John Banks is running as a Republican candidate for constable of Precinct 1.

Banks is retired from the state of Texas, having worked as an LVN and a safety officer. He has been a volunteer fireman for the Rusk Volunteer Fire Department for approximately 28 years and a reserve officer for the city of Rusk for approximately 18 years. He has been a licensed water operator for approximately 25 years.

He has lived in the Rusk area his entire life. Banks has two daughters and seven grandchildren, and attends Bethel United Methodist Church, where he is a co-Sunday school teacher.

“My children were raised in church, where I went with them, and they were taught to say no to drugs and have never been in trouble,” Banks said.

Banks said he had an interest in serving as constable for many years because he felt citizens had not been “getting their money’s worth” from prior constables.

“I want to be seen in the community and assist other law enforcement agencies,” Banks said. “I don’t feel that a constable should only work 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., off on the weekends and all holidays. I think for a constable to serve the community, he must be out at different hours.

“Aside from being a permanent licensed peace officer, much of my life has been spent serving and helping my community for little or no pay.”

In January, former Pct. 3 constable Randy Thompson was arrested for possessing and distributing components of methamphetamine without authorization.

“There has been much publicity regarding constables in Cherokee County in the past, and more recently as well,” Banks said. “I understand what is required of a constable and am willing to meet all requirements, plus try to bring the constable’s office back into a more favorable light by doing more community service than the Precinct 1 constable has done in many years.”

Banks will face incumbent Lynn Kelley in the primary, where the winner of this race will be decided. No Democratic candidates are seeking the position.

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