Parker County resident Joe Hobbs, 50, has announced he will file as a Republican against Larry Fowler in the race for sheriff next year.
Hobbs moved to Weatherford in 1983 and attended Weatherford High School, and said he comes from a long line of law enforcement officials.
“I’m a technician at Lockheed Martin and have been there almost 30 years. That’s been a hard job, but it’s been a great job. From the youngest time I can remember I wanted to be in law enforcement, a lot of my family is in law enforcement,” Hobbs said. “As sheriff I’m going to get the drugs out of this county, everything but [medicinal] marijuana. I have a plan to do that and I’m not saying I can guarantee it, but I can guarantee one thing, there won’t be any pedophiles in this county. They will be gone, never to be heard of again. I’m all about the children, that’s who I am.”
Hobbs said he’s all about justice, the American dream and freedom.
“My aspirations for this county are that I’m going to clean up the sheriff’s department and police department,” Hobbs said. “I know a lot of people in the sheriff’s department, so when I’m elected, 40 percent of them are fired. I’m going to interview every one of them and talk to everybody when I become sheriff.”
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said he doesn’t know Hobbs personally.
“I will say that being the sheriff of Parker County is an honor, it’s an absolute honor, and the only thing I will say, since I don’t know him, is that I hope he feels the same way,” Fowler said.
Allegations came out that Hobbs had been committed recently to Millwood Hospital for mental health services and while Hobbs didn’t deny he was there, he did deny that he was involuntarily committed.
“I wasn’t committed. Every once in a while I’ve got to put myself in the hospital because of stress, not very often, maybe once every 12 to 15 years. They can say what they want to say, but they don’t know and I’m not worried about that at all, not at all,” Hobbs said. “I put myself in there two weeks earlier, that happened, I signed myself in for stress. I checked out a few days ago and if this goes to an election, then I’ll sling mud too. I’m not a political person, but I can sling a lot more mud.”
Hobbs said besides his profession at Lockheed, he’s an artist and writer who is planning to author a book on parenting, and the greatest things in his life are his daughters. He said his favorite song is “This Cowboy’s Hat” by Chris LeDoux and favorite movie is the 1971 action/adventure “Billy Jack.”
“I have the greatest things in my life and their names are Stephanie Dawn, my daughter, and Skylar Renee, my youngest daughter,” Hobbs said.
Filing for the March 3, 2020, primary election will be held from Nov. 9 to Dec. 9 and early voting will begin on Feb. 18, 2020.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to clarify that Mr. Hobbs will be running as a Republican, as well as his stance on marijuana.