Sandra Miller feels called by God to run for office as the Justice of the Peace for Precincts 1 and 4.
“It was after receiving the blessing of being healed from major illness twice, surviving a tornado with no damage, when devastation was totally around me, and making it through a pandemic with not one of my family members being lost to a mass epidemic — that put me in a mindset of searching for what it was that I could do for God,” Miller said. “My response was ‘serve my people,’ which I consider as a privilege and honor because my belief is that it is more of a blessing to give than to receive...
“The pursuit for a position of servitude to my neighbors, to those that live within my community, is the next step in my life as I have come to recognize and accept that I am someone whose steps have been ordered by God. So out of obedience to God; the goal of running for the position of JP is fed by a faith that assures me that it is ‘the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen’ with no hesitation, because that which I have gone through has been my preparation to be the next Justice of Peace for the precinct that I am now blessed to live in.”
Miller considers herself uniquely different from her opponents, remarking that her experience in life has not been limited by being born, raised and lived here all her life with blood lines dating back to the 1800s.
“One would have to be very careful because those very factors could easily led to impartiality, favoritism and unfair judgment of others,” she said. “Nor have I worked on the side of law enforcement all my life, which if one is not careful, could cause one to be not-so-understanding of culture or job differences, red-lining and one-tracked mind of resolutions to opinions of indifference.”
Miller has experience working for Criminal District Attorney Morris Samford Jr., and said that she worked for all people, being fair in following the law and doing her job well enough to be noticed. She continued to work in the office for his successor, Danny Buck Davidson.
“I still worked for all the people, staying focused on my position with a sincere commitment to the purpose of serving the people with respect, dignity, tactfulness and loyalty to my position, my office team members and my boss; by doing my job well enough to make newspaper headlines about ‘DA’s Hot Check Program Reaps Positive Results,’ where it showed I, (worked) cohesively with the constables, Sheriff’s Office, city police, both JP offices, lawyers and bail bondsmen to collect and return large amounts of money lost in worthless checks back to our local vendors,” she said.
Miller has a vision for growth if elected to serve as JP, saying she would “love to step outside the box in our thinking and perhaps join forces with the local college, existing youth organizations, community volunteers to work as mentors with our youths to find ways of cutting back on bullying in the schools which may very well be tied to our truancy rate, however low it may or may not be,” she said. “In other words, take a pro-active stance in promoting peace within our youth and not wait until they are brought in because of troubled situations that have gotten out of hand.”
Miller plans to be that person in the office available to serve the people at all times during courthouse hours, even if her lunch hour is taken later to be there during lunch time for people who only have that time to take off. She wants to open up a public suggestion box available to the general public. She said she also wants to create education for landlords and tenants in the community in hopes of creating peaceful housing partnerships — therefore hopefully leading to less evictions and justice being served in ways that promote solutions for all.
Miller said her work experience has given her opportunities to work with many different people.
“I have been fortunate to work in positions were I worked alongside people that were on front line positions to build a compassionate heart and a listening ear to the voices of the community on an equal level with them, not as a superior over them; but in each position stayed focused on betterment for the company, my fellow worker and myself always striving for excellence in what I was doing,” she said. “This gave me the opportunity to be promoted to positions were I was educated, trained and groomed to adjust and learn the management side of the business, learning company policies and procedures; communicating with management, administrators, others in authority and the general public.”
Miller cited several other notable job experiences: She opened a Pottery Gift Shop, where she reached out to the elderly in the community by way of offering art classes and reached out to the community youth by working with the local elementary school by giving workshops entitled “Seeds of Greatness” that promoted self-pride, self-awareness and respect for others. She founded Freedom Hall, which opened the doors to the Boys and Girls After School program.
“Within this entity, my sincere love to work with all people allowed me to join forces with our local Panola College students who served as mentors in the program, worked with outside vendors, the mayor, community volunteers and the Senior Program called Experience Works; and sometimes joined forces with the United Methodist Church afterschool program...” Miller said. “I’ve represented the Community’s Interest both on the Texas Workforce Commission and the Tri-County Commission Boards.”
She has also been an investor in the community as a landlord for the past 15 years, providing housing to all and their families, regardless of race, religion, political party affiliation or level of education.
“(I am) always doing my very best to be fair, honest, trustworthy and just in my dealings with people,” Miller said. “There has never been room for the ungodly spirit of favoritism, racism, segregation nor separatism in anything that I have involved myself in.”
Miller stressed that in the primary and general election, it’s not about the party, it’s about the qualifications and character of the person.
“I want to be here for the people, so whereas the Justice of the Peace office is the heartbeat of the courthouse, and when the people don’t know where to go; they’ll always know that they can get help and/or direction to where they need to start,” she said. “For it is a known fact: ‘that where there is no vision the people perish!’”