Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
A Tuesday afternoon altercation resulted in the arrest of a man running for public office.
Jerry Wilson, a 70-year-old man from Bridge City, is running for chairman of the Orange County Republican Party. He was arrested by the Vidor Police Department for misdemeanor assault on Tuesday afternoon.
According to Chief Dave Shows of the Vidor Police Department, a call of an assault in progress was reported at approximately 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, at the Raymond Gould Community Center on Claiborne Street in Vidor. The skirmish was already over when law enforcement arrived.
“We had a brief conversation with the combatants and it became very clear who the assailant was,” Shows said in a telephone interview. “Mr. Wilson admits to his conduct and he was taken into custody.”
The altercation was reportedly due to a personal conflict which potentially involved election signs.
Shows said the other unidentified person involved in the altercation was an “elderly man with obvious injuries” as a result of the incident.
The Raymond Gould Community Center is used regularly as a polling location for elections. It is currently being used for early voting in the March 4 Primary election.
“This is unacceptable behavior, in my opinion, and it is unfortunate that it occurred at a polling place,” Shows added.
The unidentified man’s injuries were non-life threatening and Shows said he did not immediately seek medical treatment.
David Peck, Orange County Justice of the Peace in Precinct 1, set a personal recognizance bond of $1,000 for Wilson. He was released from Orange County Jail at approximately 3:30 p.m., Tuesday.