Austin, TX, Release: December 21, 2022 — For Immediate Release
Karnes County Sheriff Dwayne Villanueva announced he has officially switched parties and is now a Republican.
Sheriff Villanueva said “I look forward to continuing the strong tradition of excellent law enforcement in Karnes County, which requires us to come together for a common cause and seek out leaders of integrity and merit.”
Republican Party of Texas Chairman Matt Rinaldi said “I am proud to welcome Sheriff Villanueva to the Republican Party. As Democrats increasingly abandon and cripple law enforcement, it is no wonder more people are turning to the Republican party.”
Sheriff Dwayne Villanueva is the second high profile elected official to switch parties under Chairman Rinaldi’s term. State Representative Ryan Guillen changed parties to a Republican last year.
Sheriff Dwayne Villanueva started his law enforcement Career in 1993 as a jailer for the Karnes County Sheriff Office and the GEO Corporation. In 2009 was elected Constable for Precinct 3 in Karnes County before running for Sheriff in 2013. Sheriff Villanueva is in his third term as Sheriff.
Sheriff Villanueva’s has a strong track record of arrests in high-profile cases, including a serial arsonist that was responsible for over 50 fires, an escaped inmate from the private GEO jail, a drug dealer with over 7 pounds of Methamphetamine, multiple murders, including an attempted murder of a police officer, burglars in a serious home invasion case, and he arrested a local police officer who was selling narcotics on duty.
Sheriff Villanueva was born and raised in Karnes County and truly cares about this community. He hosts or sponsors the National Night Out Program, a countywide Sheriff Easter Egg Hunt, serves on the board of several Chamber of Commerce in Karnes County, as well as the Board of the Atascosa Health Clinic Board of Directors, helps as Blue Santa, and volunteers with and for many other organizations in Karnes County.