Editor's note: This is the first of two candidate questionnaires to be published ahead of the first day of early voting on Feb. 20.
There are five candidates vying for two Runnels County positions which will be determined in the upcoming March Primary Election to be held Tuesday, March 6.
Three candidates will be on the ballot for the Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace position including Mike “Doc” Neeley, Lane Pinckney and Clay Bullock. Incumbent Glenda Wood did not file for re-election.
Two candidates will be on the March ballot for the Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 position including David Sellers and Buddy Jim Miller. Incumbent Richard Hamilton did not file for re-election.
Early voting will be from Feb. 20-March 2 at the Runnels County Elections Office at 600 Strong Ave.
The results from the election may determine the winner for each position since there were no Democratic challengers.
Name: Clay Bullock.
Occupation: I am currently employed at the Runnels County Sheriff's Department as a Sergeant at the jail.
Education: I went to high school at Talpa. I also attended American Commercial College for electronics computer maintenance and networking. I took my basics at Howard College in San Angelo. I have 377 continuing education hours with the State of Texas in TCOLE training for the Runnels County Jail.
Clubs, organizations: I am currently not a member of any organizations. My work schedule would conflict with any set time frame as I work from 6 am to 6 pm Monday thru Sunday with rotating days off. When my work schedule permits, I attend the Glory Road Cowboy Church.
Family: My wife, Terrie Jones Bullock and I have four daughters; Cassandra Schwertner, Shasta Stovall, Breanna Bullock, and Sabrina Hogan. We have two grandchildren, Presley Hogan and Connor Stovall. My wife's parents are Billy and Patsy Jones of Ballinger. My mother is Elizabeth Brown of Ballinger.
What do you feel qualifies you for the justice of the peace in Precinct 1?
I feel my main qualifications for Runnels County Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Place 1 come from my 19 years of experience working at the Runnels County Jail. My experiences there have given me the opportunity to work with all the legal offices in the County most of all both of the Justice of the Peace Judge Wood and Judge Hamilton's offices. The culmination of working with these various offices has given me a unique overall perspective of how the system has to maintain its infrastructure to be fair and effective.
What are the most important issues you want to address if elected?
One of the most important issues coming to the county are the many changes coming in the way law enforcement, jails, magistrates and the courts’ dealing with mental health and inebriated persons in the very near future. Laws are being passed by the State Legislature that will greatly affect our legal system. These new laws need to be addressed and handled with care. Jails have been the stopping point for many of these individuals for a great number of years.
What do you think you can bring to the position if elected?
If elected I will ensure these new laws are enforced for the greater benefit and welfare of our community with an even balance between the Magistrate, Law Enforcement and County Jail.