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Spouse of Local Candidate Under Felony Indictment

The spouse of a candidate running for Potter County District Clerk is under indictment for felony possession of a controlled substance, court records show.

A background check of the candidates running in the March 6th Republican primary revealed that Saul Flores, Jr., husband of Crystal Flores, is currently facing proceedings in the 320th District Court for felony possession of a controlled substance. Court records show a warrant was served for Flores on December 28, 2017. Flores posted a $3,500 bond on the same day.

Flores, Jr. is the husband of Crystal Flores, an employee of the Potter County District Clerk's office, who is currently seeking the Republican nomination to succeed the retiring district clerk Caroline Woodburn. Woodburn is serving as Flores' campaign treasurer.

Crystal Flores has been a party, along with Flores, Jr., to a lawsuit filed in a Potter County prior to this event. Flores and Flores, Jr., were defendants in a lawsuit filed by Amarillo National Bank in 2006. The case received a final judgment in 2007. The couple was also listed in a 2011 bankruptcy filing, according to newspaper records.

A background check of Flores' only opponent, Republican Carley Snider, revealed no criminal records for Snider or her husband, Garry. 

According to the Texas Association of Counties, the duties of the district clerk include: securing court records, handling fees in litigation, coordinating jury selection, processing passport applications, and managing court registry funds.

Voters will decide the race for Potter County District Clerk on March 6th. No Democrats or third party candidates have filed to run, meaning that the winner of the Republican nomination will likely become the next District Clerk for the county.

Crystal Flores  Photo courtesy of the Flores Campaign

Crystal Flores

Photo courtesy of the Flores Campaign

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