NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -
When a winner is announced in the Republican primary election for District Attorney in Nacogdoches County, the two candidates aren't the only people that will be affected.
"It's a very important race to law enforcement," explained Lt. Dan Taravella with the Nacogdoches Police Department and Nacogdoches Police Association. "Ultimately our cases go to, whoever the district attorney is and so our work is reviewed by them and their prosecutor decision affects where our case winds up."
It's the reason Nacogdoches Police Association held an open forum for incumbent Nicole LoStracco and challenger Reynaldo Morin.
"We felt these two candidates are very qualified and we wanted to learn more about them," Taravella said.
Both candidates said they certainly feel they are the most qualified when it comes to working with law enforcement.
"I have already worked with a lot of these individuals before in the U.S. Attorney's office," said Morin. "I'm looking forward to continuing that relationship and to build on that to build certain programs so we can be very affective in protecting Nacogdoches County."
"Our office has a fantastic relationship with law enforcement," said LoStracco. "We talk to them about each and every case immediately after it's been indicted by the grand jury. It's incredibly important that we always maintain that good relationship that we have them right now and this kind of event goes a long way towards doing that."
However, the forum wasn't just for voting police officers, it was for the public as well.
"They're the ones who are victims of crimes and they need to also know who their district attorney is and who's working for them when their case goes to trial," Taravella said.
Several in the community packed the Nacogdoches Annex building to ask questions and hear the candidate's plans.
"I think it's wonderful to see all these people coming out to see what they have to say and to be able to make an informed decision on their own," said LoStracco.
"I think it's great because I want people to be informed," said Morin. "I want them to make an informed decision, listening to both candidates. The greater the crowd, the better it is for Nacogdoches County."
If you are registered to vote, Election Day is Mar. 1.