Constable who wouldn’t leave is voted out
The Precinct 1 constable seat kept its Democratic heritage on Tuesday as Jevonne Smith Pollard defeated a Republican incumbent who previously said he would not seek election to the post.
Pollard collected 709 more votes than Charlie Wiggins, a Republican who was appointed to the position earlier this year.
When Wiggins was named interim constable on July 30 by the Jefferson County Commissioner’s Court to fill the final two years of Democrat Earl White’s term, he agreed not to seek election to the office in November.
White left to become Beaumont’s fire chief.
It wasn’t until Pollard, a Democrat and Precinct 2 deputy, decided to run for the Precinct 1 position that Wiggins said he changed his mind about running.
“I wish my opponent the best and pray she keeps my staff in tact,” Wiggins said. “That was my premise for running.”
Pollard began her career in law enforcement with Beaumont police in 2001, worked for the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office for four years and has been a deputy constable with Precincts 8 and 2 since 2013.
“You can’t just have anyone in as constable and expect the job to get done,” Wiggins said in a September interview. “I just feel like I’m more qualified than my opponent.”
Wiggins would have been the first Republican constable in Precinct 1.
Pollard said she’s “ready to go to work for all the citizens of Precinct 1 and prove (her) supporters right.”
“I wish it wasn’t more about party. It’s a nonpartisan office,” said Wiggins, a former Democrat who lost a bid for re-election in 2012. “I think you should put qualified persons in all positions, not depending upon what party.”
The Jefferson County Democratic Party and County Judge Jeff Branick called for Wiggins to resign from his post in September and campaign instead. Branick, a Republican, said resigning would “keep the integrity of the process.”