Editor's note: This is the second of two candidate questionnaires 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.
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.
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.
Early voting will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 20-March 2 at the Runnels County Elections Office at 600 Strong Ave. Applications to vote by mail are available at the elections office. Contact Elections Administrator Shanna Smith at 325-365-5027 to obtain an application. The last day a ballot by mail application may be received by the elections administrator is Feb. 23.
The results from the election may determine the winner for each position unless there is a runoff, since there were no Democratic challengers.
Name: David Sellers
Occupation: Family man, Deputy Sheriff for Runnels County, Firearms Instructor, Advanced Civil Process Server.
Education: Bachelor of Science degree from Tarleton State University. Basic Peace Officer Academy Certification from the Permian Basin Law Enforcement Academy. Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Master Certificates in Law Enforcement from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. I have been a Peace Officer for over three decades. To date, I have successfully completed 5,290 hours of continuing education and training in law enforcement. This education encompasses various provisions of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Penal Code, Family Code, Civil Practice and Remedies Code, Property Code, and the Texas Transportation Code along with other miscellaneous Texas Statutes.
Clubs, organizations: Member of the National Rifle Association. Alpha Zeta honorary agriculture fraternity.
Family: I was born in Winters, Texas and I am the son of John and Lillie Sellers. My wife is Lora Sellers and she is employed at the Family Dollar Store in Winters. I have four children. My daughter Carolyn works for the Winters Post Office. My daughter Virginia is a homemaker. My daughter Tara is overseas with her husband who is in the Air Force. My son Nathan is a computer Tech in the Austin area.
What do you feel qualifies you for justice of the peace Precinct 2?
I have the desire and drive to want to help people. To those ends I am a problem solver and offer people options and solutions to problems and believe in using all resources available. I have served the citizens of Texas for over 3 decades as a Peace Officer and I have served the citizens of Runnels County as a Deputy Sheriff living in Winters, TX for the past eleven years. I wish to continue to serve the community as a Justice of the Peace and use my education, common sense, knowledge of the local community, and knowledge of criminal and civil law to help and assist people.
What are the most important issues you want to address if elected as a Runnels County Justice of the Peace of Precinct 2?
I consider all issues involving the Justice of the Peace Office to be important issues. Therefore, all issues are addressed properly, professionally, and with the earnest motivation to perform the Office of the Justice of the Peace to the best of my abilities to serve the community. The Justice of the Peace Office is often a citizen's first contact in many matters as they seek answers to questions or want to explore options or need services. While some issues may be considered minor by some folks, others may view those same issues/services as being most essential for their current needs. From the person who needs information in getting their money from a hot check, the police officer who presents a probable cause affidavit for a warrant, a citizen contesting a traffic citation, a small claims suit, or the couple that want to get married, all aspects of the Justice of the Peace are important issues to every single person that requires the services of the office.
What do you think you can bring to the position if elected?
As a 58 year old family man and deputy sheriff, I bring life experiences, common sense, education, ethics, professional services, and a desire to serve the community and solve problems.