83rd District Attorney Rod Ponton is pleased to announce that he will run for re-election. “It has been the greatest privilege and honor of my life to serve the people of the 83rd District as their District Attorney. I want to continue to keep fighting to help victims of crime. I love these communities, and want to help keep these communities safe for the good people who live here.
I ran for 83rd District Attorney four years ago because I hated seeing our Big Bend communities suffering due to a lack of felony prosecution. When I took office in 2013, there were almost 300 backlogged cases, including serious child sexual abuse and drug distribution cases. My office has cleared out the backlog, and we are now current with our criminal dockets in all four counties. Cases are now promptly indicted, resolved, or tried. Although we strive to be fair to defendants, we also want to ensure prompt justice for crime victims.
Four years ago, I pledged to convict sexual predators in our communities. Channing Murry, Marfa, got 40 years for child sex abuse. Ramon Chacon, Alpine, got 55 years for child sex abuse. Christian Lara, Marfa, got 20 years for child abuse. Juan Granados, Ft. Davis, was convicted of child sex abuse. Andres Alvarado, Ft. Davis, got life for child sex abuse. Jerry Rivera, Alpine, got 15 years for child sex abuse. I kept my pledge, and will continue to prosecute sex offenders, as well as all offenders.
Since taking office, I have hired professional prosecutors, opened a tri-county office in Alpine, increased grant funding to the office, and worked closely with law enforcement in all parts of the 83rd District. I intend to keep working hard to prosecute crime and protect the residents of these four counties.
I am a resident of Alpine, I grew up in Alpine where my father was a doctor for over 40 years. I will be a candidate in the March 1, 2016 Democratic primary, and in the November 2016 general election.”