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Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls Won’t Seek Re-Election For Third Term

In 2017, Nehls considered running for Congress but he ultimately decided not to challenge Republican incumbent Congressman Pete Olson.

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls.

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls announced on Wednesday he won’t seek re-election for a third term in 2020.

Nehls was elected sheriff in 2012. Before that, he served two terms as constable for Precinct 4 in Fort Bend County. Nehls has over 24 years of experience in law enforcement, according to a news release from his office.

The news release said during Nehls’ time in office, the county has seen a 65 percent reduction in residential burglaries. 

In 2017, Nehls considered running for Congress but ultimately decided not to challenge Republican incumbent Congressman Pete Olson. Nehls said at the time he was leaving the door open to a run for higher office.

That same year, Nehls was also in the news because of the arrest of Karen Fonseca, a Fort Bend County resident who displayed a message containing an  expletive against President Donald Trump and his supporters on her truck.

Nehls posted a photo of the truck on Facebook in an effort to identify the driver after receiving complaints. Sheriff’s deputies arrested Fonseca on an unrelated warrant but later released her.

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