Republican primary candidate dies

Jose E. “Eddie” Obregon, the sole Republican candidate in the March 3 primary election for the office of Uvalde County Constable for Precinct 1, died Wednesday in San Antonio after a heart attack.

His name will stay on the ballot for the March primary, and the Republican party may choose to allow write-in candidates or nominate one candidate by executive committee for the November General Election, according to Uvalde County election administrator Melissa Jones Bradham.

The 73-year-old retiree and Uvalde resident formerly held the office in 2009, before losing to a Democratic opponent in 2012.

He is survived by his wife, Maribel, and they have seven children. He previously had a heart attack in 2003.

He had approximately 27 years of experience in the law enforcement field.

“He loved law enforcement and doing the constable position, that’s why he was running again,” Maribel said yesterday. “He was a good man and a good father.”

After graduating from the law enforcement academy at San Antonio College, Obregon worked for the the City of Poteet as chief of police in 1973, before taking a job with the Dilley Police Department as a patrolman. He became chief of police in Dilley after approximately six months, holding the position until 1983, when he became a patrolman for the Uvalde Police Department.

He eventually retired from UPD in 1995 after working as a patrol sergeant and then a sergeant in the criminal investigation division.

In 2009, Obregon was appointed by the Uvalde County Commissioners’ Court to the position of Precinct 1 constable after the position was vacated by David McCutchen.

He served in the position for three years.

Incumbent Precinct 1 constable Johnny J. Field is running unopposed on the Democratic ballot.

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