Friday, July 12, 2024



Judge James MettsAlthough voting has not begun, the election is over for two of Montgomery County’s most popular elected officials. Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace James Metts (top), and Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Grady “Trey” Spikes (bottom) are unopposed in their bids for reelection.

Another election is over for two Montgomery County Justices of the Peace, and they are grateful. Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace James Metts and Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Grady “Trey” Spikes are up for reelection and the deadline passed without either drawing an opponent.

Both judges have deep roots in Montgomery County. Judge Metts is a lifelong East Montgomery County resident, who also raised two children there. He Judge Trey Spikesgraduated from Splendora High School in 1974 and went on to become a successful businessman and eventually an elected official. Judge Metts unseated the Precinct 4 incumbent judge in 2002, defeated an opponent in 2006, and ran unopposed in his bid for a third term in 2010, just as he will as he approaches his fourth term in 2014.

Judge Grady “Trey” Spikes is continuing his family’s legacy. The last time Precinct 2 had a judge named something besides Spikes, it was 1989. To put that into perspective, Mikhail Gorbachev was the leader of what was then the Soviet Union; the first President George Bush was in office; and the “Cold War” was still in progress.

Judge Grady “Trey” Spikes holds the seat his father, Grady Spikes, held from January 1, 1990 until his death in 1999. The younger Judge Spikes took office October 4, 1999.

Judge Metts said he was grateful for the opportunity to serve his friends and neighbors for another term.

“I’m glad to be able to get back to work and not have the distraction of campaigning facing me- I thank East Montgomery County, my staff and the good Lord for that,” Metts said. “I’m humbled, as always, to know that the people of Precinct 4 have put their faith in me, and I pledge to continue my service to them to the best of my ability.”

Judge Spikes also expressed his gratitude for another four years on the bench.

“I’m thankful for the continued support of the community that means so much to me, and to know I’ll be serving as Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace for four more years,” Spikes said. “Great things are happening here, in Montgomery County, and I’m happy to be a part of it.”

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