Mandy Hopkins Hays of Boyd has announced she will seek a second term as Precinct 3 justice of the peace.
She will run as a Republican in the March primary election.
“I love what I do, but more importantly, I love this community and the people I serve,” she said in a press release from the Wise County Republican Party. “I have always said that a heart for the people and a strong work ethic are two of the most important qualities you can have in public service, and really anything you do, for that matter.”
During her first term as justice of the peace, Hays has worked closely with both Northwest ISD and Boyd ISD to combat truancy and instill the importance of education in those who may consider dropping out.
“Truancy court is so important because it is often an intervention in the lives of those whose behaviors are precursors to bigger problems,” she said. “It’s a chance to discuss the ‘bigger picture’ and to hopefully prevent students from limiting their future opportunities.
“If you can help them understand common sense, along with the law, hopefully one day it’ll all click.”
Hays has also worked diligently to improve the efficiency of the office through further implementation of technology. Citizens can now pay their citations online and over the phone. She also created a website where the public can access information about the court and its processes, as well as download needed forms. Those forms, as well as information packets, are also readily available to the public in the sub-courthouse.
After taking office, Hays also extended office hours to increase availability to the public.
“It’s extremely important to me that this office is run in such a way that everyone, whether they received the outcome they would have liked, feels that they were treated with dignity, respect and according to the law,” she said.
“The Justice Court is often the public’s first interaction with local government. It’s important to me that their first experience is a positive reflection of Wise County by working hard to represent the county in a professional and efficient manner, while maintaining a genuine concern for each citizen.”
Hays is a member of the Texas Justice Court Judges Association, the Texas Justice of the Peace and Constable Association and the International Association for Truancy and Dropout Prevention.
Hays grew up in Boyd and graduated magna cum laude from Tarleton State University with a degree in education. She taught in Irving and Arlington for three years before returning to Wise County with her husband, Mike, to raise their three daughters. She then taught for four years at Paradise Elementary School.
Hays is involved in several local organizations, including the Boyd Education Foundation and the Wise Republican Women. She’s a charter member of the Boyd Lion’s Club and also volunteers with local events and organizations such as the Boyd Youth Association, Boyd ISD’s Career Day, the Boyd Alumni Reunion and The Big Event for Northwest ISD.
Hays said if elected to a second term, she will continue to focus on truancy issues and office efficiency.
“I feel like everything you do in life, it can always be better,” she said. “My office staff is amazing, and we’re always working and trying to find ways to make things just a little bit better, just a little more efficient.
“I would like to thank the people of Precinct 3 for electing me to this position three years ago, and I would be honored to have the privilege of continuing to serve the people in this capacity,” she said.