A former McLennan County treasurer is challenging the incumbent for the constable Precinct 3 seat in the Republican primary.

Danny Lee Volcik is running against incumbent David A. Maler, who has held the seat since 1994, according to Tribune-Herald archives.

Early voting runs Tuesday through March 2.

Volcik, 71, of Waco, said the main reason he is running for the seat is that residents deserve a full-time constable. Volcik said the incumbent is not accessible to residents of the precinct.

“Nobody knows what he does,” Volcik said. “Nobody can ever get ahold of him.”

Maler did not return calls for comment.

Volcik said he enjoyed his time working with the county and wants to continue to give back to the community. Volcik said it was difficult to step down as county treasurer with two years left on his term, but radiation treatments for cancer made it too difficult to work.

Volcik unseated five-term Democrat Bill Helton in the 2010 election, and Helton was reappointed to the office in September 2012 after Volcik stepped down.

Volcik, who said his dad was a constable in that precinct for five terms, said he retired from the Texas Department of Public Safety in 1995, then went to become the first chief of police for Connally Independent School District, where he worked five years.

Volcik has made several unsuccessful bids for county offices in the past 14 years, including campaigns for sheriff in 1996 and 2000, campaigns for Precinct 3 county commissioner in 2004 and 2008, and a campaign for Precinct 3 justice of the peace in 2006, according to Tribune-Herald records.

The term is also ending this year for the Precinct 1 Constable seat.

Republican incumbent Walt Strickland did not draw a primary challenger and will face Libertarian Anwar Elboustani in the November general election.

Cassie L. Smith has covered county government for the Tribune-Herald since June 2014. She previously worked as a reporter for the Beaumont Enterprise and The Eagle in Bryan-College Station. Smith graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington.

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