Republican candidate Joe Martin has received the endorsement of the Lufkin Police Association, Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches and three retired Lufkin Police Chiefs for his bid for Angelina County District Attorney.
“We believe that Joe Martin has the experience and integrity to prosecute criminals properly,” said Jerry Smith, president of Lufkin Police Association and a lieutenant with the Lufkin Police Department. “We need someone that is willing to work closely with the officers in order to better understand the details of the case. We need a District Attorney that will be accountable for his decisions. Someone that will not shy away from taking a case to court because it may be difficult to prosecute. Because we believe that Joe Martin will be that person, we are endorsing him as our candidate for the position of District Attorney for Angelina County.”
Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches has also announced his endorsement of Martin. “I have known Joe Martin for over 30 years,” he said. “He brings excellent credentials to the position of District Attorney. Joe exemplifies honesty, fairness, and a good work ethic. I confidently recommend Joe Martin for Angelina County District Attorney.”
Retired Lufkin Police Chiefs Scott Marcotte, Larry Brazil and Sherman Collins have announced their support for Martin as well.
“It is my firm belief that Joe possesses the required knowledge, skills and abilities to excel as our District Attorney,” said Marcotte. “More importantly, I know him to be fair and honest in both his personal and professional life. I know that the best interests of the citizens will be Joe’s guiding principle as our district attorney.”
Brazil announced his support, stating, “I have known Joe Martin for over 35 years. He has always conducted himself above reproach in his public and private life. I know he will be an excellent District Attorney.”
“Honesty, integrity and experience are important characteristics for a public official,” Collins said. “Joe Martin has these characteristics and that is why I support him for the office of District Attorney.”
Martin’s background in practicing law has given him a unique perspective backed by over 30 years of experience, where he worked cooperatively and as a proactive member of the justice system.
“I am so grateful to have the support of the Lufkin Police Association as I work toward becoming the next Angelina County District Attorney,” said Martin. “It has been my privilege to work with the men and women who strive to protect Lufkin and Angelina County. To receive the support from strong area leaders like Sheriff Greg Sanches, Larry Brazil, Scott Marcotte and Sherman Collins is indeed a tremendous honor.”
Martin has served in a variety of positions in the criminal justice system since beginning as an assistant county attorney in 1981. In 1986, Martin was elected County Court at Law Judge and presided over that court for the next 12 years. From 1999 through 2006, Martin engaged in the private practice of law, emphasizing criminal defense, family law and probate. In 2007, Martin joined the staff of the Polk County District Attorney, serving as the First Assistant. Over the next eight years, Martin tried approximately 65 felony jury trials, with a conviction rate of over 90%.
Martin, a long-time Lufkin resident, has been married to Carol Martin for 41 years. He is a deacon and small group Bible teacher at Harmony Hill Baptist Church. He has three adult children, Joseph, Jenny and Amy who graduated from Lufkin High School. He and Carol have four grandchildren.
For more information on the campaign, please visit www.VoteJoeMartin.com or call 936-637-2400.