Debby Gunter endorsed by Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith
Debby Gunter for Judge

Debby Gunter for 241st District Court Judge

Dedicated.
Experienced.
Fair.

Republican Primary 2022

“Each decision made by the Judge of the 241st District Court impacts the people of this community. That responsibility and the effect it has on people’s lives is one I take seriously.”

Debby Gunter for 241st District Court Judge

About Debby.

Debby is a strong Constitutional Conservative who recognizes that a judge’s role is to apply the law as it is written. Because she has practiced both criminal and civil law, she understands the importance of having an impartial judge who will hear both sides of every case and create an environment of respect for everyone in the courtroom – plaintiff or defendant, victim or accused.

Professional Life.

Born and raised in Smith County, Debby returned home after graduating from The University of Houston Law Center. She has practiced law in Tyler for the past 21 years. Over this period of time, Debby has handled hundreds of different types of cases in different courts throughout East Texas, including serving as a prosecutor, protecting the property of business owners through patent litigation, and representing law enforcement and county officials. She is currently a partner at Findlay Craft, P.C. in Tyler, where she handles complex civil cases.

Community Life.

In addition to a wide variety of legal experience, Debby is a committed servant leader who believes in giving back to the community. She has served on boards and in leadership for many local organizations, including the Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County, Leadership Tyler, The Women’s Fund, and the Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County. Debby has a heart for children, donating hundreds of hours in pro-bono representation of infants and children in Smith County C.P.S. cases. She is active in the local bar, having served on the Board of Directors for the Smith County Young Lawyers and the Smith County Bar Association. Debby is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Smith County Bar Foundation.

Personal Life.

Debby is a graduate of Texas Tech University and The University of Houston Law Center. She is married to Tyler native Eric Gunter, who works as a registered nurse. Debby and Eric just celebrated 26 years of marriage. They live in Tyler with their son, Cole, and golden retriever, Buck. They attend Green Acres Baptist Church.

“A judge should accurately apply the law — not rewrite it.”

Debby Gunter for Judge

Why I’m Running.

I’m running for this position because I’m convinced that every person should be allowed the opportunity to come before a fair, impartial judge who will hear both sides of the matter before making any decision.

I have great respect for the judicial system, and I believe that when experienced, hardworking, servant-hearted judges are elected, the entire community benefits.

With 21 years of experience in both state and federal courts, I have handled hundreds of different types of cases throughout East Texas. If elected, I will always seek to accurately apply the law and exemplify professionalism and a commitment to serve.

Why Debby?

When experienced, hardworking, servant-hearted judges are elected, the entire community benefits.

Her Experience

  • Has practiced law for 21 years
  • Former Prosecutor
  • Broad range of experience from complex multi-million dollar patent cases to cases representing businesses and individuals on both sides of the docket
  • Extensive experience in State and Federal Courts in East Texas
  • Smith County Bar Association Young Lawyer of the Year 2011
  • Smith County Bar Association Award of Excellence 2020

Her Love For Smith County

  • Member of Green Acres Baptist Church
  • Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County, Former President & Board Member
  • Leadership Tyler Board of Directors
  • Women’s Fund of Smith County Board of Directors
  • Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County Board of Directors
  • Smith County Bar Foundation Board of Directors
  • Smith County Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Volunteer attorney who has donated hundreds of hours on cases representing children and infants
Debby Gunter for Judge in Smith County Texas (241 District Court)

Why Debby?

When experienced, hardworking, servant-hearted judges are elected, the entire community benefits.

Her Experience

  • Former Prosecutor
  • Broad range of experience from complex multi-million dollar patent cases to cases representing businesses and individuals on both sides of the docket
  • Extensive experience in State and Federal Courts in East Texas
  • Smith County Bar Association Young Lawyer of the Year 2011
  • Smith County Bar Association Award of Excellence 2020

Her Love For Smith County

  • Member, Green Acres Baptist Church
  • Board Member & Former President, Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County Board of Directors
  • Member, Leadership Tyler Board of Directors
  • Member, Women’s Fund of Smith County Board of Directors
  • Member, Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County Board of Directors
  • Member, Smith County Bar Foundation Board of Directors
  • Member, Smith County Bar Association
  • Member, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Volunteer attorney who has donated hundreds of hours on cases representing children and infants

“Every person has a crucial role in supporting their community by using their skills and God-given gifts. For me, that next role is as Judge for the 241st District Court.”

Debby’s Supporters.

Marilyn Abegg-Glass
Michael Ace
Megan and Greg Adcock
Jennifer and Charles Ainsworth
Beccah and Shawn Alberti
Jennifer Alden
Billy D Anderson
Elizabeth and Dave Anderson
Roger W Anderson
Jamie and Brad Andrews
Cristy Arscott
Kishli Ashley
Liz and Brian Ballard
Thomas Doak Bannister
Angela Moss and Jeff Barter
Barbara Bass
Chuck Bauman
Brad Bays
Tab Beall
Kim Beckham
Peggy and John Berry
Kenneth Biggs
Matt Bingham
Dennis Black
Jana and Terry Blevins
Mishae Boren
Paul Boyd
Gillian Brasfield
Bruce Brookshire
Alan Brown
Tom Brown
Betsy Brush
Jackie Bruton
Todd Buchanan
Misty Buckingham
Christopher Bunt
Nick Burkett
Dr. Scott and Courtney Burleson
Dr. Aaron and Emily Calodney
Brenda and Hal Cameron
Jackie Cannon
Ginger Cardwell
Dan Carroll
Otis Carroll
Kay K Caserta
Rae Champagne
Chelsie and Hugh Champion
Collen A Clark
Richard Clark
Clint James
Lori and Donald Coe
Stanley Cofer
Mike Collins
Fay Comte
Ted Conover
Lisa Cook
Dr. Rosemary and Steve Cooper
Hannah Cooper
Linda Cooper
David Cordell
William Cornelius
Kim and Bill Costanza
George Cowden
Raymond W. Cozby III
Cherisse and Brian Craft
Kay and Dr. Stuart Crutchfield
Shannon Dacus
Carleen Dark
Marcia Daughtrey
Ginger and Richard Davila
Christina Davis
Stafford Davis
Susan and Robert Davis
Shannon Dawson
Stephen Dement
Stephanie Derfus
Daryl Derryberry
Diane Devasto
David and Michelle Dial
Kearby and Clay Dickeson
Reba and Jim Dickson
David Dobbs
M. Keith Dollahite
Thomas Dougherty
Earl A Drott
Kevin Eltife
Jeff Embry
Buck Files
Eric Findlay
Annette Findley
Matt Flanery
Celia C Flowers
Eddy and Dawn Franks
Kristi and Michael Franks
Rita Fryer 

Allen Gardner
Cassidy Gibson
Kevin Giddens
Drew Gillen
Jim Gillen
Paul Gilliam
Derek Gilliland
Jill and Steve Goates
Ramon Gonzalez
Catherine Chelsey Goodgion
Griffin Goodman
Brent Goudarzi
Richard Grainger
Darren Grant
Scott Green
Jake Greenberg
Sam Greenberg
SE Greene
Kay and Charlie Gunter
Sharon Guthrie
Steven Guy
Fred Haberle
Rev. Fritz Hager
Cassie and Clark Hampe
Patricia Hampe
Brett Harrison
Chris Harry
P.J. Hartley
Shelli and Ben Harveson
Jeff Heck
Khoren Hekimian
David Hemple
Sarah and Stuart Hene
Wesley Hill
Bill Hommel
Tiffany and Jon Honea
Sharon Howell
Anna and Chris Hudnall
Gaylord Hughey Jr.
Laurie and Mark Humphries
Jessica and Justin Hurst
Casey Hymer
David Iglesias
Ashley Ischy
Chad Parker
Malcom Jackson
Laura Jackson
Mary E Jackson
Jon Jacobs
Peri Janis
Erin and Brent Jasper
Mike and Pam Jones
Rosemary and Chip Jones
Christie and Larry Joy
Anwar Khalifa
Janis and David King
Cindy Klein
Whitney and Will Knous
Eric Kolder
Alison Kravetz
Walter Lackey
Jim Lambeth
John Landes
Jenny and Tim Lassiter
Kay and Dr. Paul Latta
Denise Langston
Zoe and Tab Lawhorn
Marchelle Levy
Margaret A Long
Carol Lort
Hunter Low
Austin W Luce
Janet Majors
Collin Maloney
Josh Maness
Ray Mapes
Stacy and Reid Martin
Amber and Brandon Mays
Jason D Mazingo
Carol B Mazzu
Patrick McArthur
Callie McCain
Shane McGuire
Dr. Ellisv Lien and Dr. Chad McNeil
Nita Meads
Brooks Melton
David and Michelle Melton
Shannon Mercer
Dr. Jimmy and Kelly Michaels
Mandy Miles
Ken M Miller
Jay Misenheimer
David and Lucy Moore
John Morrison
Tristan X. Mosher
Sravanesh Muralidhar
Ellen and John Musselman
Brittany NeJame
Sonya and Michael NeJame
Jim Nipp
Danny Noteware
John Oberg
Kim Oldham
Keir Orr
Todd Parker
Ray Patel
Penny and Mike Patterson
Margaret Perkins
Nick Pesina
Robert and Debbie Peveto
Chris Phillips
Greg Porter
Paula Powell
Debbie and Jim Prescott
Stacee Priddy
Glenn Quinn
Deborah Race
Holly D. Rand
Todd Richardson
Celia and Tom Ridley
Bruce Roberts
Justin Roberts
Karen Roberts
Peggy Roberts
Randy Roberts
Brian Rollings
Lois and Randall Rogers
Tammy and Corey Rose
Laurie Rossman
Jon Rowan
Matt Rowan
Susie Turner Saxion
Scott Scammahorn
Ted Schoenberg
Ron Schoenbrun
Marisa Schouten
Thomas M Seale
Kristen W Seeber
Scott and Shawnte Shaver
William B Shelton
Gillian Sheridan
Cindi Featherston-Shields
Christin Shilling
Derek Shilling
Cathy Shipp
Dr. Moises and Lucia Sidransky
Erin Siegrist
Savannah Silvey-Holik
D. Timothy Simpson
Barbara Skeen
Neal Smith
Emily Spence
Steve Spitzer
Mike Starr
Carole and Chris Stewart
Andy Stinson
Julie and Patrick Stokes
Heather Stoner
Suzi Streit
Crystal J Strickland
Donna Dozier and Ronald Stutes
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Micah Tarry
Glenn Thames
Joie Thorne
Todd William Threlkeld
Andy Tindel
James D Trujillo
Ron Vickery
James W Volberding
Jack Walker
Pamela Walters
Leah Wansley
Melanie and Chris Watts
Frank Weedon
Amy Whaley
Alan Wharton
Jonette White
Claudia R “Corky” Willens
Dr. Sherilyn Willis
Patrick Willis
Laura Wilson
Patrick Woods
Cheryl Wulf
Paula and Trey Yarbrough
Brian Young
Ginger Young
Marty Young
Jeradee and Craig Zips

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Republican Primary Election

Election Day — Tuesday, March 1
March 1 Vote Centers — Open 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

Early Voting Locations

Main Location (The HUB)

304 E. Ferguson St., Tyler, TX 75702

Heritage Building

1900 Bellwood Rd., Tyler, TX 75701

Lindale Masonic Lodge

200 W. Margaret St., Lindale, TX 75771

Noonday Community Center

16662 CR 196, Tyler, TX 75703

Whitehouse United Methodist Church

405 W. Main St., Whitehouse, TX 75791

Early Voting Dates & Hours

Mon. - Fri., February 14-18

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sat., February 19

7:00 am – 7:00 pm

Sun., February 20

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Tue. - Fri., February 22-25

7:00 am – 7:00 pm

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