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2013-10-17

Towers announces for Precinct 1 JP

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Mike Towers, a Pipe Creek resident of many years, announced his candidacy for Bandera County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace.
A long-time area peace officer and former high-tech worker, Towers is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. Towers said, "With my training and experience as a Texas Peace Officer, serving the courts and people of Bandera, Bexar and Atascosa counties, I feel I am qualified to be your justice of the peace. If elected, I promise to serve you honorably, and to do my best to do what's right."
Towers is a former faculty member of the prestigious Texas Justice Court Training Center, which trains JPs and constables from across the state. He said, "I am privileged to hold a Texas Master Peace Officer certification from the State of Texas. That will be very helpful in trying criminal cases in JP Court. However, JPs also handle civil cases up to $10,000. My experience as a faculty member of the TJCTC and as an officer of the court also gives me a great deal of knowledge and experience in handling civil matters, including lawsuits and landlord-tenant problems."
After working in the space program at NASA, and other high-tech firms, including Houston Instrument division of Bausch & Lomb and Datapoint Corporation, Towers changed careers and graduated from the AACOG regional police academy. He started out working for Bandera County Constable Ernie Reich where he learned about civil law and as a criminal investigator for the Bandera County Attorney. Towers later moved on to Precinct 2 in Bexar County Pct. 2, where he retired in March 2011. While there, Towers served as a Writ Investigator where he became an Execution Specialist, one of the most complicated of Writs. Towers was also an adjunct faculty member at AACOG and the TJCTC.
After retiring from Bexar County, Towers kept his Texas Peace Officer's commission current and continues to help out as a law enforcement trainer and course developer all over South Texas, as well as a Writ Investigator in a nearby county.
Towers is also an adjunct instructor for a private military contractor in the Frio County area, where he teaches students from DOD, DEA, DOE, Navy Seals and US State Department personnel. He has been a State of Texas certified concealed handgun instructor for many years, which he continues to teach. Towers is also the Bandera County 4H Rifle coach.
When asked about the most important qualities he brings to the office of JP, Towers said, "I believe my experience, training and integrity are the most important assets I bring to the job." He continued, "The justice court is the people's court in Texas. Everyone has a right to a day in court, and in justice court, you don't even need to hire a lawyer. However, it is all the more important for the judge to be well-trained and know what he is doing so that everyone's rights are observed. I promise to run my court using what I consider the two most important documents as my guide. The first is the Bible. The second is the US Constitution."
Mike Towers has been married to his wife, Joyce, for 37 years. The couple have three grown children, Katie, a retail manager; Jill, a licensed funeral director; and Jordan a US Army 82nd Airborne veteran and full-time college student. Towers also has two grandchildren - and counting.