Ken Jones seeks old position
HARRIS COUNTY – By far the most contentious local, primary race in 2016 was the race for the Democratic candidate for Precinct 3 Constable. Now we find the incumbent Constable facing his old boss, and the wife of his last Republican opponent. While there is plenty of time for others to also run, these three have already selected a responsible financial treasurer to seek campaign finances for office.
The race will be held November 5, 2020. The official deadline for filing isn’t until Dec. 9 of 2019 for the Democratic Party. The Democratic party spokesperson indicates that they do not know who will run as yet and the Harris County Clerk of Court has no listing as to who might run.
As rumor would have it, eleven people are running for the office but no official record indicates this or whom those candidates might be.
Still with certainty, we can say that Harris County Precinct 3 Constable Sherman Eagleton is running, the former Constable Ken Jones is running, and Deborah Florus is running, and each has named an election treasurer. All three have long histories in law enforcement. Eagleton and Jones have held the office and Deborah Florus is a Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy and wife of Dan Webb, the last Republican Candidate for Precinct 3 Constable and formerly with the Department of Public Safety.
In the last Democratic Primary Run-Off election, Sherman Eagleton defeated Michael Pappillion handily. Jasen Rabalais was knocked out of the race by 36 votes behind Pappillion. He was Jones’ unofficial surrogate candidate but it would be fair to say made some mistakes during the campaign in spite of spending the most to win. Rabalais contended without proving that illegal votes were cast in the election that knocked him out of running.
While much of Crosby voted Republican, the main race was in the Democratic Primary and voters had to vote in one primary or the other but no one can vote in both. The two parties, that were once the Democratic-Republican Party against the Whigs, have made sure that their partizan politics is dominant.
Anyone campaigning this year must however must keep in mind that Harris County Precinct 3 Constable’s District is the third largest in population and second in landmass and a very diversified set of demographics.
During his time in office, Eagleton has initiated reforms, increased standards and initiated programs to outreach to the elderly but dropped bad check collections, a civil matter.