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Candidate Profile: J.L. Campbell Jr. - The Galveston County Daily News : Politics

July 30, 2014

Candidate Profile: J.L. Campbell Jr.

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Posted: Friday, October 24, 2008 12:00 am

Part 1

Are you a legal resident of the district you’re seeking to represent? Yes

Have you ever been convicted of a crime? No

Have you ever sued a public entity or been sued by one? No

Do you have any unpaid property taxes? No

Do you have any unpaid parking tickets? No

Do you have any other debts to a public entity? No

If elected will you work at the job full time? Yes

Will you continue to own or operate an outside business while holding this full-time public office? No

Will you have your home phone number listed in the phone book? No

Will you keep regular office hours? Yes

Part 2

Q. Why should voters choose you? What are your specific qualifications for the position?

A. I’m qualified practical and innovative. A vote for me is a vote for changing the status quo. I have 28 years of law enforcement experience with 16 years as a police chief. I hold a Master Peace Officer Certification and accrued more than 200 hours of police chief leadership training at Sam Houston State University (LEMIT).

This election is about leadership it’s about transforming the sheriff’s department into a 21st century law enforcement agency; in order to do that we’ve got to p ut the law back into law & order in Galveston County. For 8 years the sheriff’s department administration has had an opportunity to change the department from the inside; they failed I won’t.

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Q. What are the issues in this campaign? What is your platform on those issues?

A. Our murder rate in the unincorporated areas has more than doubled; that is not acceptable and needs to change. Game rooms are popping up on every corner and though some may be legitimate many are lightning rods for criminal activity. Drugs and gangs work hand in hand and they’ve been ignored for too long. I will create an organized crime unit made up of officers from local jurisdictions and work together against violent offenders that prey on our neighbors. And contrary to the current policy in the sheriff’s department under my opponent I will vigorously target illegal game rooms and enforce current laws that allow their assets to be seized and the game rooms to be closed.

Unlike my opponent I will send our deputies to the free training provided by the Federal Government (ICE) that will provide them with the authority to enforce federal immigration laws. Under my watch illegal immigrants who are arrested will be deported straight from the county jail.

As a fiscal conservative I will also conduct the first ever performance audit of the sheriff’s department to identify our strengths weaknesses and any waste.

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Q. If you promise to control or reduce taxes tell us how and be specific. For example how do you propose offsetting the inflation in government operating costs you cannot control (insurance utilities fuel costs etc.) by cutting costs you can control?

A. Creation of a wellness program at the sheriff’s department would help reduce the number of insurance claims and would improve the officer’s health and keep them better prepared for the tough job they face everyday. We can reduce fuel consumption by purchasing police vehicles with smaller engines to conserve fuel.

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Q. What government programs or personnel can be cut to reduce the increasing cost of government? Be specific.

A. One of our biggest expenditures is with our county jail. If you want to cut government costs then we need to get those prisoners out of our jail that are here illegally.

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Q. What specific actions would you take to make the office you seek more accessible to county residents and work efficiently with tax monies?

A. It’s important that the Sheriff hold town hall meetings. By discussing the operations of the sheriff’s department in an open forum they would be allowed to participate in an exercise I call “Stop Start and Keep”. This allows citizens to tell us what they want us to stop doing start doing and keep doing. Also it’s important to make the department more accessible to our deputies as well.

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Q. Tell us a about yourself. How old are you? What is your occupation? What is your highest level of education?

A. I’m 51 and I’m a second generation Texas lawman. I’m currently the police chief for Fort Bend ISD (6th largest school district in Texas). I’ve been married for 19 years and have 5 children and 3 grand children. We currently live in Santa Fe and I have lived in this county most of my life; we attend Shrine of the True Cross Church in Dickinson.