Terrell seeks second full term, sheriff seeks seventh

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

The campaign season is fully underway for the March 2008 Primary, with a number of candidates announcing their intention to run for office.

On Thursday, District Judge Richard Terrell issued a press release announcing his intention to seek re-election to what would be his second full term in office.

Terrell was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to fill an unexpired term in April 2004. He was elected to a full, four-year term as 79th Judicial District Court Judge in November 2004, by Jim Wells and Brooks county voters.

"I have worked very hard during my tenure to be an objective, fair, and when necessary, a tough district court judge," Terrell said in the press release. "I respectfully ask Jim Wells and Brooks County voters for the opportunity and privilege to continue serving them."

Also announcing his intention to run for re-election this week was Jim Wells County Sheriff Oscar Lopez.

"Once again, I would like to ask you for your vote and support in the upcoming sheriff's election," Lopez said. "My promises will remain the same, and that is to protect and serve our communities and provide the best enforcement of our state's laws."

Lopez was originally elected sheriff in 1981, and is seeking his seventh term in office.

Lopez's only opponent so far in the race is Enrique Saenz, a former investigator with the sheriff's department and a current Alice police officer. Saenz filed paperwork to announce a campaign treasurer on May 24.

Several other races also have candidates who have already announced their intention to run for election.

In the Pct. 3 County Commissioner race, incumbent commissioner Oswald "Wally" Alanis filed paperwork announcing his intention to run for re-election on Aug. 24.

Alanis' only challenger as of this week is Juvencio "J.C." Perez, of Alice. Perez filed paperwork with the county clerk appointing a campaign treasurer on June 13.

The Jim Wells County Tax Assessor-Collector seat will be open this election, after incumbent Lucila Reynolds announced last month that she will not seek re-election.

Alice Mayor Grace Saenz-Lopez announced her intention to run for the position on July 30, and Mary Lozano appointed a campaign treasurer in her bid for the seat on Aug. 3.

The only other county race that currently has a candidate is for Jim Wells County Constable Precinct 6. On Tuesday, Bartolo Guajardo Jr. filed for the office left vacant after the death of incumbent constable Alonzo Lozano earlier this year.