We have good news and bad news.  The good news is that the state party primaries have finally come and gone.  We now know what the November general election ballot will look like, and that's the bad news. We can also look forward to five more months of relentless and sometimes nasty campaigning.


Angelinos and others in the six counties in State House District 57 decided to send Lufkin businessman and LISD School Board President Trent Ashby to the Texas House of Representatives, and to bring incumbent Rep. Marva Beck home after just one term.

Both Angelina and Nacogdoches Counties will have new sheriffs in town come January. Nacogdoches County Republicans chose County Constable Jason Bridges over incumbent Sheriff Thomas Kerss.  Bridges will be unopposed in November.

Angelina County voters narrowed the race for County Sheriff to Democrat Jim Hodges and Republican Greg Sanches.  The winner will replace retiring Sheriff Kent Henson.

You can see complete returns for Angelina, Nacogdoches and other neighboring counties at:

Kerss out, Bridges in; Sanches beats Hill - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas.

The photo at the top of this story is a perfect illustration of this year's primaries.  It shows four voting booths, but only one voter. 26 percent of eligible Angelina County voters bothered to vote.  One in four.  Similar percentages were reported all over the state.

Turn that statistic around for an even more pessimistic view, and message. It shows three out of every four eligible voters don't care who governs them. That apathetic attitude does not bode well for our democratic republic form of government.