MIDLAND COUNTY, TX (KWES) - The race for Midland County Constable for Precinct 3 is different from others on the ballot. Jeffrey Rowland a resident of Midland County for the last three and a half years goes up against the incumbent Theodore Macklin who surrendered his Texas Commission on Law Enforcement license(TCOLE) last month.
Rowland said he's running to make a difference.
"This is the first chance I had. I feel personally if I would have waited until the next election cycle or even the one after that my words wouldn't hold water with the people," said Rowland.
Some of the jobs a constable has to do are to bailiff the court of their assigned precinct and serve warrants issued from them. Midland County Judge Mike Bradford said the names on the ballot were there since August.
"Once the ballots are shipped there aren't any changes. You know of famous cases over in the southeast state were people who unfortunately have passed away and they are still on the ballot," said Bradford.
We tried getting a response from Macklin on the race at a known residence but didn't get an answer. Rowland added he has plans for the precinct if elected.
"I want to be able to give back to the community. A few way that I've looked at that are neighborhood watch programs, reconnecting with some of the youth or mentoring. Or looking at how I can best help some of the elderly in the neighborhood," said Rowland.
Judge Bradford added he hopes there will be a large turnout from the voters and hopes whoever wins understands the responsibility of what being a constable means.