In 2010, McLennan County spoke up and elected a new District Attorney, Abel Reyna. The people were tired of dealing with a D.A. who was not only failing to do his job, but evidence now shows, had created a negative environment throughout the county. It was said that local police officers were frustrated with the lack of cooperation they were receiving from their own District Attorney.
Shortly after Reyna’s election, the majority of the previous staff walked out…never to return.
They may have felt guilty for letting the people of McLennan County down? Or maybe they just realized the “gig” was up. Either way, with their departure, a new era of accountability and respect for the office was ushered in.
In the same spirit, ( R ) Pete Peterson, a Vietnam Veteran and thirty-two year veteran of the Texas Highway Patrol, has had enough. He’s frustrated with the lack of accountability of the current Justice of the Peace in Precinct 1, Place 1, Kristi Decluitt , and is challenging her.
In the past, incumbents rarely felt the heat from their own, but in this particular race, enough is enough.
After speaking with Pete Peterson tonight, it was evident he felt it was time to take action and restore the once great office, held by previous mentors and respected men.
Peterson’s experience and willingness to continue his public service is a testament to his dedication to local community involvement and a desire to improve the county in which he calls home.
We met at his home in Hewitt, and after meeting his wife and granddaughter, we set up the camera and prepared for our one-on-one conversation about the conditions in McLennan County. The things he said resonated, and proved to me that he was willing to do whatever it takes to assist the local authorities in accomplishing their job.
“I don’t care if they need me to sign a warrant in the middle of the night…I’m used to it. My wife’s used to it…I’ve been on call my whole life,” exclaimed Peterson regarding his commitment to the job. According to him, too often, our Justice of the Peace officials are not available to do what’s necessary…and he wants to change that.
I encourage the voters in McLennan County, Precinct 1, Place 1 to watch these videos. They will show you the character and fortitude of a man who does what he says, and has a track record to prove it.