POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - It's election season and the race for Polk County Sheriff is heating up.
Sheriff Kenneth Hammack has been in the position for almost 12 years now and feels that his background in law enforcement has helped him get to this point.
"I've had 44 years of law enforcement and 31 of those years being with the Texas Department of Public Safety, and I was a Texas Ranger for 10 and a half." Hammack said.
Hammack was elected as sheriff and took office in 2005, and he said he feels that he has a great relationship with the people within the community.
He's also worked hard to back his employees.
"I think our folks are treated fairly here. I work diligently to try and get raises for the folks, but the monetary restraints we have on the budget have made them almost impossible to get." Hammack said.
Hammack's opponent Bobby Watson feels that it's time for a change.
"There's so much more that a person elected to an office, any office can bring to the table for their community." Watson said.
Watson has 12years of law enforcement experience and six years of correctional officer experience.
"I'm just trying to give the people of Polk County the protection that they need." Watson said.
Each candidate elaborated on why he is the better person for the job.
"I have a bigger heart, the bigger desire to make a difference. I've been in Polk County all of my life, so I tell people I'm invested here. I could have gone anywhere in the state of Texas and been a law man, but I got into the profession of being a law officer to be an asset to my county." Watson said.
"The overwhelming experience that I have, the integrity that I have, and the ability to hold my folks accountable and hold myself accountable for what's done and what's not done." Hammack said.
Early voting ends on October 4th, and Election Day is on November 8th with the polls open from 7 a.m. to 7p.m.