LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Angelina County Democratic party chairman is looking into the possibility of selecting a new candidate for sheriff after the original nominee was disqualified from the race.
The Angelina County Democratic party has disqualified two candidates from the general election, meaning Republican candidate Greg Sanches may be the new sheriff-elect.
Party Chair Jim Wark confirmed that he disqualified Democratic candidate Jim Hodges after learning he voted in the Republican primary. Wark said later Wednesday that he may be able to replace Hodges with a new candidate.
"We are checking the legality of it as we speak," Wark said. "One source says we can, another says we can't. Now we're checking with the Democratic Party's legal counsel."
Wark also disqualified a candidate for Pct. 3 Constable, William Wade, who also voted in the Republican primary.
Wark explained Texas laws state candidates in one party are not allowed to vote in another party's election in that year.
"As one of my duties, I check each candidate to make sure they voted in the correct primary," Wark said.
Wark said he enforced the law, but does not take responsibility for the action the candidates took.
"The candidate did it to himself," Wark said. "I don't have control of what they do."
Sanches defeated Allen Hill in the May primary, setting up the match-up with Hodges. Hodges ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.
Wark said he does not believe Hodges was aware of the law.
Wark said he has begun looking into new candidates for sheriff.
Wade also ran unopposed in the Democratic primary and would have faced the winner of a run-off between incumbent Belton Havard and Chad Wilson.