SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Now that the contentious primary race for Smith County District Attorney has come to a close, Jacob Putman, the republican nominee, tells us he is focused on achieving a smooth transition in the District Attorney's office.
No democrat filed to run against Putman in the general election. Candidates have until August to file to run as an independent in the general election.
As a current Assistant District Attorney, Jacob Putman says each day in the office is preparation for what's to come.
"Over the next nine months I'm going to keep doing the job I've been doing for the tax payers," says Putman. "I actually picked a jury on Monday before election day, and we'll keep going in our trial today and tomorrow."
Putman says he'll also be working closely with the current District Attorney, Matt Bingham, to ensure a smooth transition.
"Some cases obviously will carry over from this year to next year to make sure we have continuity there, and that everybody is prepared for the changes that are coming in January," says Putman.
The Smith County District Attorney race wasn't without controversy, but Putman says he hopes his actions will speak louder than words.
"I think what's important now is to do the job," says Putman. "I want people to see, all the voters to see, that we're going to work hard for them to keep everybody safe."
Putman garnered almost 13,000 votes, topping his opponent Alicia Barkley, and while he says he's thankful for his supporters, he has a message for those who did not vote for him.
"I want everyone in Smith County to know whether they voted for me or against me, or didn't vote at all, I'm going to work hard for all of them," says Putman. "I want everyone to be treated equally."
Putman is already working on his vision for the district attorney's office. He says he plans to work on improving prosecutor retention and holding monthly meetings with the heads of law enforcement around the county.
If the ballot stays as is, Putman, will step into the office in January.
In a statement, current Smith County District Attorney Matt Binghman said he will work with Putman over the next nine months to make sure the transition goes as smoothly as possible for him, victims of crimes, law enforcement, and the citizens of Smith County.