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Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2012 5:00 am

Al Lee Al Lee has had several businesses during his career, he was always active as a consultant hiring out to large companies to address computer systems problems they had had difficulties solving using other resources. He has also always been a conservative political activist starting with Ronald Reagan’s 1980 campaign. He attended Reagan’s Inaugural Ball in 1981 and helped numerous conservative candidates and causes over the decades. He had never been a candidate for office prior to this election cycle. He is seeking the post of Railroad Commissioner because he views it as a key position to fight federal usurpation of Texas’ state powers using regulations from federal agencies and department. Albert Valadez Last year I announced my candidacy as Pecos County Democratic Chair. I previously served as the Pecos County Democratic Chair in 1990 through 1994 and I am familiar with the responsibilities involved. The duties of a county political chairman vary from region to region, but there are a few core responsibilities each upholds. First and foremost, he or she works toward the good of the party and the party platform. In addition, the Democratic Chair works with the County Clerk’s office in organizing and conducting primary elections, certifies the results, encourages voter registration and attends regional and national Democratic Party meetings and caucuses. Alfonso Nevarez I would like to think I have a deep understanding of one of the state’s most important issues: public education. From 2005-2009, I served as a Trustee on the Eagle Pass ISD Board, and played a key role in increasing the number of the district’s schools rated “Exemplary” by the state. We expect to help reverse the current trend and adequately fund public education throughout our district and protect and grow our only center for higher education, Sul Ross State University. Water has proven to be an important issue throughout the district. Protecting groundwater sources and landowner’s rights is an important aspect of what we will do when we reach the legislature for the 2013 session and beyond. Ann McClure Chief Justice Ann Crawford McClure was elected to the Eighth Court of Appeals in the Democratic primary of 1994. She served as a justice for seventeen years before she was appointed Chief Justice last fall. She is the court’s first female chief justice in its 100-year history. A former president of the Trans-Pecos Bar Association, McClure is certified in both Civil Appellate Law and Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal specialization. Now in her 18th year as an appellate judge, she has authored approximately 1500 opinions on the merits. Of those, only 22 have been reversed by a higher court. Carlos Uresti Raised in San Antonio with seven siblings, Senator Uresti graduated from McCollum High School and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves at age 18. He rose to the rank of Captain and earned the Navy Achievement Medal during four years of active duty. A graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law, Sen. Uresti has been in private practice since 1992. He has two sons, and two grandsons. Senator Uresti was elected to the Texas Senate in 2006. He currently serves as vice chairman of the Administration Committee and the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. He is a member of the Health and Human Services, Jurisprudence, Natural Resources, and Redistricting committees, and chairman of the Senate Hispanic Caucus. Chris Antcliff Christopher Antcliff was appointed Justice on the Eighth Court of Appeals in October 2011. He had previously been appointed Judge of the 168th Judicial District Court by Governor Rick Perry in December 2008.  From November 2007 to December 2008 he was the first judge of the newly created 448th Judicial District Court. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Antcliff was engaged in the private practice of law as an attorney and mediator in El Paso where he litigated cases involving, civil rights, contracts, torts, insurance claims and defense, personal injury, the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, labor and employment, wrongful death, legal and medical malpractice, environmental dumping, banking, child welfare, and criminal defense.   Ciro Rodriguez The United States needs to make significant investment in infrastructure, and education from pre-kinder to college. Such investments will facilitate expansion of the GDP, encourage job creation and help to raise the standard of living of our people. We must also make sure that our families have access to affordable health care and the opportunity to be home owners. Social Security and Medicare are essential programs to protect senior citizens now and in the future. We show our commitment to our active duty and retired military personnel, our veterans, and their families. Cliff Harris I’m seeking to remain Sheriff of Pecos County. I have 35 years experience with the Pecos County Sheriff’s Office, 15 years as Chief Deputy, and over 11 years as Sheriff. I hold a Master Peace Officers Certificate, and numerous TCLOSE Specialized Certifications, which enhance my proven abilities to effectively lead the Sheriff’s Office. I’ve been instrumental in obtaining grants and working with other agencies to strengthen our drug interdiction capabilities. I am committed to improving the professionalism and service that is provided to the citizens of Pecos County. I hope to be your choice for Pecos County Sheriff in 2012. Delmon Hodges Delmon Hodges, a Fort Stockton native is serving his third term as Republican Chairman of Pecos County, Texas. He was chosen to serve out the unexpired term of the former chairman when he moved out of Pecos County. When asked why he is running for this office, he said his predecessors had done an excellent job and left the Republican Office in very good shape, so he said nobody else wanted the job and Pecos County has always made a very good showing in the General Election since world War II. Dora Alcala Dora G. Alcala is the former Mayor of the City of Del Rio, Texas and served three terms. In her previous career she worked as a Management Consultant and motivational speaker for her company, Alcala’ & Associates. She served 37 years as a civilian for the United States Air Force/Department of Defense in the areas of Human Resources Management, Financial Management and Equal Employment Opportunity. In 1990 President George H.W. Bush appointed her as the Deputy for Equal Opportunity for the United States Air Force at the Pentagon and attained the rank of Senior Executive. Efrain Valdez Efrain Valdez is a candidate for the 74th Texas State House of Representatives. Valdez is the former Mayor of Del Rio, serving two terms in office from 2006-2010. He was also the chairman of the Border Mayor’s Coalition A retired educator from the local school district, he also served on the City of Del Rio Council for two terms. “It will be a challenge representing such a sprawling district,” said Valdez, “but I feel that I am up to the task. Valdez is married to local businesswoman, Rosario “Bibi” Valdez, and the couple shares a family of four children and eight grandchildren.

Frank Brown A district attorney’s first responsibility is to seek justice. This is no easy task. It requires courage, skill, and experience—qualities I consistently demonstrated during eight years as your 83rd District Attorney. Qualities reflected by being the only Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist to ever serve as 83rd District Attorney. If you return me to the 83rd District Attorney office, I will continue to speak for those who no longer can speak for themselves. Seeking justice, while helping victims, requires courage, skill and experience. I ask for your vote in the May 29 Democratic primary in order to continue this most important work. George Riggs Pecos County Commissioner, Precinct #1, George Riggs humbly asks for your support to remain your working Commissioner for Pecos County. I was born and raised in Fort Stockton, Texas, and have worked in agriculture and the oil and gas industry, which has given me knowledge to effectively represent the people of Pecos County. I will continue to work with all other County departments and all governmental entities in Pecos County to provide the most efficient county government. James Jepson James D. Jepson, attorney from Fort Stockton, Pecos County, Texas a candidate for District Attorney in the 112th Judicial District. I have been a licensed attorney in the State of Texas for 20 yrs, serving as a prosecutor and defense attorney. I was employed in criminal justice as a peace officer in Texas for 15 yrs. I live in Bakersfield, Pecos County, Texas with my wife Elma, where we farm and ranch. I feel I am the most qualified and experienced candidate for district attorney. I will be fair and impartial to all citizens. If elected I will enhance the ability of the district attorney’s office to investigate and prosecute offenses involving white collar and computer crimes. Jesse Gonzalez When asked, “why I am running for District Attorney?” The obvious answer is, “Well, I already am the District Attorney and I want to stay!” What’s not so obvious is the reasoning behind such a plain answer. For me, these are exciting times in the profession; at least in terms of the direction we are headed. Every candidate can pick out a few times in their past experience to tell you how qualified they are. While I am proud of the accomplishments of my first term, I am just as excited about what the future holds. Laurie English Grew up in Fort Stockton, graduated Fort Stockton High School 1981. Married to Lyndon English for 30 years; two adult sons, both currently serve in United States Air Force. Member—Ozona First Baptist Church. Angelo State University, BA—English and Government. Law degree Texas Tech Law School. Board certified, Criminal Law; member State Bar College. 112th District Attorney, 2005-present; Assistant District Attorney, 2001-2004. I seek re-election to continue serving as an advocate for justice. I will continue to provide efficient and effective prosecution; motivated only by the desire to serve the citizens and do the right thing. Luis Labrado I, Luis Labrado, am running in the Democratic Party Primary for Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals. My opponent is the Republican appointee. I served as Judge in El Paso with integrity and professionalism. I am judicially qualified My law firm serves every community demographic with trial and appellate practice. I won first place in a national legal essay contest. I did federal and Supreme Court appellate work with MALDEF. I appealed cases whose decisions have been published for being of significant legal importance to Texas. I would be honored serving as Chief Justice, 8th Court of Appeals. Michael Berlanga I am the son of Mexican immigrants and fifth of seven children. At 14, my father died of a stroke prompting my focus on education. I was accepted into St. Mary’s University on a scholarship, earning my Bachelor’s in Accounting and Masters in Professional Accounting. District 19 is the largest geographical district in Texas and US with nearly a million citizens across 17 counties. YOU deserve someone who will meet with you and listen to what you need from your state. I have been to every county, met with people and gained an appreciation to how different every community is. That is why I am running for Texas Senate District 19, and hope and pray for your support. Ori White Ori T. White opened his law practice in Pecos County in 1992. In 1997, he was elected the 112th District Attorney at which time he was the youngest District Attorney in the state. During his eight-year tenure as District Attorney, he prosecuted many of the State’s most visible murder cases and seized more than $2.5 million in illegal drug money. In 2003, White was recognized for his public service by the Texas Legislature. In 2009, he took office as the elected Pecos County Attorney where he prosecutes cases for the County and provides legal services and advice to the Pecos County Commissioners. Santa Acosta I am Santa Acosta-Dominguez, your Pecos County Tax Assessor-Collector, born and raised in Fort Stockton. When I took office in January 1997, I realized that I had big shoes to fill, since Mr. Triplett had been the Tax Assessor- Collector for 20 years. Each one of my team members has been hand picked by me, these is why the tax assessor’s collector’s office is so awesome. I am running for office for the fifth time, without an opponent but I still would appreciate your vote and support so I may continue to serve you. Please come out and vote! Thomas Kincaid Thomas C. Kincaid, Jr. is a native West Texan. He and his wife Dru have two adult sons, Kyle and James, who both live and work in Fort Stockton. He is a cattle rancher and a licensed real estate appraiser. He has served as Republican Party county chairman, a former chairman of the Rio Grande Electric Advisory Committee, Fort Stockton High School Campus improvement Committee and was a Cub Scout leader, Sunday school teacher and youth group sponsor at the Presbyterian Church for several years. A native West Texan and businessman Mr. Kincaid intends to take his common sense knowledge and experience to state government. Thomas Stanton I graduated in 1979 form Georgetown University with a degree in Theology and Economics and from the University of Texas in 1987 with a Juris Doctorate (law).  From 1987 to 1989 I was the briefing attorney to Judge Lucius Bunton (similar to a post-graduate internship).  I have been continuously in private practice in El Paso County from 1989 to this day. I am an adjunct professor at UTEP teaching law-related courses, and a frequent writer and lecturer in continuing education.   I am married for 33 years, a father of three and a recent grandfather.

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