Tomball's first female municipal judge has decided to throw her hat into the political ring, as she makes a run for Harris County Justice of the Peace (JP).
Laryssa Korduba Hrncir, of Tomball, recently announced that she will run for the Pct. 4, Place 2 JP seat, after 30-year incumbent Tom Lawrence announced he will retire at the end of his current term.
"With support from my family, this wonderful community we call home and Republican leaders across Harris County, I launched my campaign for Justice of the Peace to bring my judicial, legal and professional experience to the service of the citizens of North Harris County," said Korduba Hrncir. "I've always wanted to run for Justice of the Peace. It's a job I have always wanted."
Korduba Hrncir was appointed as Tomball's first municipal court judge in 2008 and has served on the bench ever since. She said her judicial experience is a valuable commodity in the race.
"I am the only one running that has judicial experience," she said. "In a district the size of Pct. 4 that distinct experience is very important."
Korduba Hrncir is also a practicing attorney, with a background in business litigation. She received her law degree from the University of Houston in 2003 as a Mixon Scholarship Recipient and started her law practice with a table purchased from a garage sale. She has since grown her legal practice to become a statewide firm.
Korduba Hrncir has been an active member of the Tomball Rotary Club since 2007. She has been on numerous boards and community projects, including serving three years on the Boy Scouts of America Community in Action committee. She was recently elected to the Lone Star College Foundation board and serves on the Tomball Pregnancy Center executive board. The Judge served six years on the Board of Directors for the Northwest Rural EMS and two years on the Northwest Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors.
She said that her passion for the law and helping guide juveniles down the correct path is one of the many reasons she decided to run.
"I have run my court as a fair, but tough judge and it's given me the ability to change lives," she said. "We can help kids and change their lives by how we treat them in the courts."
Korduba Hrncir said she specifically recalls a young man she handed a sentence to that was designed to hold him accountable, but guide him down the right path.
"He came to me later and told me that I was the first person that ever believed he could do anything," she said. "He told me that everyone else always told him he couldn't, but with the court’s help he did and was a better person for it."
She said the heavy case load in Pct. 4, with more than 1 million residents, will take a forward thinker with conservative values to manage.
"Technology is a key," Korduba Hrncir said. "We have to have the correct technology to manage the work and to keep things moving. Efficiency is the biggest challenge. We need to be able to get people in and out because they are paying for our courts with their taxes. They don't need to be there all day."
Korduba Hrncir will officially kick off her campaign with an event at Cisco's Salsa Company in Tomball Sept. 17.
For more information on Korduba Hrncir visit www.judgelaryssaforjp.com.