2016 Ellis County Constable Pct 4 GOP Candidate Questionnaire responses

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2016 Ellis County Constable Precinct 4 Republican candidates

ELLIS COUNTY — Learn more about the candidates running for Ellis County Constable Precinct 4 in their own words. The two candidates vying for the position answered a comprehensive questionnaire presented by Ellis County Citizen.

Voters will take to the polls on March 1 to cast a ballot for their preferred choice. Incumbent Mike Jones is being challenged by Mike DeLara.

Election day voting will be held on March 1, 2016 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Click here for a list of election day polling locations. Early voting will take place February 16, 2016 through February 26, 2016. Click here for a list of early voting locations and times.

Get to know each candidate by reviewing their responses to several questions posed by Ellis County Citizen. Compare the responses of each candidate to each question below or click on a candidate's name above to view an individual candidate's responses to all questions on one page. The candidates' names are in the order in which they will appear on the ballot.

Candidate Questionnaire Responses

1) What is your age?

2) What is your city of residence?

3) How many years have you lived in Ellis County?

4) Tell us a little about your family.

5) Describe your education.

6) What previous public office experience have you had?

7) What is your occupation?

8) Describe your church and civic involvement.

9) Please provide a biographical narrative.

10) What motivated your interest in running for Ellis County Constable?

11) Briefly and succinctly define the job responsibilities of the office you are seeking.

12) What qualifications and professional experiences do you possess that are applicable to law enforcement and to the civil law responsibilities the position you are seeking requires? Be specific.

13) What qualifications do you possess that will enable you to manage a budget of over $160,000 for the constable’s office you are seeking? Be specific.

14) How has your education prepared you for this office?

15) Have you declared bankruptcy or have had any liens placed upon you in the past 10 years? If so, please explain.

16) What distinguishes you from your opponent(s)?

17) Is there any additional training that you plan to seek to assist you in the duties of Constable?

18) What is the appropriate budget size for the constable's office and why should the current budget be cut, remain the same or increased?

19) What are the three greatest challenges facing Ellis County related to the position you are seeking? If elected, what measures would you propose to resolve them?

20) If elected, what are your top three priorities? How will you work with other elected officials and county staff to achieve them? Be specific.

21) In your opinion, what are the most important qualities that a Constable needs to have?

22) Where do you believe a citizen's rights come from?

23) What is your opinion on the right to carry firearms, as defined in the Constitution of the United States of America?

24) What is your opinion on asset forfeiture for individuals who have not been found guilty in a court of law?

25) Federal state and local laws sometimes conflict with the original intent of the Constitution of the United States of America. If elected, how do you plan to enforce laws which may conflict with the Constitution?

26) How can the office of Constable best serve the citizens of the county?

27) What is your opinion on local law enforcement agencies employing military style training, equipment and tactics?

28) If elected, how would you reach out and form relationships with residents of Ellis County and how would you reach out to those residents in the outlying areas of the county?

29) If elected, what are the factors on which you will base your decisions as Constable?

30) Why should voters choose you?