Candidate profiles: Victoria County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4

Oct. 12, 2010 at 5:12 a.m.

The two men vying for the justice of the peace, Precinct 4, have different concerns pertaining to the job.

The incumbent, Henry A. Welfel Jr., 57, and Tommy Tijerina, 53, shared their ideas about how they plan to serve their constituents in the office.

"I will manage the office of justice of the peace with honor and accountability and work closely with our school personnel and law enforcement on the issues concerning truancy," said Tijerina, who considers himself to be a law-abiding person of good moral character.

He proposed cutting the JP4's salary to help with the county's economic conditions.

"The economy has been hard on everyone; the county will cut pay and jobs."

He continued, "I propose the salary for JP4 be reduced $7,703 from $45,000 to $37,297, and it can stay at this level until the economy gets better or revenue increases."

Meanwhile, Welfel said he plans to be available to the public who need his help.

"I will be in my office should anyone need to talk to me regarding personal problems or legal questions."

He added, "I will sit on the bench and be fair an equitable in my decisions as to those cases that come before me."

If re-elected, Welfel said he plans to focus on resolving truancy and handling evictions quickly and efficiently.



Age: 57

City/County of Residence: Victoria

Party Affiliation: Republican

Occupation: Justice of Peace, Precinct 4

Professional Experience: Attorney for the past 25 years; more than 160 hours of judicial training

Contact Info: 361-573-5073 or


Age: 53

City/county of residence: Victoria

Party Affiliation: Democrat

Occupation: Projects coordinator / director for the Victoria Chamber of Commerce

Professional Experience: Peace officer for the Victoria County Sheriff's Office and Yorktown Police Department.

Contact Info: 361-550-5416 or or



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