CANDIDATES & MODERATORS

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Chad Prda

Candidate

Fmr. Detective Prda started as a clerk in 2003, rising through the ranks of the Dallas Sheriff’s Office becoming a Detective and an expert in his field of Mobile Forensics. After attending the Dallas Sheriff Academy where he graduated Valedictorian, he joined S.W.A.T., becoming a Firearms Instructor and an accomplished marksman, he developed training protocols and building searching techniques used to this day. He is an Advanced Peace Officer as well as being published in the field of mobile forensics, receiving several awards throughout his career including two meritorious conduct awards.  

Standing against the current Sheriff and the Dallas County Commissioners he obtained fair pay for employees, as well as provided over 13,000 kn95 mask for employees and inmates after the current Sheriff refused to provide lifesaving PPE to those under her care. Staying true to his moral convictions while off duty, currently he is the President of the Eagle Riders with the F.O.E. a charity responsible for donation nearly $10 million to community and nationwide organizations. 

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Ed Gonzalez

Candidate

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez is working every day to keep Harris County seniors, families and children safe. He is advancing reforms to our criminal justice system to ensure that everyone is treated equally under the law. And he is reforming the office to make it more efficient by controlling costs and eliminating waste. Before becoming Sheriff, Ed served 18 years with the Houston Police Department and three terms on Houston City Council representing District H. During that time, he was elected Mayor Pro-Tem by his peers and served as Chair of the Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee.

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Joe Danna

Candidate

Joe Danna was born, raised, educated and married in Houston, TX / Harris County. He was employed by the Harris County Constable's Office Precinct One for nearly 20 years. Growing up in the Lindale subdivision on the north-side of Harris County, Joe Danna is the second oldest to ten siblings and a 2nd generation of Danna's in Houston, Texas. He is a man from the neighborhood who learned the values of hard work and honesty at a young age. Joe has been a solid foundation for all his family, friends and his professional network for over fifty years. Joe is a dedicated Catholic who walks the walk. In 1972 Joe and Donna Rouse Danna were married in St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Harris County where they raised two daughters, and in 2008 adopted their great niece, Kailey Danna. The entire Danna Family is very proud of the commitment Joe and Donna made for the sake of Kailey.

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Mike Renck

Candidate

Mike Renck is a fourth generation Bastrop County resident and third generation law enforcement officer. He worked for two years at the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office and 21 years as a correctional officer at the Bastrop federal prison, where he faced hardened criminals daily. He retired in 2012. 

Renck earned an education degree from Texas State University and completed post-graduate work at Texas State in education and criminal justice. He received law enforcement training at the FBI National Academy in hostage negotiation. He was an instructor at the Gary Job Corps Law Enforcement and Training Academy and currently teaches at Lockhart High School.

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Vance Keyes

Candidate

Vance Keyes is the Democratic candidate for Tarrant County Sheriff 2020. A veteran of the Marine Corps, Vance’s career includes 20 years in law enforcement with the Fort Worth Police Department. He holds a PhD in Conflict Resolution and three Masters Degrees in Public Administration and Criminal Justice. Vance is running on a platform to bring accountability, transparency and compassion to TCSO. Some of his specific initiatives include decreasing incarceration rates for low-level, non-violent offenders in Tarrant County jail, establishing a Civilian Oversight Committee for the Sheriff’s Office, and ending the County’s voluntary 287g agreement with ICE. 

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Fiama Villagrana-Ocasio

Moderator

Fiama Villagrana-Ocasio is a junior Political Science major with a double minor in Spanish and Philosophy at Texas Woman’s University. She is passionate about Civic Engagement and is involved with Pioneer’s Vote as well as the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy. Through Pioneers Vote she works as an intern with the Andrew Goodman Foundation which helps fight voter suppression on college campuses. She is a 2019 member of the President’s Leadership Council, the treasurer for Ignite, an Academic Support Assistant for TWU Housing and Dining, and involved in the Touchstone Honors Program. She is Puerto Rican and Mexican, and has a strong passion in advocating for her community - so much that she participated in Alternative Spring Break last spring to volunteer in Puerto Rico and is currently applying to be a a part of Experiential Learning to research what resources exist for Latina’s to successfully navigate higher ed. This past summer she participated in protests, volunteered at food pantries, attended a Pre-Law Program with the University of Houston, and completed a training on Community Organizing with United We Dream, one of the largest immigrant led advocacy groups to learn how to be a community organizer.

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Jalen McKee-Rodriguez

Moderator

I'm Mr. Jalen McKee-Rodriguez but most students call me Mr. MR [pronounced: Mister Mister). I am a military brat so I've lived in many places, but my best memories growing up were at Moanalua High School (Honolulu, HI) and Fort Knox High School (Fort Knox, KY). I graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio, where I was a member of the Council of Student Organizations, Filipino Student Association, Spectrum (LGBTQ+ and Allies), Black Student Union, Omega Delta Phi, and the Multicultural Greek Council. This next one's a secret: I was also *whispers* the mascot, Rowdy the Roadrunner! You might find me on Tik Tok, or knocking on doors for political campaigns, or maybe painting murals around the city. I have many passions and one of my biggest passions is education. 

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