With only Jim Wells County’s absentee votes uncounted, it appears longtime Alice Police Department officer and detective Richard DeLeon will be the next Justice of the Peace for Precinct 1.
According to totals released by the Jim Wells County Elections Administration, DeLeon received 2,778 votes to Villarreal,s 1,773. Deleon won with 61.04 percent of the vote. The election totals included early votes and election day votes, but did not include absentee votes.
DeLeon said late Tuesday night that he was thankful for the support he received.
"I would like to thank my family, friends and community for their tremendous support in my victory for JP1," he said. "I pledge to work for all the people of Jim Wells County."
In a Q&A with the Alice Echo-News Journal in October, DeLeon stated that his plan, if elected to office, would be to make improve the JP office.
“My campaign platform is simply to make things better for our citizens and our community. If elected as Justice of the Peace, my priorities are as follows: one, to run a fair court where Justice can prevail. Two, operate the court with transparency and three, to work together with the JWC officials, fellow JWC judges, law enforcement authorities and JP Office staff in order to make the JP court as efficient and effective as possible.”
DeLeon worked for the Alice Police Department for 34 and a half years before retiring two years ago.
The JP Pct. 1 post came up after longtime justice of the peace Juan Rodriguez was elected as Jim Wells County judge in the March primaries.