Aleman wins Democratic nomination for Calhoun sheriff
PORT LAVACA - After a tight race, George Aleman secured the Democratic nomination in his bid to become Calhoun County sheriff.
"This whole community came together to get me elected. It feels fantastic," he said.
Aleman defeated opponent Mark Daigle by a vote of 1,228 to 1,125 in the Democratic primary on Tuesday.
Aleman, who has been in law enforcement for 37 years, decided to run for sheriff after learning that longtime Sheriff B.B. Browning was not seeking another term.
"People had been after me for eight years to run, and, out of respect for my boss I never did, but when I heard he was retiring, I knew it was time," he said.
Aleman spent the night ahead of Daigle by only a handful of votes. He began thanking his supporters the moment he knew he had won.
"It was nerve-wracking. I knew it was going to be close," he said.
Aleman is already gearing up to run against Republican candidate Troy Baxter in the election in November.
"Hopefully, we'll win the general election too. That's where we go from here," he said.