Judge Wood is dedicated to service to the community.
Judge Wood is an exemplary leader who decides cases fairly and promptly.
Judge Wood is respectful and courteous to all, no matter the situation.
Judge Wood will be there. He will give this position the attention it deserves.
Practicing law full-time for over 31 years, Judge Wood has been a lifelong resident of Newton County and is presently the municipal judge for City of Neosho.
Judge Wood has been a City Attorney for the city of Seneca for 26 years while serving on the Crowder College, his alma mater, Board of Trustees for 25 years. He is also the former Workers’ Compensation judge for the state of Missouri.
Judge Wood is a dedicated husband and family man, married to Kim for 28 years. He has been an attorney for several Neosho and Newton County Economic Development Organizations.
My family immigrated to Newton County nearly 150 years ago. My great-grandfather was a Newton County Judge (now known as “Commissioners”) at the turn of the 20th Century. My grandfather served several years on the Neosho City Council. My father was the Superintendent of the Newton County School District (back when we had county schools). I was born and raised in Newton County. In the past 31 years, I’ve practiced in all areas of law, including estate planning, probate, civil, domestic relations, workers’ compensation and Social Security, to name just a few. I’ve tried many cases to a jury. I am a Judge of the Neosho Municipal Court. I’ve been City Attorney for the City of Seneca for over 25 years. I was formerly a Judge for the Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation. I have represented several of the local economic development organizations. After practicing law for over 31 years, I am ready to serve as a Newton County Circuit Judge. If I’m allowed the privilege to serve as your judge, I pledge to be a working, full time judge who will listen and be respectful and courteous to all who enter my courtroom.
First, to get my name on the ballot as an Independent candidate, the law required that I get petitions signed by over 230 registered voters in Newton County. I obtained nearly 1,000 signatures. My great-grandfather, who was a Newton County Judge, was elected as a Republican. My grandfather and father were Democrats. I have supported both Republican and Democratic candidates.
I’m firmly convinced now is the time to run as an Independent. Independent of any party, political affiliation or influence. While there are very good people running as Republican and Democrat, and while I have supported folks in both parties, I think it makes sense that a candidate for judge be independent. Further, I’ve had the privilege of being affiliated with several organizations and boards in Newton County. These organizations have folks who identify Republican, Democrat and Independent. At the County and City level, these folks work together wonderfully, for the betterment of the community, without any political bias or prejudice. I wish this could be true at the national level. As the late Senator John McCain wrote in his farewell statement:
“We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sewn resentment and hatred and violence in all corners of the globe. We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down. When we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been.”
The only elective office I’ve ever ran for is Crowder College Board of Trustees, where I’ve had the privilege of serving for over 24 years. College trustees don’t run as Republican or Democrat; they run because they love Crowder College. Why should running for judge be any different? Did you ever wonder why unpaid jobs (City Council, School Board, Board of Trustees, etc.) do not run as Republican or Democrat, but in jobs where you get paid, you must run as a Republican or Democrat?
My role model for a Circuit Judge would be George Henry. Judge Henry was smart, had common sense and was respectful of everyone.
Being a Circuit Judge is a privilege and tremendous responsibility. A Circuit Judge in Newton County is going to hear cases in all areas of the law. In the past 31 years, I have practiced in all areas of the law. I think anyone you talk to, whom I’ve had the privilege to represent, will tell you that I have been an attentive, working, full time attorney. I encourage everyone to speak with attorneys who have appeared in front of me as a Judge. I think they will tell you that I listen to all sides, I’m respectful, and I’m courteous to everyone in my courtroom. I won’t change if given the privilege to serve as an Independent Circuit Judge.
“Dear Citizens of Newton County,
My name is Andy Wood. Many of you already know me. If not, please let me introduce myself.
I’m a lifelong resident of Newton County, and I’ve practiced law full time in this County for over 31 years. I’ve been married to Kim (who grew up in Seneca) for 28 years. I have 3 daughters (Carly Pierson, Victoria Wood, and Elizabeth Wood), who grew up in Neosho, graduated from Neosho High School, and attended Crowder College (where I graduated a long time ago). I’ve had the privilege of serving on the Crowder College Board of Trustees for the past 25 years. i’m a lifelong St. Louis Cardinal’s fan (this year has been tough, but they may have turned it around).
In the past 31 years, I’ve practiced in all areas of the law, including estate planning, probate, civil, workers’ compensation and Social Security, to name a few. I’ve tried many cases to a jury. I’m a Judge of the Neosho Municipal Court. I’ve been City Attorney for Seneca for over 25 years. I represent several of the local economic development organization. I was formerly a Judge for the Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation.
I am now running for Circuit Judge of Newton County, Probate Division III. I’m running as an Independent. Independent of any party, political, or influence. Really, shouldn’t all judges be independent?
If I am allowed the privilege to serve as your judge, I pledge to be a working, full time judge, who will listen and be respectful and courteous to all who enter my courtroom.
I would sincerely appreciate your vote on November 6, 2018.”