Hale County D.A.'s Race Heats Up - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/12/04

Hale County D.A.'s Race Heats Up

There's no doubt both candidates who want to represent the GOP in the Hale County D.A.'s race are passionate about the position. You have Plainview City Attorney, Wally Hatch, who says he's ready to take his career to the next step, and you have Hollis Browning, an attorney who claims his experience speaks for itself.

Browning says, "I've prosecuted literally thousands of cases. 160 that were jury trials. I've prosecuted violent criminals. I've prosecuted child abusers. I've prosecuted drug traffickers, and in a race like this, experience has to play a big part."

Browning thinks he's the right candidate for Hale County D.A. because he's tough on violent crime, worked for the Lubbock County D.A.'s office for eight years and has experience trying felony cases, something he says his opponent can't list on his resume. Browning says, "He admitted he's never tried a felony of any kind from either side of the table."

Wally Hatch claims that's not what's important. He says, "I've got a lot more administrative experience than my opponent's got and I've got a lot more current experience than my opponent's got."

Hatch also questions Hollis Browning's years away from prosecuting cases. He says, "His felony prosecuting experience is nearly 20 years old." Browning counters, "I've been practicing all along. I've just been on the other side of the table."

With the election right around the corner, both candidates are confident voters will make the right decision. Browning says, "It's important to get someone with experience in the office and I'm very hopeful we got the message out and if we did, we'll have good chance of being successful." Hatch says, "I'm confident we've done what we can to make it necessary we will win."

Whoever comes out on top in Tuesday's election will run against Democratic candidate Eric Willard in November. Willard is a private practice Plainview attorney. Republican incumbent candidate Terry McEachern was eliminated in the March primary.

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