LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Citing a desire to spend more time with family, Angelina County District Attorney Art Bauereiss announced Thursday he will not seek re-election.
"I am honored to have served the citizens of Angelina County as a felony prosecutor for almost 30 years," Bauereiss said. "About a year ago my wife and I began talking about our future together. Back then, we decided to spend more time with our children and grandson, travel, and explore new horizons. After careful consideration, I realized then that the time to do those things would soon approach, and made up my mind some time ago that I would not file for re-election as district attorney but would instead retire at the end of this term."
Former County Court-at-Law Judge Joe Martin has filed for the position. Bauereiss offered his endorsement for his first assistant district attorney, Katrina Carswell.
"She is more than capable of handling the important duties of the office, is ethical, and is of outstanding character," Bauereiss said. "She will be a fine district attorney for our wonderful county."
Bauereiss said he wanted to publicly thank his staff, including office manager Marilyn Powell, Investigator Lacey Summers and administrative assistants Stacy Richardson, Samantha Gentry and Wanda Briley. He also recognized assistant prosecutors Carswell, April Ayers-Perez, Sandra Martin, Scott Greenbaum and Deborah Moore.