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[December 22, 2009]
Former constable running again
Dec 22, 2009 (The Eagle - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Former Brazos County Pct. 3 Constable Phil Sykes' filing to run for his old position was like many other candidate filings in the past month except for one thing: He filed from Afghanistan.
The Republican is currently working as a non-commissioned military employee screening non-U.S. personnel who enter Camp Phoenix in Kabul. He said in a phone interview Monday that he expects to return to the United States in mid-February.
"Hopefully everyone will remember what I did last time that I was a constable and that will help, because it is hard to run an election when you are here," Sykes said, adding that he worked to lower the budget while focusing on serving warrants.
He will run against at least one opponent. Steven Emert, currently a deputy constable in Precinct 2, filed for the Precinct 3 seat on the first day of the filing period.
Emert, who has lived in Brazos County since 1983, has unsuccessfully run for the seat before with a platform that he would cut down on crime through routine criminal patrol.
Other recent filings include Brian Bachman, who will run as a Republican for Pct. 1 County Constable. He will face incumbent Archie Clark and former Precinct 1 Deputy Constable Shawn Sayers.
Darrell Booker will as a Democrat run for Pct. 4 justice of the peace. He faces a crowded primary field that includes Rose Jones, Greg Banks, Manuel Aguilar and Martha Garcia Opersteny. Republican Jim Cashion has also entered the race.
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