Fifty-eight-year-old Alfonso Campos has spent much of his career working for the government.

Now he wants to use that experience by becoming the next Erath County judge.

Campos decided to run for office after County Judge Tab Thompson announced that he would not seek re-election in 2018 after nearly 24 years on the job.

“This is an opportunity,” Campos said Monday during an interview with the E-T.  “You can’t be looking to become an elected official, it has to happen.”

Campos and his family moved to Erath County from Central Mexico in 1966.

“We landed at the Fambrough Ranch,” Campos said. “Mr. Fambrough told my dad he would help the family come over if he would go to work for him.”

So at the young age of seven, Alfonso was enrolled in Huckabay ISD.

“Mrs. Fambrough drove us to school and told Mr. (Les) Gandy who was the superintendent at the time that we didn’t know a lick of English and he said, ‘That’s ok, we’ll take care of him.’”

Now, all these years later, Gandy is serving as Campos’ treasurer.

Campos says he knows the ins-and-outs of county government.

He is currently the department head of pre-trial services for Erath County, a position he has held for the past five years.

Prior to that he served as justice of the peace in Caldwell County and worked for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department as chief of marine enforcement, lieutenant instructor and field game warden.

He also holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and teacher certification from Tarleton State University.

He and Connie, his wife of 28 years, have three kids.

“The county judge’s office is the face of Erath County,” Campos said. “They must run their business in a respectable manner - transparency is very important. 

“Public service appeals to me and I think I have some experience to offer. I am presenting that to the public and hope they agree.”