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Oscar Ugarte

As a qualified candidate for Sheriff, I am here to serve the community of El Paso with my experience and knowledge. I have been working in law enforcement for over 20 years and have a great understanding of the complexities of the job. My focus is on making sure taxpayer resources are efficiently used and on addressing mental health in policing.

I am dedicated to the safety and well-being of the people of El Paso, and will use my experience to ensure that justice is served. I am excited to be running for Sheriff and look forward to making a difference in our community.

Transparency  •  20+ Years Experience  •  Community Approach to Policing

It's time for a progressive visionary leader who possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience and is eager to serve our community.
A new generation of leadership with fresh perspectives.





I'm committed to providing transparent and fair policing in our community by ensuring we operate truthfully, making our policies and procedures available to the public, and engaging in open dialogue with our citizens so our community understands the operations of the department.



I'm dedicated to making our county safer and more efficient. With 20 years of experience in law enforcement, I'm the only candidate who has experience running a department, and I'm the only candidate who has been elected by voters and been responsive to constituents in an elected position.


Community Policing

 I will commit to providing a safe, secure environment for our citizens. My department will build relationships with the community and involve them in the policing process. By working together, we can all make a positive difference in El Paso.

Civilian Social Services Unit:

A new approach to solving social challenges.

The establishment of the Civilian Social Services Unit within the Sheriff's Office is a dedicated initiative to addressing pressing social issues within our community. Our primary focus areas include mental health, homelessness, food insecurity, and supporting troubled youth. Through proactive outreach, connecting individuals to assistance programs, conducting follow-ups after law enforcement encounters, and serving as a reliable support system, we aim to make a meaningful impact on the lives of our fellow community members.

At the heart of our mission is the belief that everyone deserves access to the resources and support necessary for their well-being and success, regardless of their background or circumstances. By working collaboratively with local agencies, organizations, and community members, we can create a caring network that supports those in need and helps build a stronger, more inclusive community.

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Veronica Escobar

"I first came to know Constable Ugarte while I was County Judge and saw firsthand how innovative, thoughtful, and committed he was. He is a strong law enforcement leader, very focused on engaging with the community, and a talented professional."
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Senator Cesar Blanco

"With his goals of a social services unit, transparent policing, and a gun buyback program, it’s clear to me that Oscar Ugarte has the vision necessary to be our next Sheriff. With two decades of law enforcement experience, and managing his own department as Constable, I’m confident Oscar will be an incredible leader for the Sheriff’s department."

Mayor Oscar Leeser

"I've had the privilege of working alongside Oscar Ugarte and his integrity and dedication to public service are why I'm fully endorsing him for Sheriff. I know the Sheriff's Department will be in capable hands with Oscar as Sheriff and I look forward to his transformative ideas that will help make our community safe."

Rep. Joe Moody

"I think he’ll invest in the kind of community-oriented policing we need and make partners of the people he deserves. Oscar is also levelheaded and humble, so I think he’ll bring leadership and management to the office that his deputies and other law enforcement agencies will respect and respond to."
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Rep. Lina Ortega

"Oscar has been a friend for several years. He is a warm and level-headed individual and a true public servant. He is deliberate and thoughtful before he acts. He's a good listener and will make sound decisions in times of crisis. He is the kind of person who I want to be leading our local Sheriff's office."
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Rep. Chris Canales

""Modern law enforcement demands innovative approaches and a true focus on bettering the community, and Oscar Ugarte understands that better than anyone. In addition to his impressive array of law enforcement experience, Oscar will bring much needed heart and humanity to the Sheriff’s Office.""


David Stout

Oscar is level-headed, community oriented and passionate about serving all El Pasoans, not just a select few. He has an eye for equity and is the only candidate in this race who has run his own County department. He understands administration, budgets, and above all, he understands the wants and needs of residents. Oscar is my choice in this race, and should be yours too!

Former State

Sen. Jose Rodriguez

"With 20 years experience in law enforcement, Oscar has the knowledge, vision, and commitment to develop our Sheriff’s Department into a modern, progressive agency focused on public safety through community policing, community involvement, and innovative initiatives like his Civilian Social Services Unit. Finally, a Sheriff for our times!"

Former Congressman

Beto O'Rourke

"I am endorsing Oscar Ugarte for 
El Paso County Sheriff. Oscar has dedicated his career to public service and the safety of this community, and he will lead the Sheriff's office with compassion and integrity. I hope you’ll join me in supporting him."

Ramona "Monchi" de la Paz Torres,

Chair, Precinct 70

"As Constable, Oscar has proven to be an efficient and effective leader. With the essential leadership skills and experience, he is well-suited to become the next El Paso County Sheriff. Oscar stands out as the sole candidate with a proven track record as a genuine Democratic leader, earning my complete endorsement."

Fainot Pierre,

Chair, Precinct 186 

"I am pleased to endorse Oscar Ugarte for El Paso County Sheriff. I know he has close to his heart the safety and well-being of our community. That said, it is important to vote our values. As the Democratic Pct. Chair for Pct. 186, I firmly believe that my friend Oscar Ugarte has the experience needed for the job, and the right temperament to lead the County Sheriff’s office. I urge everyone to vote for Oscar Ugarte for El Paso County Sheriff."

Eduardo Chavez

Board President, San Elizario

"Oscar Ugarte is the right choice for El Paso. A compassionate public servant who is wholeheartedly devoted to improving public safety through meaningful community engagement."

Gun Buy Back Program

It's time to create a gun buyback program in El Paso County.


As your Sheriff, I will work on creating a buyback program for El Paso County, and committ to uniting with local leaders, businesses, and non-profit organizations to establish a dedicated fund for this crucial program. This initiative will allow individuals to voluntarily and safely surrender firearms no longer wanted or needed.  This effort reduces gun violence by limiting access to firearms that may be used in criminal activities or unintentional incidents.

Gun buy back programs have been tremendously successful in other communities

By fostering an understanding of responsible firearm ownership and usage, we can help prevent tragic incidents and promote a culture of safety. As your Sheriff, I'll launch this much-needed program right here in El Paso.


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