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McLennan County sheriff announces plan to run for another term

Posted at 1:12 PM, Feb 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-01 17:59:04-05

On Thursday, McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara announced he will run for another term at the McLennan County Republic Club Lunch meeting.

"With your support, we are going to keep the heat turned up and the hammer down on the criminals, McNamara told the large crowd at Knox Hall.

McNamara, who is a retired U.S. Marshal, became sheriff in 2013.

"I committed to run as long as I can possibly run. As long as my health holds up and as long as the people of McLennan County want me. I'm going to be there fighting for them" McNamara said.

He said his office has been cracking down on sex and labor trafficking since 2014 with stings and raids. UnBound, a nonprofit combating human trafficking, has worked together to support the victims in this cases.

"Will we ever get rid of all of them? No, we won't. But we are going to get rid of them of we possibly can. We are not going to let up on them," McNamara said.

Esther Ochoa Allen who attends the lunch meetings often said she appreciates the efforts of the sheriff's office.

"It needs to be controlled and stopped. Children are involved. It must be stopped," Ochoa Allen said.

The sheriff who is running for a third term in office said his team will continue looking into unsolved murders across McLennan County. The Cold Case Unit started last year has solved two cases thus far.

"We are going to be looking into this horrible, horrible, murders homicides. I can't stand with the fact of these people getting away with murder and this people have," McNamara said.

Some of his supporters, including Bob Coleman, looks forward to having him serve for even longer.

"I want to vote for the person who is going to get things done for the community or for America. I don't care if they are Republican. I don't care if they are Democrat. I want to vote for the person who is getting things done. That's why I'm voting for Parnell," Coleman said.

No other Republican or Democratic candidates have announced bids for the 2020 election.