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3 Republicans take home big wins following Texas Primary Elections

Nacogdoches County has a new sheriff in town.

"It really hasn't all sunk in yet," said Nacogdoches County Sheriff elect, Jason Bridges.

In Tuesday's Texas Primary, Constable Jason Bridges garnered 1,213 more votes than incumbent, Thomas Kerss.

"It's overwhelming. I mean, it's a very humbling experience to see people come out and support you," said Bridges.

Going into this race, Bridges says defeating the incumbent would not be an easy feat. In fact, he says the last time that was done was in 1960. With a large support system backing him, Bridges hopes to retool the focus of the sheriff's office.

"We want to be more community based. We want to get out with the community more and develop those relationships," said Bridges.

Angelina County selected Greg Sanches as the Republican candidate for sheriff, by a margin of more than five thousand votes.

"People put a lot of faith and confidence in me, and I really appreciate that. And, I'm going to work hard for them," said Angelina County Sheriff Candidate, Greg Sanches.

Like Bridges, newly elected State Representative Trent Ashby also unseated his incumbent opponent.

"I was proud of the campaign that we ran. Even in the face of some mudslinging and negative campaigning that was going on," said State Representative, District 57 elect, Trent Ashby.

With the position, Ashby hopes to protect East Texas water rights and improve the public school system.

"We need to move to a system that demands accountability, but does more so in a balanced manner," said Ashby.

Ashby's ultimate goal is to let East Texans have an even louder voice in Austin. Greg Sanches will face Democrat, Jim Hodges, in the November election. Ashby and Bridges have no Democratic opponents running against them.

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