SARA GROFF FOR WILLIAMSON COUNTY
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 2

sara groff justice of the peace


Equal Access to Equal Justice for Everyone

My name is Sara Groff, and I want to be your next justice of the peace, precinct 2.

 

The justice of the peace is the closest judicial officer to the citizens of the community. They make vital decisions about individual rights and freedoms and are key to an effective, equitable, timely judicial system. In many instances, the justice of the peace is a person’s first — and sometimes only — contact with the court system. They have a unique opportunity to positively impact lives. 

  

I look forward to bringing a fresh approach to the role of justice of the peace, precinct 2.

 

          That includes:

  • *   Administering the law fairly, equally, and without prejudice;
  • *   Working to modernize the court;
  • *   Removing barriers to equal justice for all;
  • *   Cultivating a legal resource community to serve low-income and indigent persons; and
  • *   Bringing weddings back to the JP 2 Court! 

 

A community is only as strong as its individuals who call it home, and the job of every public official is to empower those individuals to live freely, securely, and as full participants in society. 

 

This race is about what unites us all: caring for our neighbors, building community, and ensuring equal justice — and equal access to justice — for everyone. If elected, I will treat every person who enters my court with respect and dignity, and perform all duties prescribed by law to the justice of the peace with a sense of ultimate responsibility to the people of Williamson County. Together, we can make this the kind of place we all want and deserve to call home. 


I firmly believe justice should be accessible and administered without bias for every citizen, regardless of age, race, income, zip code, gender/gender identity, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or political ideology.
I believe, just as strongly, that a low-level offense should not destroy a person’s life. 

Personal Background

 

 

In my family, we have always valued good neighbors, community involvement, and public service. Indeed, many of my relatives are public officials or work in the nonprofit sector. We are all politically active. At an early age, my parents taught my brothers and me an important lesson: Democracy is not a spectator sport.  We accompanied them to the polls, got involved in political campaigns, and helped my grandmother with her League of Women Voters registration drives. The lessons were loud and clear: Voting is a privilege and a responsibility. Democracy requires action to thrive.

 

I didn’t grow up in a wealthy family, but we knew service to our community and to others brought its own form of riches. My father has always worked in public broadcasting. He began his career in (year) as the third employee of KEDT-TV (PBS) in Corpus Christi and built the station from the ground up. Fifty years later, he is still there, serving the people of South Texas. I have always admired my father’s work ethic, his dedication to community, and his unwavering ability to see the best in every friend, neighbor and stranger he met. He truly taught my brothers and me what it means to serve.  

 

 

Education and Professional Experience

 

 

In addition to my personal background, my professional experience in both the private and public sectors has prepared me for the role of justice of the peace. 

 

I began my private-sector career in crisis customer service, where tensions are already high before you even begin trying to solve a problem. As a corporate trainer, I developed strong communication and interpersonal skills. As project manager for a major telecommunications company, I managed expansive IT projects, a high-stress position that required crystal clear communication and effective management of diverse teams and large budgets.

 

For 15 years, I paused my career to stay home and raise my children. I knew I wanted to work in the public sector when I went back to work — specifically, in government. In preparation, I went back to school to seek a degree in government and public health. In 2018, I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with an honors degree in health and society — essentially, public health and sociology — and a minor in government. 

 

After graduating, I went to work as district director for State Representative John Bucy, who represents House District 136 in the Texas Legislature. This role puts a premium on skills such as communication, problem solving, and inclusion. I love that I get to work for the community in which I live. 

 

 

Volunteerism

 

 

City of Cedar Park Planning and Zoning Commission. For the past 5 years, I have volunteered with the City of Cedar Park Planning and Zoning Commission, serving as chair for two years. This role has afforded me vital experience working with a diverse group of stakeholders. I have also demonstrated the ability to synthesize complex information, hear and consider opposing positions on various issues, and work toward fair, unbiased decisions. 

 

 

Food Delivery Program. For the past two years, I have operated a food delivery program to ensure our neighbors in precinct 2 have access to fresh food and meats. I manage a team of volunteers and coordinate all logistics. Many of the volunteers have been with me since the program was established in March 2020 and, together, we have made weekly deliveries totaling more than 90,0000 pounds of food. I love this type of work because of the personal connections it creates. 

Education:

*  University of Texas, Austin, Texas 2018

*  Health and Society Major

*  Minor in Government and English

Professional Experience:

Texas House of Representatives, State Rep. John H. Bucy III
2019 – Present

District Director

* Acts as the representative for the Representative within his area of responsibility including answering casework correspondence, meeting with constituents, verbal and written communications with constituents, and serving as a liaison with state, district, and local agencies.

* Assists with managing district policy, advisory, and grassroots teams as needed.

* Informs the Representative, Chief of Staff, and Legislative Director of all happenings in his or her assigned issue areas by screening district media sources and interacting with constituents.

* Handles casework assignments.

* Continually screens active cases and acts as liaison with constituents to ensure that their cases are handled in a responsive manner.

* Assesses casework for problems requiring legislative action and makes recommendations to the Chief of Staff and Legislative Director.

* Trains and supervises Staff Assistants, including interns, to handle office matters such as logging incoming and outgoing correspondence, handling visitors, telephone calls, and computer operations.

* Develops documentation relating to legislation filed by the Representative.

Community Appointments:

City of Cedar Park Planning and Zoning Commission
August 2017 – Present

Chair/Commissioner

*  Provide recommendations to the City Council on land use, zoning changes, zoning ordinances, and amendments to the Comprehensive Master Plan.

*  Apply a thorough understanding of the planning and zoning process and code of Cedar Park.

*  Evaluate proposed applications for zoning cases

*  Completed Texas Open Meetings Act and Public Information Act training.

 

League of Women Voters, Austin, Texas
November 2015 – May 2017

Board of Directors

*  Served as Development Director.

*  Produced all fundraising campaign documentation.

*  Raised $15,000.00 dollars for printing and distribution the League’s Voters Guide

 

Legislative Database Manager – 2015

*  Designed and implemented reporting tools to track 2015 Capital Corp Campaign.

*  Analyzed and streamlined the data collection process for all League chairs in Texas.

 

Gentiva Hospice, Austin, Texas – 2015

Hospice Volunteer

*  Served as a companion to hospice patients

*  Provided socialization activities

*  Maintained communication by providing reports outlining patient’s demeanor, and noting any physical, mental, or emotional changes.