, history shows that those elected from the body of citizens often serve, regardless of their occupation prior.

Don’t let deception or smoke and mirrors guide you.  Choose based on overall life experience - from business to community service, from family to community, choose your Justice of the Peace from someone who loves family as you love family.  Someone who has fought as you have fought - for all that is right and good in this world.  Choose me, Yolanda Begum, as your Justice of the Peace for Precinct 2 Place 2 in Cameron County on July 31st. 

Warmest Regards,


Yolanda Begum 

Jun 09
Much has been made by my opponent on the issue of how being a lawyer is necessary to serve in the position of Justice of Peace for Cameron County, Precinct 2-Place 2.  I would like to take time to make a thorough response on this idea.  I wish to begin with a history of this role - a role that traces its roots back to 12th century England when Richard I bestowed upon Knights the role to be “Keepers of the King’s Peace.”  Over time, the title as we know it was created in the 14th century and, naturally, some of the concepts of the old English law were transferred over to the United States.

The first Justices of the Peace were volunteers, and many were local citizens, businesspersons, ranchers, and farmers.  In fact, there were some lawyers, though it was not a prerequisite for the office in the American colonies.  As time marched forward, the post changed in many states (some states, like New York, no longer have the position).  To this day, not all states require that this role be a lawyer.

In fact, in Texas, many Justices of the Peace are not lawyers.  They are hard-working citizens, like you, who run for the office to help administer certain matters of civil and criminal law in their regions.  Oddly enough, of the Justices of the Peace in Cameron County, currently none are lawyers.  This happens to be the case in many counties across our great state where many Justices are not lawyers.  In fact, in Texas, being a lawyer is not a prerequisite for office as the State of Texas offers judicial procedural training for those in the position.

The reason for this is because the idea is that the Justice of the Peace is a position that comes from the people, of the people, by the people.  Elected to serve, whether a businessperson or a cook, whether a school teacher or a doctor, whether a bus driver or a carpenter - the point of the Justice of the Peace office is to serve the people and be elected from the people.  There is no rule, no law, no codicil that says the Justice of the Peace must be a lawyer.  In fact, history shows that those elected from the body of citizens often serve, regardless of their occupation prior.

Don’t let deception or smoke and mirrors guide you.  Choose based on overall life experience - from business to community service, from family to community, choose your Justice of the Peace from someone who loves family as you love family.  Someone who has fought as you have fought - for all that is right and good in this world.  Choose me, Yolanda Begum, as your Justice of the Peace for Precinct 2 Place 2 in Cameron County on July 31st. 

Warmest Regards,
Yolanda Begum 

May 30, 2012

I wish to begin by thanking all of those who voted for me in last night’s election.  Voicing your vote for me as someone who will implement positive and empowering solutions to the challenges that lay ahead for Cameron County is a humbling experience, and I am overjoyed at the results.

My thanks also must go to my family, my volunteers,  the staff  and supporters - all of whom canvassed, walked, took pictures, shook hands, listened intently to your needs, and  were all instrumental in creating the votes needed to ensure a run-off on July 31, 2012.  Your support, your care, and your belief in me are all pillars of strength which together we will carry with us to the Run-Off Election.

Life is filled with challenges, and this run-off election is no different from any other challenge we face.  The powerful thought which motivates me now is that this challenge is one that, together, we will face as a community of citizens who wish for new and innovative solutions to those things that plague our beloved Cameron County.

Together with those who voted, we can embody a spirit of positive and effective change that will create a Cameron County we know will have sustainable growth for generations to come.   So let us look forward, together, to invoking the start of that change on July 31 by bringing our voices to bear once more during the Run-Off Election. 

My sincerest and warmest thanks, again, to all of you who made the journey thus far fun, prosperous, and joyful.  I look forward to continuing with you on this journey to July 31st and far beyond.

Sincerely Yours,

Yolanda Begum

May 30
May 30, 2012

I wish to begin by thanking all of those who voted for me in last night’s election.  Voicing your vote for me as someone who will implement positive and empowering solutions to the challenges that lay ahead for Cameron County is a humbling experience, and I am overjoyed at the results.
My thanks also must go to my family, my volunteers,  the staff  and supporters - all of whom canvassed, walked, took pictures, shook hands, listened intently to your needs, and  were all instrumental in creating the votes needed to ensure a run-off on July 31, 2012.  Your support, your care, and your belief in me are all pillars of strength which together we will carry with us to the Run-Off Election.
Life is filled with challenges, and this run-off election is no different from any other challenge we face.  The powerful thought which motivates me now is that this challenge is one that, together, we will face as a community of citizens who wish for new and innovative solutions to those things that plague our beloved Cameron County.
Together with those who voted, we can embody a spirit of positive and effective change that will create a Cameron County we know will have sustainable growth for generations to come.   So let us look forward, together, to invoking the start of that change on July 31 by bringing our voices to bear once more during the Run-Off Election. 
My sincerest and warmest thanks, again, to all of you who made the journey thus far fun, prosperous, and joyful.  I look forward to continuing with you on this journey to July 31st and far beyond.
Sincerely Yours,

Yolanda Begum

Please remember to vote this May 29th - it is one small way to show respect for the men and women of our armed forces who give life and limb to preserve our freedoms. Honor a freedom that they fight for under the banner of our red, white, and blue by exercising your right to vote!

May 28
Please remember to vote this May 29th - it is one small way to show respect for the men and women of our armed forces who give life and limb to preserve our freedoms. Honor a freedom that they fight for under the banner of our red, white, and blue by exercising your right to vote!

I, Yolanda Begum, am your ideal choice for Cameron County  Justice of the Peace Precinct 2, Place 2.  As such, in this video I outline my credentials, the experience I have, and my commitment to public service and what I bring to the table from the private sector.  As we close the hours on early voting and move into the final days of the primary, take time to get to know more about me, Yolanda Begum - your right and just choice for Cameron County Justice of the Peace in Precinct 2, Place 2.

May 25
Much has been made by my opponent about my not being a lawyer.  Actually, that has been the centerpoint of their argument - that somehow being an attorney is the only thing that makes one a viable & credible candidate for Justice of the Peace.

Let’s clear the air & get to the truth.  The truth is that most Justices of the Peace are not attorneys - in fact, in many cases, it can be a hindrance for an attorney to be a Justice of the Peace (such may cause a conflict of interest given the high level of public interaction this office has).

Historically, the role of the Justice of the Peace (which came to us from England and Wales) was that the person was selected from everyday citizens.  In the United States, this tradition continued with the idea being that a court that deals so much with the affairs of daily matters must have a presiding justice who is elected from the people.  Not from any single profession.  From us all.

No requirement, written anywhere, says that you need to be an attorney.  Fact is, being an attorney can actually complicate the office and abilities of a court that deals with so many people every day.  
Much has been made by my opponent about my not being a lawyer.  Actually, that has been the centerpoint of their argument - that somehow being an attorney is the only thing that makes one a viable & credible candidate for Justice of the Peace.

Let’s clear the air & get to the truth.  The truth is that most Justices of the Peace are not attorneys - in fact, in many cases, it can be a hindrance for an attorney to be a Justice of the Peace (such may cause a conflict of interest given the high level of public interaction this office has).

Historically, the role of the Justice of the Peace (which came to us from England and Wales) was that the person was selected from everyday citizens.  In the United States, this tradition continued with the idea being that a court that deals so much with the affairs of daily matters must have a presiding justice who is elected from the people.  Not from any single profession.  From us all.

No requirement, written anywhere, says that you need to be an attorney.  Fact is, being an attorney can actually complicate the office and abilities of a court that deals with so many people every day.  

Much has been made by my opponent about my not being a lawyer.  Actually, that has been the centerpoint of their argument - that somehow being an attorney is the only thing that makes one a viable & credible candidate for Justice of the Peace.

Let’s clear the air & get to the truth.  The truth is that most Justices of the Peace are not attorneys - in fact, in many cases, it can be a hindrance for an attorney to be a Justice of the Peace (such may cause a conflict of interest given the high level of public interaction this office has).

Historically, the role of the Justice of the Peace (which came to us from England and Wales) was that the person was selected from everyday citizens.  In the United States, this tradition continued with the idea being that a court that deals so much with the affairs of daily matters must have a presiding justice who is elected from the people.  Not from any single profession.  From us all.

No requirement, written anywhere, says that you need to be an attorney.  Fact is, being an attorney can actually complicate the office and abilities of a court that deals with so many people every day.  

Mr. Michael Parras made this video - a unique and artistic take in the modern-urban-grunge motif of my audio from my commercial using a fast-paced graphics effect. Artistically, it is very modern and quite fun. This type of great artistic creativity is one of the many reasons that I love living in Cameron County, and why I aspire to be a part of its community. As a Justice of the Peace, a role which is designed to be selected from the community at large and not any one specific working segment, I will aspire to ensure that the freedom of artistic expression is one that can be used as a conduit to grow our youth through a love of art in all mediums. Whether in painting, digital video, audio, photography, or sculpture. Thank you, Mr. Parras!

A FUNdraiser Family Event : Bohemian Night at Rehab Bar

Join us for a beautiful bohemian night - a FUNdraiser filled with beauty and culture as we celebrate with music, poetry, flamenco & belly dancing - all at Rehab Bar in Brownsville on July 11th from 7-11 PM.  Tickets are only $20 each - call 956.466.3958 and reserve your spot in support of the Yolanda Begum for Cameron County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, Place 2 campaign.

Anthony Troiani Supports Yolanda Begum for Cameron County, Justice of The Peace, Precinct 2, Place 2
Father.  City Commissioner.  United States Marine. World-educated attorney & civil activist. 
Anthony Troiani now joins the growing list of local leaders dedicated to supporting the campaign of Yolanda Begum for Cameron County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, Place 2.
Anthony Troiani has served as both a civil litigator and a prosecutor, and his record of service to country, county, and local citizens means that he shares the same love and passion for a better Cameron County that Yolanda Begum embodies in her works for the public good.
Like Yolanda Begum, Anthony Troiani supports the idea that public servants are first and foremost protectors of the public welfare through an understanding of the needs of the electorate in the office being held.  His understanding of the local needs of Cameron County makes the support of Anthony Troiani a gesture that shows that Yolanda Begum is the right and just choice for Cameron County Justice of the Peace, Precicnt 2, Place 2.
The run-off is Tuesday, July 31, 2012.  Vote Yolanda Begum for Cameron County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, Place 2.
Anthony Troiani Supports Yolanda Begum for Cameron County, Justice of The Peace, Precinct 2, Place 2
Father.  City Commissioner.  United States Marine. World-educated attorney & civil activist. 
Anthony Troiani now joins the growing list of local leaders dedicated to supporting the campaign of Yolanda Begum for Cameron County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, Place 2.
Anthony Troiani has served as both a civil litigator and a prosecutor, and his record of service to country, county, and local citizens means that he shares the same love and passion for a better Cameron County that Yolanda Begum embodies in her works for the public good.
Like Yolanda Begum, Anthony Troiani supports the idea that public servants are first and foremost protectors of the public welfare through an understanding of the needs of the electorate in the office being held.  His understanding of the local needs of Cameron County makes the support of Anthony Troiani a gesture that shows that Yolanda Begum is the right and just choice for Cameron County Justice of the Peace, Precicnt 2, Place 2.
The run-off is Tuesday, July 31, 2012.  Vote Yolanda Begum for Cameron County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, Place 2.

Anthony Troiani Supports Yolanda Begum for Cameron County, Justice of The Peace, Precinct 2, Place 2

Father.  City Commissioner.  United States Marine. World-educated attorney & civil activist. 

Anthony Troiani now joins the growing list of local leaders dedicated to supporting the campaign of Yolanda Begum for Cameron County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, Place 2.

Anthony Troiani has served as both a civil litigator and a prosecutor, and his record of service to country, county, and local citizens means that he shares the same love and passion for a better Cameron County that Yolanda Begum embodies in her works for the public good.

Like Yolanda Begum, Anthony Troiani supports the idea that public servants are first and foremost protectors of the public welfare through an understanding of the needs of the electorate in the office being held.  His understanding of the local needs of Cameron County makes the support of Anthony Troiani a gesture that shows that Yolanda Begum is the right and just choice for Cameron County Justice of the Peace, Precicnt 2, Place 2.

The run-off is Tuesday, July 31, 2012.  Vote Yolanda Begum for Cameron County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, Place 2.

Alejandro “Alex” Dominguez Endorses Yolanda Begum for Cameron County JP 2-2
Teacher. Attorney. Family Man.  Alex Dominguez has made his mark in helping the community around him in Cameron County.  After attending Rice University and teaching students in Texas, Alejandro “Alex” Dominguez gained a legal education at the prestigious Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, and made his home in our beloved Cameron County.
He has run for office, he has helped the poor, he has fought for the rights of those who need a voice in a sea of turmoil.  Alex Dominguez shares the views, concepts, and passions of working for the betterment of the public good which Yolanda Begum believes in.  For this reason, and so many more, he endorses Yolanda Begum for Cameron County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2, Place 2. 
Like Yolanda Begum, Alex understands that representing the needs of the public begins with a belief that selfless service is the foundation for the role of the public servant.  Alex has always shown a commitment to the betterment of the citizenry of Cameron County, and as such is enthusiastic to endorse the candidacy of Yolanda Begum for Cameron County Justice of the Peace 2-2.
Alejandro “Alex” Dominguez Endorses Yolanda Begum for Cameron County JP 2-2
Teacher. Attorney. Family Man.  Alex Dominguez has made his mark in helping the community around him in Cameron County.  After attending Rice University and teaching students in Texas, Alejandro “Alex” Dominguez gained a legal education at the prestigious Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, and made his home in our beloved Cameron County.
He has run for office, he has helped the poor, he has fought for the rights of those who need a voice in a sea of turmoil.  Alex Dominguez shares the views, concepts, and passions of working for the betterment of the public good which Yolanda Begum believes in.  For this reason, and so many more, he endorses Yolanda Begum for Cameron County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2, Place 2. 
Like Yolanda Begum, Alex understands that representing the needs of the public begins with a belief that selfless service is the foundation for the role of the public servant.  Alex has always shown a commitment to the betterment of the citizenry of Cameron County, and as such is enthusiastic to endorse the candidacy of Yolanda Begum for Cameron County Justice of the Peace 2-2.

Alejandro “Alex” Dominguez Endorses Yolanda Begum for Cameron County JP 2-2

Teacher. Attorney. Family Man.  Alex Dominguez has made his mark in helping the community around him in Cameron County.  After attending Rice University and teaching students in Texas, Alejandro “Alex” Dominguez gained a legal education at the prestigious Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, and made his home in our beloved Cameron County.

He has run for office, he has helped the poor, he has fought for the rights of those who need a voice in a sea of turmoil.  Alex Dominguez shares the views, concepts, and passions of working for the betterment of the public good which Yolanda Begum believes in.  For this reason, and so many more, he endorses Yolanda Begum for Cameron County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2, Place 2. 

Like Yolanda Begum, Alex understands that representing the needs of the public begins with a belief that selfless service is the foundation for the role of the public servant.  Alex has always shown a commitment to the betterment of the citizenry of Cameron County, and as such is enthusiastic to endorse the candidacy of Yolanda Begum for Cameron County Justice of the Peace 2-2.

Much has been made by my opponent on the issue of how being a lawyer is necessary to serve in the position of Justice of Peace for Cameron County, Precinct 2-Place 2.  I would like to take time to make a thorough response on this idea.  I wish to begin with a history of this role - a role that traces its roots back to 12th century England when Richard I bestowed upon Knights the role to be “Keepers of the King’s Peace.”  Over time, the title as we know it was created in the 14th century and, naturally, some of the concepts of the old English law were transferred over to the United States.

The first Justices of the Peace were volunteers, and many were local citizens, businesspersons, ranchers, and farmers.  In fact, there were some lawyers, though it was not a prerequisite for the office in the American colonies.  As time marched forward, the post changed in many states (some states, like New York, no longer have the position).  To this day, not all states require that this role be a lawyer.

In fact, in Texas, many Justices of the Peace are not lawyers.  They are hard-working citizens, like you, who run for the office to help administer certain matters of civil and criminal law in their regions.  Oddly enough, of the Justices of the Peace in Cameron County, currently none are lawyers.  This happens to be the case in many counties across our great state where many Justices are not lawyers.  In fact, in Texas, being a lawyer is not a prerequisite for office as the State of Texas offers judicial procedural training for those in the position.

The reason for this is because the idea is that the Justice of the Peace is a position that comes from the people, of the people, by the people.  Elected to serve, whether a businessperson or a cook, whether a school teacher or a doctor, whether a bus driver or a carpenter - the point of the Justice of the Peace office is to serve the people and be elected from the people.  There is no rule, no law, no codicil that says the Justice of the Peace must be a lawyer.  In fact, history shows that those elected from the body of citizens often serve, regardless of their occupation prior.

Don’t let deception or smoke and mirrors guide you.  Choose based on overall life experience - from business to community service, from family to community, choose your Justice of the Peace from someone who loves family as you love family.  Someone who has fought as you have fought - for all that is right and good in this world.  Choose me, Yolanda Begum, as your Justice of the Peace for Precinct 2 Place 2 in Cameron County on July 31st. 

Warmest Regards,
Yolanda Begum 
Much has been made by my opponent on the issue of how being a lawyer is necessary to serve in the position of Justice of Peace for Cameron County, Precinct 2-Place 2.  I would like to take time to make a thorough response on this idea.  I wish to begin with a history of this role - a role that traces its roots back to 12th century England when Richard I bestowed upon Knights the role to be “Keepers of the King’s Peace.”  Over time, the title as we know it was created in the 14th century and, naturally, some of the concepts of the old English law were transferred over to the United States.

The first Justices of the Peace were volunteers, and many were local citizens, businesspersons, ranchers, and farmers.  In fact, there were some lawyers, though it was not a prerequisite for the office in the American colonies.  As time marched forward, the post changed in many states (some states, like New York, no longer have the position).  To this day, not all states require that this role be a lawyer.

In fact, in Texas, many Justices of the Peace are not lawyers.  They are hard-working citizens, like you, who run for the office to help administer certain matters of civil and criminal law in their regions.  Oddly enough, of the Justices of the Peace in Cameron County, currently none are lawyers.  This happens to be the case in many counties across our great state where many Justices are not lawyers.  In fact, in Texas, being a lawyer is not a prerequisite for office as the State of Texas offers judicial procedural training for those in the position.

The reason for this is because the idea is that the Justice of the Peace is a position that comes from the people, of the people, by the people.  Elected to serve, whether a businessperson or a cook, whether a school teacher or a doctor, whether a bus driver or a carpenter - the point of the Justice of the Peace office is to serve the people and be elected from the people.  There is no rule, no law, no codicil that says the Justice of the Peace must be a lawyer.  In fact, history shows that those elected from the body of citizens often serve, regardless of their occupation prior.

Don’t let deception or smoke and mirrors guide you.  Choose based on overall life experience - from business to community service, from family to community, choose your Justice of the Peace from someone who loves family as you love family.  Someone who has fought as you have fought - for all that is right and good in this world.  Choose me, Yolanda Begum, as your Justice of the Peace for Precinct 2 Place 2 in Cameron County on July 31st. 

Warmest Regards,
Yolanda Begum 

Much has been made by my opponent on the issue of how being a lawyer is necessary to serve in the position of Justice of Peace for Cameron County, Precinct 2-Place 2.  I would like to take time to make a thorough response on this idea.  I wish to begin with a history of this role - a role that traces its roots back to 12th century England when Richard I bestowed upon Knights the role to be “Keepers of the King’s Peace.”  Over time, the title as we know it was created in the 14th century and, naturally, some of the concepts of the old English law were transferred over to the United States.

The first Justices of the Peace were volunteers, and many were local citizens, businesspersons, ranchers, and farmers.  In fact, there were some lawyers, though it was not a prerequisite for the office in the American colonies.  As time marched forward, the post changed in many states (some states, like New York, no longer have the position).  To this day, not all states require that this role be a lawyer.

In fact, in Texas, many Justices of the Peace are not lawyers.  They are hard-working citizens, like you, who run for the office to help administer certain matters of civil and criminal law in their regions.  Oddly enough, of the Justices of the Peace in Cameron County, currently none are lawyers.  This happens to be the case in many counties across our great state where many Justices are not lawyers.  In fact, in Texas, being a lawyer is not a prerequisite for office as the State of Texas offers judicial procedural training for those in the position.

The reason for this is because the idea is that the Justice of the Peace is a position that comes from the people, of the people, by the people.  Elected to serve, whether a businessperson or a cook, whether a school teacher or a doctor, whether a bus driver or a carpenter - the point of the Justice of the Peace office is to serve the people and be elected from the people.  There is no rule, no law, no codicil that says the Justice of the Peace must be a lawyer.  In fact, history shows that those elected from the body of citizens often serve, regardless of their occupation prior.

Don’t let deception or smoke and mirrors guide you.  Choose based on overall life experience - from business to community service, from family to community, choose your Justice of the Peace from someone who loves family as you love family.  Someone who has fought as you have fought - for all that is right and good in this world.  Choose me, Yolanda Begum, as your Justice of the Peace for Precinct 2 Place 2 in Cameron County on July 31st. 

Warmest Regards,


Yolanda Begum 

May 30, 2012

I wish to begin by thanking all of those who voted for me in last night’s election.  Voicing your vote for me as someone who will implement positive and empowering solutions to the challenges that lay ahead for Cameron County is a humbling experience, and I am overjoyed at the results.
My thanks also must go to my family, my volunteers,  the staff  and supporters - all of whom canvassed, walked, took pictures, shook hands, listened intently to your needs, and  were all instrumental in creating the votes needed to ensure a run-off on July 31, 2012.  Your support, your care, and your belief in me are all pillars of strength which together we will carry with us to the Run-Off Election.
Life is filled with challenges, and this run-off election is no different from any other challenge we face.  The powerful thought which motivates me now is that this challenge is one that, together, we will face as a community of citizens who wish for new and innovative solutions to those things that plague our beloved Cameron County.
Together with those who voted, we can embody a spirit of positive and effective change that will create a Cameron County we know will have sustainable growth for generations to come.   So let us look forward, together, to invoking the start of that change on July 31 by bringing our voices to bear once more during the Run-Off Election. 
My sincerest and warmest thanks, again, to all of you who made the journey thus far fun, prosperous, and joyful.  I look forward to continuing with you on this journey to July 31st and far beyond.
Sincerely Yours,

Yolanda Begum
May 30, 2012

I wish to begin by thanking all of those who voted for me in last night’s election.  Voicing your vote for me as someone who will implement positive and empowering solutions to the challenges that lay ahead for Cameron County is a humbling experience, and I am overjoyed at the results.
My thanks also must go to my family, my volunteers,  the staff  and supporters - all of whom canvassed, walked, took pictures, shook hands, listened intently to your needs, and  were all instrumental in creating the votes needed to ensure a run-off on July 31, 2012.  Your support, your care, and your belief in me are all pillars of strength which together we will carry with us to the Run-Off Election.
Life is filled with challenges, and this run-off election is no different from any other challenge we face.  The powerful thought which motivates me now is that this challenge is one that, together, we will face as a community of citizens who wish for new and innovative solutions to those things that plague our beloved Cameron County.
Together with those who voted, we can embody a spirit of positive and effective change that will create a Cameron County we know will have sustainable growth for generations to come.   So let us look forward, together, to invoking the start of that change on July 31 by bringing our voices to bear once more during the Run-Off Election. 
My sincerest and warmest thanks, again, to all of you who made the journey thus far fun, prosperous, and joyful.  I look forward to continuing with you on this journey to July 31st and far beyond.
Sincerely Yours,

Yolanda Begum

May 30, 2012

I wish to begin by thanking all of those who voted for me in last night’s election.  Voicing your vote for me as someone who will implement positive and empowering solutions to the challenges that lay ahead for Cameron County is a humbling experience, and I am overjoyed at the results.

My thanks also must go to my family, my volunteers,  the staff  and supporters - all of whom canvassed, walked, took pictures, shook hands, listened intently to your needs, and  were all instrumental in creating the votes needed to ensure a run-off on July 31, 2012.  Your support, your care, and your belief in me are all pillars of strength which together we will carry with us to the Run-Off Election.

Life is filled with challenges, and this run-off election is no different from any other challenge we face.  The powerful thought which motivates me now is that this challenge is one that, together, we will face as a community of citizens who wish for new and innovative solutions to those things that plague our beloved Cameron County.

Together with those who voted, we can embody a spirit of positive and effective change that will create a Cameron County we know will have sustainable growth for generations to come.   So let us look forward, together, to invoking the start of that change on July 31 by bringing our voices to bear once more during the Run-Off Election. 

My sincerest and warmest thanks, again, to all of you who made the journey thus far fun, prosperous, and joyful.  I look forward to continuing with you on this journey to July 31st and far beyond.

Sincerely Yours,

Yolanda Begum

I, Yolanda Begum, am your ideal choice for Cameron County  Justice of the Peace Precinct 2, Place 2.  As such, in this video I outline my credentials, the experience I have, and my commitment to public service and what I bring to the table from the private sector.  As we close the hours on early voting and move into the final days of the primary, take time to get to know more about me, Yolanda Begum - your right and just choice for Cameron County Justice of the Peace in Precinct 2, Place 2.