Candidate Profiles: Bowie County Sheriff's race

Published: Feb. 27, 2016 at 12:34 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 26, 2016 at 11:35 AM CDT
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BOWIE COUNTY, TX (KSLA) - The countdown to Super Tuesday is on in Arkansas and Texas. One of the races voters will decide on in the Lone Star State is for Sheriff in Bowie County.

The two men running for the position are incumbent Sheriff James Prince and political new comer Jay Womack.

Prince has served as sheriff of Bowie County for the past 4 terms. He says he has been in law enforcement for 45 years, including 11 years in the U.S. Air Force.

"When I took office, people told me they wanted a sheriff that was available. And I have made a strong point to make myself available to all citizens of Bowie County," says Prince.

Sheriff Prince said over the past 10 years, there is only one unsolved homicide under his administration. Prince says he believes his office will eventually solve the case.

"I think that is a very good record," he says, "We've had a lot of tough murders to work on."

Challenging Sheriff Prince is Jay Womack, who says he has 30 years of law enforcement experience.

Before retiring, Womack spent the last 13 years as a Texas Ranger. He says security for area schools and the county courthouse is among his priorities.

"We are going to start working with the school officials trying to come up with programs to protect our students and teachers," says Womack.

Womack says he has no experience as a manager, but feels his experience as an investigator will help him manage the sheriff's department.

"I believe everything else will come," he says, "I've got a lot of people to call if I have a question."

Texas voters can cast their ballots March 1. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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