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Many believe an active constable is needed in Randall County

Amarillo, TX - It's a job that has been filled in Randall County for over ten years but has remained dormant.

Some say an active constable for precinct 4 can benefit the entire community.

Chris Johnson and Bert Bytheway will go head to head in a runoff election for the constable precinct 4 position.

A position that can bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars to the county and keep citizens safer.

Justice of the Peace Clay Houdashell says he never likes to comment on politics but felt it was finally time for him to speak up.

"Something can happen in these courtrooms in just a matter of seconds if somebody is not here prepared to protect the court and even the litigants that come into this courtroom. I mean we have to provide people with a safe place to go," says Clay Houdashell, Justice of the Peace Pct. 4, Randall County. 

He says he serves 92,000 people in his precinct and does not want anyone at risk anymore.

An active constable is also needed to collect on the nearly 3,000 outstanding warrants we currently have.

"Basically you know my first term I made about half a million dollars for Randall County, I mean the money is out there. It's also available in Precinct 4, they have their warrants also that can be worked that have been sitting dormant for all this time," says Chris Tinsley, Constable Pct. 4, Randall County.

He says another active constable can mean double the revenue.

At a time when Randall County is faced with a budget crunch, there are people who are not paying off warrants since for years many never faced consequences.

Bert Bytheway and Chris Johnson both feel like they are well qualified for the job.

"To put trust back in the office for the citizens of Randall County and the main thing is to collect the overdue Class C Misdemeanors. Approximately a million and a half dollars are out there that belong to Randall County," says Bert Bytheway, Running for Constable Pct. 4, Randall County.

"So we want to make sure that we have a system running through, Chris Tinsley has a great system and he said it took him a year or two to get the system going and that's what I want to do. I think that's what is going to separate us, I'm going to be here for the long run," says Chris Johnson, Running for Constable Pct. 4, Randall County.

Before the runoff on July 31st, voters are asked to make an informed decision.

"I suggest as with any candidate, that you do your due diligence and you go vote for the person who can go perform the duties of the job as you intended. They obviously spoke and they want a constable," says Clay Houdashell, Justice of the Peace Pct. 4, Randall County.

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