Candidates running for public office in Angelina County were given a chance to court the electorate Saturday night at a public forum in the Zavalla Elementary School cafeteria.
The most divisive race appeared to be the competition for the Angelina County sheriff’s job between Republican nominees Greg Sanches and Allen Hill, and Democratic nominee Jim Hodges. The race appeared to separate longtime friends, as two women were seen hugging; after one said she was for Sanches, the other woman sat down, crossed her arms and voiced her support for Hill.
Candidates were given 10 minutes to explain to the crowd their qualifications and intentions for the office and were asked to respond to a maximum of five questions from the audience.
Sanches spoke about his education and 29 years of experience with Texas Department of Public Safety and emphasized the efficient use of sheriff’s office funds. Sanches also addressed the lost property of an inmate that led to the sheriff’s office being found in contempt of court.
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