By Michael Sudhalter
Fort Bend Precinct 2 Constable Ruben Davis will run for a sixth term next year and he’ll face a familiar opponent in the Democratic Party Primary on March 1.
Davis, who was first elected in 1996, will face Missouri City Police Sgt. Daryl Smith, whom he defeated 55 percent (2,867 votes) to 45 percent (2,330 votes) in the May 2012 Primary.
Davis, a retired Houston Police Department Senior Supervisor, said he wants to continue building “programs that help people” and is proud of the work that he’s done to help the community, especially youth.
As the incumbent, Davis has the support and endorsements of most of the elected Democrats in the County.
The 2012 campaign was especially contentious on both sides – often on social media.
A Facebook photo of Smith was posted, erroneously stating that he’d been arrested by his own department. Smith has worked for Missouri City PD for 24.5 years.
And there was a YouTube video of Davis and Smith arguing while Davis’ campaign volunteers put up campaign signs.
Smith accused Davis of pulling a gun on him, and City of Houston Police officers were called to the scene. But those officers didn’t find any wrongdoing.
Now, Davis is saying that he’s filed open records requests with MCPD to determine if Smith campaigned while on duty ‚Äì an accusation that Smith vehemently denies.
“I’m not going to entertain false accusations,” Smith said. “I took the entire month off when I ran last time. I’m not running against a person – I’m running for a position. May the best candidate win.”
After the 2012 campaign, Davis filed complaints with local, state and federal employees regarding Smith’s campaigning, but nothing came of those complaints.
There were some reports that Smith would have to resign from MCPD in order to run for Constable, but he said he’s remaining with the department.
Smith said that he believes he can bring more programs to the citizens of Precinct 2 and better utilize the Precinct 2 staff.
He is confident that voter turnout will be higher—considering that March 1 will coincide with the 2016 Presidential primaries.