PALESTINE — Incumbent Criminal District Attorney Doug Lowe said he plans to seek re-election for his fifth term in Anderson County and continue with progressive efforts he has made in the community — progress he's been building on for the past 15 years.
“It's been my pleasure to be the district attorney for those many years and an honor to serve this county, but I feel that my job is not done as district attorney,” Lowe told the Herald-Press Tuesday. “There's more work that I can do to make this county a better place. And I think that my leadership abilities, my experience at being district attorney, plus my legal experience makes me the very best choice to be district attorney the next term.”
Lowe, a graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, started working as DA in Anderson County in 1999. Since then, he has worked in a number of capacities to institute programs benefitting the county and serve with the prosecution of criminal offenses.
“We have a very busy trial schedule,” Lowe said, naming off examples of misdemeanors, DWIs, family violence cases, murder cases and more. He said the district attorney office represents and advises the Anderson County Commissioners Court, the Anderson County Bail Bond Board and the Texas Department of Family Protective Services, as well as other federal and county agencies.
“In the first six months of this year, 2013, we tried six murders to juries, and we got six guilty verdicts,” Lowe said. “I'm not aware of many other jurisdictions that — if a county were this small — that can say that they did that.”
In the coming term, Lowe said he wants to continue with efforts focusing on organized crime, “whether it's drug dealers or human trafficking cases — those cases in which it takes more than one criminal to do those things.”