Justice talks campaigning amid COVID-19
District 4 Dallas County Commissioner Candidate Jan Justice won 38.25 percent of the vote in a race with five candidates, one of which was long standing incumbent Larry Nickles.
The result of the March 3 election determined Justice would jockey for the District 4 seat of the Dallas County Commission against William Lumpkin with the date of the runoff election set for March 31.
As the middle of March rolled around, COVID-19 forced people indoors and businesses closed.
The runoff election was subsequently rescheduled for July 14.
Justice expressed her thanks for the voters who placed her in the runoff, but added that the past couple of months have been “terrible” for campaigning.
Justice said once schools and churches began to close their doors, the threat of the virus then seemed very real.
“Since then I’ve just been taking it one day at a time,” said Justice.
During the last two months of “one day at a time”, Justice said she’s strengthened her relationships with both her family and God and come to the realization that it is now more important than ever that Dallas County elect strong leaders come July.
“We’re going to have to make hard decisions,’ said Justice.
The candidate said with the hit Dallas County’s economy has taken due to the virus, there will be much less revenue for the future commission to dictate toward improvement projects.
Even while quarantining at her home in the country, Justice said she’s still been campaigning via phone calls and through social media, sharing her vision of better roads, cleaner streets and a utilization of resources for Dallas County.
Justice said she believes that the country will still be in the midst of COVID-19 come election day, and anyone worried about their safety has plenty of time to apply for an absentee ballot, no matter who they plan to vote for.