A veteran Justice of the Peace in Gaines County has decided to withdraw his name from contention of the 2014 election process, citing health issues.
According to a letter obtained by the Seminole Sentinel on Monday morning, B.W. Baucum, Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace, announced his withdrawal from the March 2014 Gaines County Republican Party Primary.
"I was looking forward to the upcoming election," said Baucum, who stated a recent illness and visit with physicians led to the discovery of health issues he "needed to address."
"After much prayer and visiting with my immediate family, I have decided not to seek the upcoming re-election as Justice of the Peace for Pct. 2, due to health reasons," said Baucum in the letter. "If God allows, I will finish my term that ends on Dec. 31, 2014. On that date, I will retire as the Justice of the Peace."
The Sentinel attempted to contact Baucum at his Seagraves office prior to the 12-noon hour on Monday to confirm the letter, but an administrative assistant stated he was "not in the office at the moment."
Baucum was appointed to the Gaines Co. Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2 seat in 2003, and was elected for an unexpired term in 2004. Baucum also had successful re-election campaigns in the 2006 and 2010 election cycles.
"It has been an honor for me to have served and worked for the citizens of Gaines County," said Baucum in his re-election campaign release published in November by the Seminole Sentinel. "I have enjoyed the work you have entrusted me to do."
Baucum is a member of the West Texas Justice of the Peace and Constable Association and the Texas Justice of the Peace and Constable Association, where he has served on several committees and is currently serving on the Board of Directors as Director for District 2 for the Justice of the Peace and Constable Association of Texas.
He was selected as Judge of the Year by his peers for the West Texas Justice of the Peace and Constable Association in 2012.
Baucum has served as the Municipal Court for Seagraves from 2002 to 2007, pulling double duty as both a Justice of the Peace and a Municipal Judge.
According to, his November campaign announcement release, Baucum is a certified Chaplain in the Texas prison system, an active member of First Baptist Churches, and is currently a member at the First Baptist Church in Seagraves.
He has also worked as Director for Family Coaching, was awarded the Community Builder award by the Seagraves Masonic Lodge for helping the community, and was selected as Citizen of the Year by the Seagraves Chamber of Commerce for 2000.
In addition, Baucum is an active member of the local Lion's Club and has served as a board member of the Seagraves-Loop Museum and Art Center and was a charter member of the Seagraves Garden Club.
Baucum is also a charter member and Vice-President of the Gaines County Veteran's Memorial board.
He served in the United States Air Force in the Far East Material Command just outside of Tokyo, Japan.
Baucum has three children, Debra, Brent and Karla; and three grandchildren, Rebekah, Isaiah and Josiah.