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Montemayor seeks re-election
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GROVETON – Sheriff Ralph Montemayor Sr. has announced he will be a candidate for re-election in the March 6 Democratic Party Primary Election. Montemayor was originally appointed to the sheriff’s post on Dec. 11, 2008, following the death of former Sheriff Brent Lee in a single car accident the previous November. He was elected to fill out the final two years of Lee’s term in November 2010. “In these past three years, the sheriff’s office has made great strides in equipment, policies and procedures to become a professional law enforcement office,” Montemayor said. Prior to his appointment as sheriff, Montemayor served for a number of years in Trinity County as a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game warden. He currently holds a Master Peace Officer’s License with over 29 years of law enforcement experience. He also is a certified intoxilizer operator by the Texas Department of Public Safety. The sheriff currently is a member of the Sheriff’s Association of Texas, where he serves as a member of the Resolutions Committee. He also is a member of the Texas Game Warden Association and the Game Warden Peace Officers Association of Texas. He serves as chairman of the Rural East Texas Mental Health Board for Trinity County and is the liaison for the Trinity County Crime Stoppers. “The challengers of being a Texas sheriff are great indeed with the current economy an d the rise of crimes and drugs throughout the United States,” he said. “You need an experienced officer that will treat people with respect and fairness. “I have always had an open door policy and will continue to do so. I will continue to strive to get the best equipment and training for our officers through drug seizure monies and grants,” he added. “I took an oath many years ago to ‘protect and serve’ the great people of this state and county and to uphold the laws to make your neighborhoods, communities and children safe. I will not waiver from this task. “I ask for you vote on March 6, 2012, in the Democratic Primary,:” he added.