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Zertuche seeks re-election as sheriff
La Salle County Sheriff Anthony “Tony” Zertuche has announced his bid for re-election in the March 5 primary for the Democratic Party.
Zertuche is a life-long resident of La Salle County and has over 20 years of law enforcement experience. He holds an Advanced TCOLE peace officer license.
Sheriff Zertuche served as an officer in La Salle County for many years before being appointed interim chief of the Dilley Police Department in 2020. He went on to run for election as La Salle County sheriff and took office on January 1, 2021.
“I vowed in my 2020 campaign to keep my constituents’ safety and wellbeing as my priority along with being available and dedicated to full days of work to the people,” the candidate said. “I also vowed to be actively involved with the community, school district and local businesses.”
Sheriff Zertuche successfully implemented proactive and community policing in the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office and has continuously been involved with the community, school district and local businesses.
“I will continue to serve as a full-time sheriff with integrity, pride and professionalism,” Zertuche said. “I will continue to provide service, safety and dedication to our communities so that we may continue to see positive progress.
“I humbly ask for the peoples’ continued support in the upcoming 2024 Democratic primary election.”
Sindon seeks new term as county attorney
Joseph Sindon is announcing his candidacy for a third term as Frio County Attorney in the upcoming March Primary Election.
“This upcoming term will be spent maintaining the level of excellence our office has attained through eight years of hard work and introspection,” he said. “I will continue to prosecute lawbreakers in our county consistently and without preferential treatment to anyone.
“I will continue to work with anyone and everyone to bring about a better future for all of us, not just the well off or well connected and I will continue to perform the tasks given to me completely and without taking shortcuts.
“Most importantly, in view of the corruption, dishonesty, and self dealing that seems to run rampant in our state and federal governments, I vow to lead by example, through integrity, truthfulness, and accountability. I will strive to be free of partisan politics, and will only use justice and the well-being of all Frio County citizens as my guiding lights. I look forward to working for you for another four years, thank you for your continued support.”
Sindon lauded his staff for the work they have done in his office over his last two terms.
“I would also like to thank my staff for their continued support and hard work,” he said. “Without them, none of this would be possible. I pledge to continue to serve Frio County with the respect its citizens deserve.
“I will continue to work as hard as I can to ensure the continued safety of our community by enforcing the laws of our great state and nation. I will, as always, continue to strive to do the right thing, the right way, and for the right reasons.”
Zertuche bids for commissioner’s seat
Eloy Zertuche is announcing his candidacy for La Salle County Commissioner Pct. 3 in the March 2024 La Salle County Primary Election.
“I have been a successful business individual for more than 20 years and I have been representative of our community in governmental positions and understand the processes of protecting the monies of our taxpayers,” he said. “I do research and make sure that my decisions represent the benefits of our community.
“I make sure that no money is wasted on expenditures and projects which are not possible or beneficial for our community and I am a dedicated community servant who is active 24/7, taking my responsibilities seriously.”
Zertuche says he believes in always communicating with the community and keeping the public informed about projects and other activities occuring in his precinct.
“I will have an ‘open door’ policy where the community can call me at any time and I will address any concerns residents may have and offer assistance in representation,” he said. “I will be cost effective and use our county’s monies for the betterment of our precinct and community.
“I will work with the city, county, school and state organizations in working together on projects which will benefit our total community.”
Gonzalez is candidate for commissioner
Abel B. Gonzalez is announcing is candidacy his for La Salle County County Commissioner of Precinct 1 in the March primaries.
“I am very proud to be happily married to Melissa L Gonzalez and we have three daughters, Juanita, Alma, Hilary, and one son, Philip,” he said. “I have 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and I have previously served in the US Air Force for six years, four on active duty and two years in the reserves.
“I have served on the Cotulla City Council, Cotulla ISD School Board, I’ve been mayor of Cotulla and La Salle County Commissioner for Pct 1.
A lifelong resident of Cotulla, Gonzalez has been involved in the community through multiple functions and capacities.
“I am retired from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Cotulla and my wife and I own the El Vaquero Cafe, which is currently closed. I would be extremely proud to continue serving our community of Cotulla.”
Trevino bids for new term as chairman
Reynaldo Munoz Trevino is announcing is candidacy as Frio County Democratic Chair in the March Primary Election.
“I have supported this community as a school board member, with the Pearsall Housing Authority, city of Pearsall Roosevelt Committee, as Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Bingo Director and El Sacrificio Director,” he said. “I support Democratic principles that empower our residents and I am proud of these leaders who in more turbulent times stood up for our residents; Adolfo & Lupita Alvarez, Richard Cantu, Frank Cortez, Oscar Cubriel, Pete Espinosa, Carlos “Chale” Garcia, Arnold Garcia, Anita Garza, Honorio Gonzales, Ruben Leal, Richard Muzquiz, Jacinto and Gloria Ortega, Father Albert Reyna, Frank and Maria Robledo, Manuel “Chuy” Robledo, Modesto Rodriguez, Jesus “Chuy” and Betty Sifuentes, Angelita Trevino, Roman Trevino, Crispin and Juanita Trevino, Jose “Pepe” Trevino, Manuel “Shorty” Trevino, and Luis and Artemio Trevino.
“I personally believe in having your rights if you don’t transgress or assault others. I am a believer of free will with God being our judge and jury. We live in a country of laws, and we should obey the law, if you choose to break the law, then there are consequences, this is understood by most.”
As the current Frio Democratic Chair, Trevino advocates for Democratic candidates but notes that local officials have no authority over state and federal law and asks that voters choose local candidates they believe will do the best job.
“Though this primary election is not about city officials, I as a Pearsall Roosevelt Committee representative have seen poor representation from our Pearsall council members,” he said. “So, when a candidate comes to your door, ask them and demand ‘what can you do for Frio County residents?’”
Heath makes bid for Frio constable’s office
Earl Heath is announcing his candidacy for Constable in Frio County, Precinct 2 in the March Primary Election.
“I live in Bigfoot in my family home where I grew up and I have served in law enforcement for over 40 years and I am still serving in Medina County,” Heath said. “I want to bring my experience and knowledge in law enforcement to our community and I’m asking for your support.”
Heath began his law enforcement career with the Medina County Sheriff’s department in 1975, serving under Sheriff Donald Butch Campsey as a dispatcher and jailer before being promoted to sheriff’s deputy. In 1985, he became a trooper for the Texas Department of Public Safety, enforcing state law in many areas across South Texas and assisting agencies such as border patrol, criminal intelligence, emergency management and the FBI.
He was promoted to lieutenant in 2012, and supervised four areas of CVE troopers, enforcing truck traffic by educating businesses and operators in Texas Department of Trasportation regulations, Texas highway laws and community responsibilities. In 2017, after retiring from DPS, he became Chief Deputy to Miguel Rodriguez in La Salle County for three years.
“I am currently serving as a deputy in Medina County under Sheriff Randy Brown enforcing truck traffic, keeping our community safe and productive,” he said. “As a deputy, I understand the needs of both our community and the needs of our local businesses to operate effectively. I strive to keep a balance between the two.
“I have served across a wide range of roles and departments over my more than 40 years in law enforcement. I wish to bring my knowledge and experience to Frio County by becoming your next Constable in Precinct 2.”
Jackson is constable candidate in Pct. 4
Bryan N. Jackson is announcing his candidacy for Frio County Constable Precinct 4 in the upcoming March Primary Election.
Jackson is a lifelong resident of the area and has had family farming and ranching in the area for over a hundred years. He is the son of William “Billy” Jackson and Mary “Kathy” Jackson.
Jackson graduated from Dilley High School in 2013 with honors before attending Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. While at TAMIU he studied abroad at the University of London alongside the London Metropolitan Police in the UK. He also received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award from the US President for his community service efforts while simultaneously studying as a full-time college student.
“I started my law enforcement career at the Pearsall Police Department in January 2018 as a patrolman,” Jackson said. “Later that year, I moved to the Frio County Sheriff’s Office and served many different roles including patrol deputy, patrol shift supervisor, K9 deputy, field training deputy and law enforcement instructor.”
Jackson was also a Dilley Volunteer Firefighter and received the Medal of Valor from the Frio County SO.
In August 2022, he became a criminal justice teacher and school resource officer at Pearsall High School. He was promoted to Safety Director of PISD in 2023 and assisted in securing a $3.2 million dollar grant for school safety.
Jackson possesses an Advanced Texas Peace Officer’s license for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.
“If you will allow me the opportunity to continue to serve you in the office as constable, I can only promise that I will give you my best, bringing accountability and integrity to the office for the people of this proud community,” he said. “I humbly ask for your support and vote.”
Gonzales is candidate in Frio Pct. 1
Humberto (Humby) Gonzales is announcing his candidacy for Frio County Commissioner for Precinct 1.
Humby was raised in Pearsall and has lived here most of his life. His parents are Pastor Humberto and Ida Gonzalez, also of Pearsall.
As a youth, he worked the fields of Pearsall, harvesting watermelons. Before graduating, he worked for the local Walmart and graduated from high school in 1985. After graduation, he left Pearsall to continue working for the large retailer, dedicating over 30 years to the company working in various states, opening and operating new businesses as a store director.
After being away for many years, he made his way back to Frio County and made his home in Derby where he still resides. It was in this home, that he and his wife, Audrey Gonzales, raised their family. They have been married 36 years and have raised three children, Caleb, Joshua and Krystal, all graduates of Pearsall High School.
Gonzales currently works for the Pearsall Independent School District in the maintenance department.
“Working for the school district has helped me stay connected to the community,” he said. “I take pride in giving back to a community where I grew up and raised my family.”
Gonzales became an ordained minister to further serve Frio County and the counties in the area. In the past, he has spent his weekends preaching to and praying for individuals at the South Texas Detention Center.
“I believe my experience in management and operational skills makes me an excellent candidate for county commissioner,” Gonzales said. “I have an understanding of budgets and business plans.
“I humbly ask for your vote and support so I may serve Frio County with integrity and hard work.”
Rodriguez is candidate for constable’s office
John A. Rodriguez is announcing his candidacy for Frio County Constable in Pct. 4 in the March Primary Election.
Upon graduation from the police academy, Rodriguez began his law enforcement career with the Dilley PD in June 2016. He then joined the Frio County Sheriff’s Office, where he served for over four years.
“During my tenure, I served as a patrol deputy for more than two years and had the privilege of being a patrol supervisor for two years,” he said. “In March 2021, I joined the Pearsall Police Department, where I presently serve as Sergeant Detective.
“I aim to serve the constituents of Pct. 4 as a full-time constable. In addition to fulfilling my responsibilities in civil process and bailiff duties, I aim to contribute my training and experience to enhance the patrol presence in my precinct and assist Dilley PD and the sheriff’s office as needed. It is my desire to become more engaged with community events, actively listen to your concerns, and foster meaningful connections.”
Rodriguez has been married to his wife Elijah for over nine years and the couple have two children, Mason and Madison. Both attend Dilley Elementary.
“Throughout my law enforcement career, I have pursued various certificates to further enhance my skills and knowledge,” Rodriguez said. “Some of the certifications I have obtained include Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), ALERRT (Instructor), New Supervisor, Active Shooter Response, Crime Scene Investigation, Human Trafficking, and more.
“As a younger candidate, I am highly motivated and committed to serving you as a full-time constable, making it my primary job. I eagerly look forward to serving as your future constable. I humbly ask for your vote and support in the upcoming election for Frio County Constable Pct. #4.”