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Benedetto, Zubras running for Rockwall Co. Constable District 1

ROCKWALL – Long-time Rockwall businessman and Police Academy graduate John Benedetto (left photo) is running against long-time northeast Texas businessman and volunteer Denton County Deputy Constable Vince Zubras in the May 29 election for Rockwall County Constable District 1.

Constables have all the enforcement powers of Texas peace officers and are sometimes referred to as the executive officers of the Justice Of The Peace courts. Their responsibilities include:

  • Subpoenaing witnesses
  • Serving as Bailiffs
  • Executing judgments
  • Serving and processing court paperwork
  • Arresting criminal court warrant offenders
  • Seizing persons under civil court custodial “attachment” orders

Constables are involved in the overall effort to reduce the effects of crime in their communities and may assist county and district courts. They may perform patrol functions, write tickets, make criminal investigations and execute truancy programs.

Benedetto has been a successful businessman in Rockwall for 29 years, owning & operating air conditioning and home-building companies – with homes in Buffalo Creek and The Shores. He also built and operated one of the largest child care facilities in North Texas with enrollment of 300-plus children, Stonebrook Learning Center in Royse City.

But he told TheRockwallNews.com that he’s running for Constable because he’s always wanted to become a law enforcement officer.

“It has always been in my blood,” he said.

From a family of law enforcement officers, he explained his father was a Dallas police reservist and his two uncles served as Dallas County deputy constables in the 1960s and ‘70s. His oldest son, Jason, is currently a detective in Hutchins TX.

Benedetto explained he had initially hoped to have a career as a Dallas policeman but, since he’s under six feet tall, he was considered too short when he applied, so he started his own businesses instead.

Bendetto said he has currently passed all requirements to be commissioned as a Texas Peace Officer and is up-to-date with all current laws.

Stating that he is not a politician, he said he feels uniquely qualified for this position because he resides in the community, is involved in all areas – including business, church and many projects for its betterment- plus has the people skills and the strong work ethic that’s needed. He said he looks forward to becoming constable because he wants to help Rockwall County continue to be the great place to live and work that it has been for so many years.

Benedetto said that he and his wife of 37 years, Pam, decided to make the Rockwall County their home in1983 because of the area’s conservative, patriotic, family values which they share. She owns and operates Healthy Solutions Weight Loss Center in Rockwall.

He said he is a Member of the Rockwall County Republican Men’s Club, Royse City Chamber Events, Royse City Early Bird Rotary Club, and as served on the Board of Directors for the Rockwall First United Methodist Church, where he and his wife attend.  He has helped construct homes locally for Habitat For Humanity.

He said he was also a member of the McClendon-Chisholm Planning and Zoning, and president for four consecutive years of the Rockwall High School Band Boosters.

For more info about Benedetto, see:  http://www.constablejohn.com

Zubras is the owner of two businesses. As a contract paralegal, civil litigation assistant and civil process server, he has owned and operated Texas Court Process Service across northeast Texas for over 20 years. He said many of his clients are attorneys with small firms. As the owner of Ear Blok Hearing Protection and Audiometric Consulting, he is a hearing technician who manufactures silicone-molded hearing protection for hunting and shooting sports and commercial industries.

For the past two years he has served as a volunteer, part-time, reserve deputy constable (8-16 hours per month) in Denton Co. District 2. He’s also served as a volunteer peace officer for over 20 years for Dallas and Denton Counties, plus DeSoto and Carrollton.

He served in paid positions as a deputy constable in Denton County and for the University Park Police from 1980-84.

He ran twice unsuccessfully for Dallas County Constable in 2002 and 2006.

According to his website, he is a member of several law enforcement organizations and held the position of Law Enforcement Committee chairman on the 2011 Rockwall Five-Year Strategic Planning Committee. He said he has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas-Denton (2004), and has taken graduate school Criminal Justice classes at UNT.

Zubras told TheRockwallNews.com that he has lived with his daughter and family in Rockwall since 2010, after living in Dallas for many years.

He said he has been involved in Republican Party politics in Dallas County and at the District and State Convention levels since 1980, including as a multi-year Precinct Chair. He said he has been a member of the Rockwall County Republican Men’s Club for the past two years and worked on campaigns locally for others.

His website reads that he is the founder and immediate past senior administrator of the North American branch of the Christian charitable organization, OPCCTS – Knights Templar of North America, and has been a volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Northeast Texas Chapter since the mid-1980’s.

For more info about Zubras, see:  http://www.rockwallconstable.com

Early voting for Rockwall County races continues from May 14-25.

For more info, see the Rockwall County Elections website.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher

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