NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The first and quite possibly the only forum for Republican candidates running for Nacogdoches County district attorney happened Monday.
A face-to-face meeting came for district attorney incumbent Nicole LoStracco and the first opponent she's had since being elected eight years ago. His name is Reynaldo "Rey" Morin, a former Assistant United States attorney
Both candidates took a break from the social media campaigning they've been actively using. Nacogdoches County Women is a group that still prefers Q & A political forums.
At first the line of questioning required only general answers. At times, LoStracco was compelled to give DA Office 101-type answers.
"Basically, a district attorney's office is usually run administratively by the district attorney, and then all the lawyers who are assistants handle the trials on the day to day basis," LoStracco said. "Because Nacogdoches County is a pretty small budget, I've taken over 25 percent of the cases."
When Morin stepped up to the podium he questioned the preparation for those cases.
"One of the first things I would implement is the manner in which cases are prepared to present to the grand jury," Morin said. "I think that is the most important part of being the leader as far as the office is concerned because that is when the case begins."
LoStracco fired back. She stated it's next to impossible to prepare up to 800 cases a year prior to a grand-jury presentation. She said her record proves preparation is best at time of trial.
"In respect to the dismissals, most of them, with the exception of 8 percent, were actually re-indictments because we were able to charge people with higher offenses and higher punishment ranges, and we were also able to send them to prison on other cases," LoStracco said.
Both candidates know the one minute they're allowed on each question provides little opportunity to answer, let alone debate. For that they send constituents to their Facebook pages.
Tonight the Democrats are offering a similar forum opportunity for Precinct 2 constable candidates.
Early voting for the March primary begins Feb. 15th.