Democrat files for Calhoun County judge
Dec. 27, 2017 at 9:36 p.m.
Updated Dec. 28, 2017 at 6 a.m.
Calhoun County will have a race for county judge in the November general election now that a Democrat has filed.
Wayne Allen Tippit Jr., 64, of Port Lavaca, announced his candidacy last week and wrote in a statement that his experience in law enforcement makes him uniquely qualified.
Michael J. Pfeifer currently serves as the county judge. Pfeifer was elected in 2002 as a Democrat. Through his secretary, Pfeifer said he is retiring.
Tippit, who goes by and will appear on the ballot as Allen Tippit, will face Richard Meyer, 67, of Six Mile; or Wesley McKelvy, of Point Comfort, both Republicans, in the November general election.
Tippit has worked for Mid-Coast Family Services, a nonprofit dedicated to eliminating family violence, homelessness and substance abuse, for 18 years. He is presently a licensed professional counselor and manager working with the Calhoun County Probation Department's juveniles and adults.
Tippit said he is proud to be a fourth generation Calhoun County citizen.
His father was a rice farmer, and Tippit once worked on the packing line and as a floor supervisor for his family's shrimp packing company, Lavaca Shrimp. He wrote in his statement he remembers the county overcoming struggles such as when farmers shared fuel during the energy crisis of the 1970s and responding to other hurricanes.
"The problems of farmers, businessmen and hourly workers are issues (I want) Calhoun County residents to know (I) am familiar with," Tippit wrote.
Tippit received his bachelor's degree from Corpus Christi University, which is now known as Texas A&M University Corpus Christi.
He serves on the Victoria County Driving While Intoxicated Court; is a member of the YMCA and the First United Methodist Church; and was the vice president of the local American Postal Workers Union and was in the shop steward position for the National Association of Letter Carriers when he was employed by the U.S. Postal Service during and immediately after his college graduation.
He's been married to Susan Tippit, a Calhoun County High School teacher, for 40 years. The couple have a daughter, Remi, who recently graduated from the University of Houston-Victoria.
"I would like to see more of the public involved in the commissioner's court and make it easier for the public to view meetings, possibly through online streaming," Tippit wrote.