Incumbent Josh Joplin won a second term as Smith County precinct 4 constable after defeating his challenger in the Republican primary runoff race, complete, unofficial election returns show.
These returns show Joplin received 851 votes, or 52.76% to Curtis Wulf's 762 votes, or 47.24%.
In the March 3 primary, Joplin received 42.88% of the total, while Wulf took 29.67% in a four-person race.
Chapel Hill native Joplin said the office has responded to 1,973 calls and performed over 1,600 traffic stops and assisted in animal cruelty complaints since January 2017. He also worked at the Brownsboro Police Department as a K-9 handler and warrant officer.
Joplin said relationships with the Winona and Chapel Hill school districts have been built to protect all district campuses, including a Precinct 4 deputy at Winona Elementary with cost covered by Winona ISD. Two part-time deputies, a full-time night shift deputy and a deputy for Saturday patrol were added to the office as well. Law enforcement equipment was upgraded and Joplin took education courses to learn more about the constable position, he said.
Joplin was endorsed by the Tyler Organization of Men.
Wulf, who calls himself a lifelong Republican, conservative and Christian, is an investigator at his wife’s firm, the Wulf Law Firm. He was previously a law enforcement officer at Angleton, West Columbia and Needville police departments.
He said he’s been a licensed peace officer for over 15 years with experience that includes being a patrol officer, drug interdiction, patrol supervisor, and felony investigator. He also holds an intermediate peace officer license and is a certified instructor through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement and a field training officer.
He was endorsed by Grassroots America — We The People and The East Texas Regional Fraternal Order of Police.