Janae Holland has announced her candidacy for Justice of the Peace Pct. 2.
Holland is a Mineola High School graduate and has been a resident of Mineola for 39 years. She also attended Tyler Junior College and received a Federal Communications Commission license through the Columbia School of Broadcasting.
Holland has worked for the Wood County Sheriff’s Department since 1998 and she believes it has given her the experience, skills and perspective to excel as justice of the peace.
Holland said her background in law enforcement has prepared her for being a vital and active communications link for the community. She says her enthusiasm to help others is infectious. She has been out in the community waiting tables in a fundraiser for cancer, helping youth groups at church and supporting citizens of all ages always wearing a big smile and approaching things with positivity.
She has been a single mother and said she strives for high standards in raising her son Jaxon Holland as she demonstrates the importance of showing respect to others. She pointed out her mother, Lillian Holland, retired from the post office, “which gave her a strong sense of being a public servant.”
Holland said family and community are what drive her to excellence. She notes that her willingness to serve the community has been demonstrated by her support of her son raising money to provide bulletproof vests for the sheriff’s department. She said that her foundation in law enforcement and the time she has spent volunteering on the Child Welfare Board have given her a unique insight into behaviors, both good and bad. She feels the position of justice of the peace could benefit from her “innate sense of equality and fairness for everyone.”
“I am eager to serve the community as justice of the peace, with fairness, honesty and equality for all residents of Pct. 2, in duties both large and small,” Holland said. She believes her “dedication to family and others and a moral belief that honesty is a must, is a hallmark that any city would be proud to have in their elected officials.” Holland said she looks forward to presenting herself as a candidate worthy of votes and she is also looking forward to a “positive campaign, meeting citizens, and tackling issues.”