Retired Odessa Police Lieutenant Ron Hughes has announced his candidacy in the March 2022 Republican Primary for the office of Ector County Justice of the Peace in Precinct 2, filing his application for place on the ballot earlier this week.

According to a campaign press release, Hughes had a 34-year career at the Odessa Police Department, having worked in or oversaw nearly every division and unit within the department during his time, and retired holding the rank of Lieutenant.

Hughes is married to his wife Vicki of 34 years and has two adult children, and two grandchildren.

A life-long native Odessan, Hughes has attended Odessa College and held a master peace officers license.

Hughes included the following statement regarding his candidacy:

“I believe my extensive professional career in law enforcement over multiple decades as a police officer for the Odessa Police Department has prepared me with a series of skills that have uniquely qualified me for this office. As a peace officer, I understand issues that may seem trivial to others are of deep concern to individual citizens. The Justice of the Peace is a court that hears issues that are of major importance to every citizen who comes before the court, and my experience has prepared me to bring a steady, attentive, and reasoned approach to the business of this office, as well as unmatched front-line experience with the law.”

Hughes’s candidacy brings the total number of candidates seeking the Republican nomination to three so far, joining fellow challenger Cynthia Moreno and incumbent Judge Missi Walden in running for the position.

The filing deadline for the March 2022 Republican Primary ends December 13.