Angelina chairman: Dems will be able to replace DQed candidates

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Angelina County Democratic Party will be able to replace disqualified candidates for the November general election, according to the party's chairman.

Jim Wark said the counsel for the Texas Democratic Party informed him that because the candidates disqualified themselves, the election code states the party chair may select new candidates to represent the party.

Former Democratic candidate for sheriff Jim Hodges and constable candidate William Wade were disqualified from the general election last week because they had voted in the Republican Primary. It is illegal for candidates in one party to vote in the other party's primary.

Wark said he has 70 days before the election to name new candidates. He said he has not chosen the new candidates but some have inquired about running.

The sheriff candidate will face Republican Greg Sanches in November. The candidate for constable will face the winner of a July runoff between incumbent Belton Havard and Chad Wilson.

Wark said the only people eligible as the potential candidates for the Democratic nomination must not have voted in the Republican primary nor the upcoming runoff election.

"I'm making that as clear as I can to them that those are the qualifications," Wark said.

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