Newcomer, veteran face off in GOP constable primary
May 6, 2012 at 12:06 a.m.
Editor's note: The Advocate is profiling candidates in the May 29 primary election. This profile features candidates for the Republican Party nomination for Victoria County Constable Precinct 4. The winner will be unopposed in the November general election.
A newcomer and a veteran will face off in the May 29 Republican primary for Victoria County Constable Precinct 4
Newcomer Roger Stuart will go up against incumbent John Miller, who has served as constable for the past seven years.
With 17 years of experience as a licensed Texas peace officer, Miller, 50, has also had extensive training in civil process, which includes serving small claims citations; evictions and writ of possessions.
He also has certificates in manufactured housing eviction; special investigations and gun trafficking to the Mexican cartels.
Stuart, however, comes from a different background.
In December, Stuart, 58, retired as assistant fire marshal for the city of Victoria after 35 years with the fire department.
During his 23 years working in the fire marshal's office, he often worked with law enforcement agencies including the Victoria Police Department, Victoria County Sheriff's Office, State Fire Marshal's Office, ATF, FBI and the U.S. Marshal.
He holds a master peace officers license as well as advanced firefighter, arson investigator and EMT-Basic licenses.
Both men shared their reasons for wanting to serve as constable of Precinct 4.
"Law enforcement is a job that you have to have a passion for. By serving as your constable for the past seven years I am able to give back to the community that I was born and raised in," said Miller. "I enjoy meeting and visiting with the residents of Victoria County and will always be available to listen to their concerns and problems and be proactive to take care of them. I am always just a phone call away."
He promised to continue to serve civil process and get the return back to the court in a timely manner, which will enable his constituents to have their day in court to resolve their disputes.
He also promised to continue patrolling the neighborhoods in the county and within the city limits.
Stuart shared his vision for the office.
"I knew that after I retired, I wanted to continue to serve and protect the citizens of Victoria County. My first objective is to work with the Precinct 4 justice of the peace and my fellow law enforcement officers to enforce all county and state criminal and civil laws," Stuart said. His second objective is to work closely with the Victoria school district to be pro-active in dealing with student truancy issues.
"With my experience in working with the public and my strong work ethic, I will be able to fulfill these goals as the full-time working constable of Precinct 4."
He, too, promised to serve civil papers, assist the justice of the peace and to assist other law enforcement agencies with school zones and high volume calls.
"Many times, I have seen officers make calls when back up is not available. I can help with these calls on an as-needed basis."
Both candidates listed truancy as one of the main issues they would like to tackle.