Republican Sheriff candidate chosen
POSTED: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 4:49pm
UPDATED: Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 9:02am
MCALLEN, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER23) — The Republican Party of Hidalgo County found its man to run for sheriff.
Al Perez has been tapped to go against interim Sheriff Eddie Guerra this fall. The winner will finish out the term of disgraced former Sheriff Lupe Treviño.
Perez spent 30 years in law enforcement. He's a Republican in a deeply Democratic part of the state and wasted no time attacking Guerra.
"The reason why I stepped up to the plate and ran, was because I was so discontent with the way Mr. Guerra was put into office," Perez said. "They did say he was the most qualified. I disagreed."
Perez touted his experience working in many levels of law enforcement during those three decades. He retired from the Sheriff's Office less than two months ago to run for its top position.
The 53-year-old former Marine says he enjoys patrolling.If elected, he would center his changes around putting deputies on the street.
"Some of the things that I look at is definitely increasing patrol," Perez said. "And that would come with the restructuring of the department. Patrol is the backbone of the department."
Perez says he would bring in an entirely new command staff if elected. He added that the staff would likely consist of veterans from within the department who know it well.
He also says whoever gets that promotion would have to get used to something new.
"They don't go out on the road. They're just in the office," Perez said of the command staff at the sheriff's office. "With me, the command staff would have at least a couple of hours, two to three hours a day where they would go out to the field... I'll be out there on the road."
The election for Sheriff will be held on November 4.
In addition to Guerra, Perez will also face off against Vince Ousley and Giovani Hernandez.