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Calhoun County Sheriff candidate

Oct. 4, 2012 at 5:04 a.m.

Calhoun County  Sheriff candidate Troy Baxter

Editor's Note: To help our readers learn more about the candidates in the Nov. 6 election, we are publishing profiles on candidates in contested races. Early voting begins Oct. 22. Today's candidates are seeking the Calhoun County Sheriff's seat.

Name: Troy Baxter

Age: 50

City/county of residence: Point Comfort

Office Seeking: Sheriff

Party Affiliation: Republican

Occupation: General contractor

Why do you want to serve in the office you are seeking?

I believe that everyone should get involved in their community. I have always enjoyed serving my community. With my experience and knowledge I will be able to make the sheriff's department an efficient entity of the county government.

What qualifies you to serve in this office?

Master peace officer's license, more than 20 years of law enforcement, 3,260 hours of law enforcement training, licensed law enforcement trainer, experienced as police chief and assistant chief, more than 20 years of business management, current city council member (government experience), USMC veteran.

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

I will bring responsible leadership to the department. I will use my knowledge and skills to establish and operate within an effective budget and stop wasteful spending. I will make sure that all employees get the proper training they need to do their jobs effectively. I will run my department with honesty and integrity. Under my leadership, the department will move in a positive direction.

Is there anything else you would like to discuss concerning your election?

I will be an involved, working sheriff, who is proactive rather that reactive. I will make every effort to motivate, boost morale and lead by example. I take pride in my work and expect my personnel to do the same. My door will always be open and calls will be returned.

Phone number, address, e-mail or web site where voters can contact you or learn more about you.

Troy Baxter

361-987-4152

stbconst@cableone.net

Name: George Aleman

Age: 59

City/County of residence: Port Lavaca

Office Seeking: County Sheriff

Party Affiliation: Democrat

Occupation: Supervisor

Why do you want to serve in the office you are seeking?

With plant expansions in our county that means an increase in population, which brings a rise in crime. We need to be prepared to face the rise in crime and with my experience I can lead our sheriff's office in this challenge. We will be more aggressive on drugs, which we know lead to other crimes. I will work with other law enforcement agencies and our district attorney to make Calhoun County a safer place.

What qualifies you to serve in this office?

My experience of 36 years in law enforcement, 29 of those years have been in a supervisory or administrative positions. I have served with law enforcement agencies outside of Calhoun County. With experience from those agencies I can build a more professional and cost effective sheriff's office. I am currently employed with the sheriff's office and I'm familiar with the day-to-day operations and know what needs to be addressed.

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

I will cut frivolous spending and work with our commissioners to stay within our budget. I will seek and apply for grants to off set our budget. I will capitalize on each individual officer's knowledge and training to provide you with a professional and highly dedicated staff to serve your needs. I will unite with other agencies to fight our growing drug problem. I will not hesitate to seek help from state and federal agencies.

Is there anything else you would like to discuss concerning your election?

I attended Calhoun County schools and graduated from Calhoun High School in 1972.

I have been married to Rosemary Garcia Aleman for 35 years. We have a son Christopher Aleman, and a daughter Christine Aleman Le, and four grandchildren.

I want to thank everyone for their support. I also want to ask the voters to vote for the person on the local level, remember they are the ones that serve you directly.

Phone number, address, e-mail or web site where voters can contact you to learn more about you.

If anyone has any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at galeman53@yahoo.com or call me at 361-652-0152

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