A former police chief for the Robstown Police Department has announced his intention to seek the Nueces County Precinct 5 Constable’s seat for the Democratic Party.

Lt. Gilbert Gomez, who is still with the department, on Friday said he will challenge incumbent Dionicio “Don” Ysassi for the Democratic nomination in the Precinct 5 Constable race.

“I think a lot more needs to be done, not just for Robstown, but for all of Precinct 5,” Gomez said.

Gomez is one of two opponents Ysassi will be facing in next year’s Primary Election. Former chief deputy constable Frank Flores, who was defeated by Ysassi in 2008, is the incumbent’s other Democratic opponent.

Gomez said he feels the current administration has not done enough to work with other agencies in the fight against crime, adding his work with the police department, which included five years as the chief of police, will be a boost for citizens within Precinct 5. The longtime Robstown police officer has also helped the department conduct crime prevention rallies and community outreach programs.

“I think we need to be proactive instead of reactive when it comes to crime,” Gomez said. “Do whatever it takes to get the job done, and cooperation between the agencies is a necessity.”

“We can’t just allow obstacles to stand in our way,” he added. “We have to find ways around those obstacles. That’s what a good administrator does.”

The Precinct 5 Constable’s Office covers more than 300 square miles of land that stretches from Agua Dulce and Driscoll all the way back to portions of northwest Corpus Christi.