J.C. Perez III wants to be the next county clerk and said he has always had an interest in public office.

He said his experience as an administrator for more than three decades sets him apart from his opponent.

“I’ve always has an interest in serving the community,” Perez said. “In the past 33 years, I’ve served the schools, chamber and different types of organizations and have been involved with city committees.”

Perez said when the incumbent decided not to run he decided to give it a shot.

“When Ruben (Sandoval) was not planning on running, (I thought) this would be an opportunity to serve my county.”

Perez is married to Nelda Perez and they have three children, J.C. Perez IV, Jenika and Jenyse. He graduated from San Diego High School in 1973. He attended Texas A&I University and received his bachelor’s in agriculture education in 1978 and his master’s in mid-management in 1984.

He said his management and trouble-shooter skills make him the best candidate.

“Because of my experience, not only in education, but in my administration, I have over 100 people in my wing. Everyday problems I have to solve. Record keeping is a portion. I’m the custodian of student records. With that experience, I can help the county.”

Perez is currently the director of operations with the Alice Independent School District.

He said he is not planning to make any personnel changes if he is elected as county clerk.

“Strategically, I would have to go in there and see where they are at,” he said. “I think the people that are in there are very qualified and have the proper education for their positions. They will all be there and stay there. A good administrator does not make changes, a good administrator studies the needs of the office. Once the needs are found then you strategically find a way to meet those needs.”

Perez said he would like to continue to update the office with modern technology.

“And technology-wise, (look at) where they are and focus on keeping up with technology and making sure all of our records or written documents are stored in a matter to where they would be safe for many, many years.”

He said he would look into grants to keep up with the technology, upgrade and maintain what the county clerk’s office already has and continue to build on programs already set in place.

“There will always be room for technology to make it easier, safer and more efficient and build our courthouse to this modern technology,” Perez said. “The county clerk’s office is already taking those steps.”

Perez said people might not know that he enjoys ranching when he’s not working.

“I do spend a lot of time ranching and raising cattle,” he said.

Perez said he would be available to the public whenever needed.

“I’ll be available to the public at all times,” he said. “There will always be a manner to reach me.”

In conclusion, Perez wanted to reassure the residents of the county if elected he is planning to retire from the school district.

“I’m not going to be working for the schools, I will be retiring in December if I get this position,” he said. “I would be doing it fulltime.”