A rare third election will be held in the Republican Primary for Hockley County Sheriff later this month. After a runoff recount was invalidated by Judge Ruben Reyes, Sheriff Paul Scarborough will be challenged again by R.C. Cheek on September 18.

Yesterday, former Lubbock County Sheriff, and current Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles member, David Gutierrez announced his endorsement of Paul Scarborough.

Gutierrez cited Scarborough’s leadership skills, administrative skills and integrity in making the endorsement.

Early voting for the special election for the Republican Runoff for Hockley County Sheriff runs from September 10-14.

KFYO News will have coverage of the special election on September 18 online at KFYO.com

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The full text of David Gutierrez's (pictured, right) endorsement is shown below:

Many of you know me as the former Sheriff of Lubbock County, Sheriff David Gutierrez. I was privileged to hold this position for 11 years.

I was honored to have during my tenure your current Sheriff, Paul Scarborough as my Chief Deputy. We worked side by side for more than a decade with a singleness of purpose, to make the Lubbock County Sheriff Department one of the best in Texas.

Paul Scarborough’s natural leadership skills, his administrative ability and his absolute Integrity were instrumental in our success.

Let there be no doubt, my confidence in Paul Scarborough is unquestionable.

Today I am asking you the Citizens of Hockley County to “Vote” for Sheriff Paul Scarborough to retain him in his current office as the Hockley County Sheriff.

Without any reservation I give my Endorsement and highest recommendation to Sheriff Paul Scarborough.

David Gutierrez

Former, Lubbock County Sheriff
1998-2009