Angelina sheriff candidate's brush with drugs catches national attention

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - One might think getting called out for a history with drugs while running for the top law enforcement position in the county would be a bad thing.

Allen Hill says it's done the opposite for him.

"I can't even keep up with requests for signs and the financing," Hill said. "People say, 'Finally somebody's gonna be honest.' They'll tell you, 'This is the way it is.' That's all they want."

After The Lufkin Daily News published a story of Hill's admitted history with drug use, Hill said he's seen his popularity skyrocket.

"I never made it a secret to hide from anybody. I want people to know. They have a right to know," he said.

The Angelina County Sheriff candidate's willingness to be open about getting caught with hash while in the Army in 1984 in Germany has drawn the attention of Comedy Central. Dan Poppy called him a "one of a kind candidate" on the website's blog.

"I laughed. You can't laugh at yourself, then who can you laugh at?" he said.

Hill said the Army punished him after he was caught with the marijuana-like substance and he hasn't touched an illegal drug since. Well, except when he's confiscating it.

"if I could go back and change it I would," he said. "But it happened, and it happened for a reason."

Now he's hoping it doesn't hurt his chances to become sheriff, so he can broaden his war on drugs.

Hill is running against former DPS Trooper Greg Sanches in the May Republican primary. The winner of that race will take over the sheriff position in 2013.

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