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Democratic Party nomination for Goliad County Sheriff

April 24, 2012 at 5:03 p.m.
Updated April 23, 2012 at 11:24 p.m.

Candidate Paul R. San Miguel, democrat, Goliad County, Sheriff

Editor's note: The Advocate is profiling candidates in the May 29 primary election. This profile features candidates for the Democratic Party nomination for Goliad County Sheriff. The winner will face the Republican Party nominee in the November general election.

Name: Paul R. San Miguel

Age: 44

City/County of residence: Goliad County

Occupation: Goliad County deputy sheriff

Political Party: Democratic

Office Seeking: Goliad County Sheriff

Why do you want to serve in this position?

I am a lifelong resident of Goliad County and have served in the Goliad Volunteer Fire Department and sheriff's office combined for more than 15 years. I know the people of Goliad County and have a unique insight into the law enforcement community. With my experience and knowledge of Goliad County I know I can be a strong and effective sheriff.

What qualifies you to serve in this office?

In May 2005, I graduated from the Victoria College Police Academy and became a certified peace officer. On June 1, 2005, I was licensed as a Goliad County deputy sheriff and I have served the citizens of Goliad to this day. I believe my experience of law enforcement and knowledge of the people and county qualifies me for the office of sheriff.

If elected, how will you go about effectively serving your constituents?

As sheriff of Goliad County, I pledge to provide hometown traditional law enforcement, increase involvement in our school system, focus on drugs and alcohol abuse in our community, establish a better and strong rapport with agencies within our community, know the needs of the people and strive to meet those needs and create a more effective law enforcement agency by improving training, enhancing patrol procedures and providing strong, effective leadership. Listening to the people and working to provide a better community is my top priority and I believe we can do it together.

For more information: gcso605@sbcglobal.net, P.O. Box 1199 Goliad, 77963, (361) 722-8174

Name: Don Mitchel

Age: 63

City/county of residence: Goliad

Occupation: Commissioned state special agent and rancher

Political party: Democrat

Office Seeking: Sheriff

Why do you want to serve in this position?

I have continuously served the citizens of Texas for more than 30 years in the law enforcement community, both statewide and in a local capacity. Coming up through the years, you meet a lot of good people who want only to have a safe community in which to raise their children. If I can use my education and training to make this happen in Goliad County, I feel that my career as a police officer has been worth it all.

What qualifies you to serve in this office?

I have more than 30 years experience as a law enforcement officer, including patrol officer/sergeant, chief of police, and state police agent, working in open and undercover assignments. I hold a master peace officer certification. My training includes receiving hundreds of hours in classroom and field training operations. I served as a firearms instructor for the state of Texas and have taught classes for police academies. I received training from the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute, Sam Houston State University and The Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, Va., and served as board member for the Child Advocacy Center.

If elected, how will you go about effectively serving your constituents?

I will serve by using my many years of experience in law enforcement and the many hours of training I have received, drawing on professional law enforcement contacts made over the years, and implementing the proven methods used by local, state, and federal agencies. There are many state and federal agencies willing to work with and trade resources with counties and cities in drug interdiction, criminal investigations, gang intelligence, and many other problem areas. Under my direction, Goliad County would take advantage of these cooperative inter-agency services at no additional costs to the taxpayers of the county.

For more information: donmitchel48@yahoo.com; 4288 Bego Road, Goliad, Texas 77963; 361-645-2437

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