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Race for Nueces County Sheriff Heats Up

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

With just 36 days before election day, the race for Nueces County Sheriff is beginning to heat up.

That means we will be hearing more speeches, more commercials, and more finger pointing.

The Nueces County Combined Law Enforcement Association pact among several supporters at Monday's Isaac Valencia for Sheriff news conference; but perhaps the most notable endorsement came from the former executive director of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.

The riff between incumbent Sheriff Jim Kaelin and Adan Munoz has been widely publicized over accusations by the sheriff of the alleged unauthorized released jail documents by Munoz back in 2010. The matter was resolved, and Munoz says his endorsement of Valencia stands on his merits.

"It's got nothing to do about paybacks," Munoz said. "It's got nothing to do with that. I chose to let my life go on after that incident."

"One of the best things that I can say about Mr. Munoz is his recommendation about what I have done since I've been here."

Kaelin pointed out to a communication sent to him in May by Munoz after the jail's latest inspection, where Munoz gave Kaelin a certificate of compliance letter. Munoz wrote of Kaelin's "outstanding leadership and diligent work in complying with minimum jail standards;" but late Monday afternoon, Munoz said that letter was a standard was sent to all sheriff's in Texas after such inspections.

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