Constables serve as licensed peace officers and perform various law enforcement functions including issuing traffic citations.
Additionally, they serve warrants and civil papers such as subpoenas and temporary restraining orders. They also serve as bailiffs for Justice of the Peace courts.
In this year’s election, incumbent Roy Balderez and Mike Magee are vying for constable, Precinct 1.
Balderez has been the constable for Precinct 1 for seven consecutive years. He retired from the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Department after 21 years.
In all, Balderez has been in law enforcement for 25 years. He continues to run for constable because he wants to continue serving the county in a professional manner.
If reelected, he wouldn’t change anything but keep serving the community.
Balderez said there isn’t a lot that changes with the position.
“I’ve been working hard to serve citations and as bailiff,” he said.
Mike Magee is running against Balderez. This is Magee’s first time running for the position. He has been in law enforcement for more than 25 years. Magee began his career in Winters, moved to Concho County and then spent 20 years in law enforcement in Tom Green County before retiring.
Magee said he is running because Balderez said he was going to retire at the end of the year, but changed his mind. Magee began spreading the word that he was running for constable and said the community has supported him and began donating to his campaign.
He said there isn’t a lot you can change when elected constable but said he will do things a little different. He wants to be more visible to the public and get to know the people that he will serve.