Former Zavalla officer applies for sheriff candidacy

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A former Zavalla Police officer has filled out an application to be considered as a candidate in the Angelina County Sheriff's race.

Democratic Party Chairman Jim Wark said Thomas Stewart filed the application on June 20.

The application only means Stewart will be considered to be the party's nominee for the November general election. Wark said a party board will select candidates for that position and the Pct. 3 constable position on Aug. 20.

Nobody has applied to run for the constable position, Wark said.

If there is a Democratic nominee for sheriff, they will face Republican nominee Greg Sanches in the November election.

Stewart worked as recently as November 2011 with Zavalla Police, according to other media reports. The Palestine Herald reported that he had applied for a police chief position there.

Calls to the City of Zavalla for comment on Stewart's tenure with the department were not immediately returned on Monday.

The Democratic Party is looking for candidates in those positions after Wark learned the previous nominees, Jim Hodges and William Wade, had voted in the Republican primaries, a violation of the election code.

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