CHEROKEE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - We continue to look at big races here in East Texas as Primary Day gets closer here in Texas.
In Cherokee County, the Republican Primary race for District Attorney will be a re-match.
The incumbent Rachel Patton is running against her former boss and former District Attorney Elmer Beckworth.
Patton defeated Beckworth in the general election in 2012, however both are now running on the Republican ticket.
Both candidates said they believe their track record in the district attorney position gives them the edge.
"When I took office there were a number of cases sitting in a backlog waiting to be reviewed, so we have worked on that we have almost completely cleared up that backlog of almost 900 cases that existed," Patton explained. "We've also tried a number of cases, particularly in the case of child sexual abuse and homicide. We tried a number of those cases and have been very successful in a one hundred percent conviction rate.
"I have the experience," Beckworth said. "I've tried all sorts of cases. I'm the only candidate in the race that has successfully obtained a death penalty. In fact, I've tried cases using a close-circuit camera system for child victims and I've just tried more cases."
Both candidates have a list of goals they plan on accomplishing, should they win the election.
"I plan on bringing more fairness in the system," Beckworth said. I plan on seeking justice, getting justice for victims, getting the people who deserve a maximum sentence and getting them sent to prison. Also, in the appropriate case, I plan on seeking the death penalty."
"I am very excited to continue increasing the role of our victim's assistant coordinator," Patton said. "That's one of the new grant positions that we have. We have a full time victim's assistant coordinator and that's something this office has never had prior to when I took office.
Both candidates said the most important reason they are seeking candidacy is to be a voice for the victims and bring justice to those who harm the people of Cherokee County.
If you are registered, don't forget vote here in Texas on March 1st.