Montgomery County Constable Precinct 2 Republican candidates discuss experience, leadership

Daniel Pena, David Eason, Clyde Vogel and incumbent Gene DeForest will face each other in the March Republican primaries. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Daniel Pena, David Eason, Clyde Vogel and incumbent Gene DeForest will face each other in the March Republican primaries. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Daniel Pena, David Eason, Clyde Vogel and incumbent Gene DeForest will face each other in the March Republican primaries. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

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Daniel Pena, David Eason, Clyde Vogel and incumbent Gene DeForest will face each other in the March Republican primaries.

Constable Precinct 2 - Republican

Daniel Pena

Years in district: 5

http://penaforpct2constable.com/


1. Why are you running for Precinct 2 constable? I am the most diverse and experienced candidate in the race. I feel that my knowledge and experience provide the citizens of Precinct 2 a level of security and safety that they currently are lacking. As a decision maker, I can implement plans that will ultimately benefit Precinct 2.

2. What are the biggest issues facing Precinct 2 from a law enforcement standpoint? The biggest issue I see is that the agency does not operate 24/7. Another issue is that they do not take calls that may require an investigation, which are then often left for the Sheriff’s office to investigate.

3. How are you prepared to provide leadership to Precinct 2 during the next big flood event? My undergrad is in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, which focuses on manmade and/or natural disasters. With the Sheriff’s office I’m tasked with disaster response and recovery. I’m also a warrant officer in the State Guard, where I am the Operations officer during disasters that affect the region.

David Eason

Years in district: 34

If elected, I would change: the [use of] current resources to maximize the efficiency of the office while being fiscally responsible with tax payer dollars.

www.eason2020.com

1. Why are you running for Constable Precinct 2?

The Precinct 2 Constable’s Office is stagnant and needs new life and fresh ideas. I have 22 years as a law enforcement professional, and I have the leadership to bring Precinct 2 into a new era of policing. I ... [will] serve the public in a better, more effective manner. I have identified several deficiencies in the office and want to provide an excellent level of service to the people of Precinct 2, which is where I grew up.

2. What are the biggest issues facing Precinct 2 from a law enforcement standpoint?

24-hour police service is a big issue. Taking care of the citizens by professional, reliable, civil services and being proactive in the area to reduce crime and the fear of crime is key. Steady growth and working towards 24-hour service is our goal. Furthermore, precinct 2 has a large homeless population that needs to be addressed. This is a law enforcement problem that increases crimes such as theft, burglaries, criminal mischief and vagrancies. This is also a large jailing cost to taxpayers. With a small, fiscally responsible Homeless and Veterans program, I will partner with private organizations to help get them identification, into permanent shelter (or mental health care) and off the streets.

3. How are you prepared to provide leadership to Precinct 2 during the next big flood event?

As a leader, having a direct contingency plan and being prepared is paramount in serving the public in times of disaster. Working towards government grants for swift water rescue equipment and training is important to reducing casualties of life and preservation community safety. Mutual aid and partnerships with all other agencies is also an important element to serving the citizens in times of a natural disaster. 24-hour police service helps reduce crimes after a disaster and preserves personal property from looting and vandalism.

Clyde Vogel

Years in district: 49

If elected, I would change: how civil process is served and how the warrants from the Justice of the Peace Court are handled and collected.

www.clydevogel.com

1. Why are you running for Precinct 2 constable?

The department currently lags behind others in modernity, efficiency and work output. This precinct is in need of change—not necessarily growth, but rather change in leadership, productivity and accountability. We don't need a bigger budget. We just need to reallocate and better utilize what is already there.

2. What are the biggest issues facing Precinct 2 from a law enforcement standpoint?

We need to be more efficient with our time and resources. Precinct 2 currently serves only about 27%-30% of what comes in. My goal is around 77%-82%, which is more in line with the other precincts in the county.

3. How are you prepared to provide leadership to Precinct 2 during the next big flood event?

I'd provide training for all deputies in boat operations and swift water rescues. I'd institute an emergency staffing protocol to ensure around the clock responsiveness to our community. I'd ensure that our deputies are equipped, prepared and “at the ready” to respond or assist any other agency.

Gene DeForest

Years in district: 30-plus

If elected, I would change: Nothing. Keep the professionalism, pride, honesty and integrity in which I built this office.

www.genedeforest.com

1. Why are you running for Precinct 2 constable? I have been your Constable for over 19 years and in law enforcement for over 45 years. I love this job and working for the people. Helping and doing things for the people and the community does my heart good. I took office January 1, 2001 and built the foundation to this office on four basic principles: professionalism, pride, honesty and integrity. I have asked nothing less from the people who work not only for me, but for you. I have never forgotten who has given me this job nor do I take it lightly.

2. What are the biggest issues facing Precinct 2 from a law enforcement standpoint? Deputies. Our budget is under the commissioners, and I work with what they give me. Last year I was able to start an evening shift patrol with a seargent and a civil deputy. Patrolling the neighborhoods and working DWIs is a big plus for this community. Neighborhood patrol is one thing I started when I first took office and we have been doing it ever since.

3. How are you prepared to provide leadership to Precinct 2 during the next big flood event? We have had several floods we have been in charge of during the past 19 years and I would continue doing just as we have done in the past. We have added a rescue boat thanks to Spirit Of Texas Bank and have trained swift water rescue deputies. Helping during the rescues and the protection of people’s property has always been a priority and we will continue. I have been there each and every time working long hours with the deputies. I am very proud of this office.
By Eva Vigh
Eva Vigh joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 as a reporter for Spring and Klein. Prior to this position, she covered upstream oil and gas news for a drilling contractors' association.


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