Independents can file for vacated constable seat

July 5, 2014

Although both political parties will be able to submit names for the November ballot for the vacated Precinct 1 constable position, independent candidates can also file.

Elections Administrator Jenise “Crickett” Miller said that although the deadline was last week for independent candidates to file in other races, candidates for Precinct 1 constable will be given more time.

Last week, Joe Lee resigned from that office. His resignation, and the permanent surrender of his peace officer license, was part of a plea deal he struck with the Hood County district attorney’s office.

Though facing felony charges, Lee admitted to a misdemeanor charge of tampering with a government document. The charges involved records he submitted to the county’s Purchasing Department.

The deadline to file as an independent candidate for constable, Precinct 1, will be 5 p.m. Monday, July 21.

According to Miller, anyone wishing to file as an independent must collect petition signatures from registered voters who did not participate in the general primary election or the runoff primary election of a party that has nominated a candidate for that office.

The petition must contain at least 181 signatures, Miller said.

Paperwork for independent candidates must be submitted to the office of the county judge.

Both the Republican and Democratic parties can make recommendations to the Commissioners Court of someone who can fill the Precinct 1 constable spot until the election.

Commissioners are expected to appoint a fill-in at their regular meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 8. The meeting will be at the Hood County Justice Center.

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