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02/19/08 - Angelina County

The Race for Sheriff

by Jessica Cervantez

Dozens of Homer community members attended Tuesday night's crime watch meeting and forum at Bald Hill Baptist Church.  Each of them looking for answers on crime.

Trent Burfine, a candidate who is running for sheriff, said, "Here specifically to talk about Homer crime watch and how law enforcement works together with crime watches.  I'm going to show some examples of how Lufkin police has worked with neighborhood associations and the success of that."

Kent Henson has been the Angelina County sheriff for 12 years and he says he has another 12-years left in him.

Henson said, "Like I promised them when I started hard work and honesty are the only things I can stand by.  I work hard and I'm honest, and I'm supported by family."

The campaign took an ugly turn last month, after Burfine's website showed pictures of what he called the sheriff's mishandling of the Candice Alexander case.

Sheriff Henson said, "I answered it in time.  We all worked together in the case, it's not uncommon for us to have different agencies to work the case, and we will continue to do that.  And, like I've told everyone, no I didn't mess the case up."

Burfine said, "What I wanted to do is expand to Angelina County the proactive measures that should've been there all along."

But, Tuesday night their focus was, not on a specific case, but a specific community, as they told voters how they can help decrease burglaries, theft, and racing in Homer.

Early voting began Tuesday, and will last until the 29th. You can vote in the primary on March 4th.
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