MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - Teresa Clingman has served as Midland district attorney for 8 years. In November 2015, she announced she would not seek re-election. Instead, two assistant district attorneys from her officer are vying to take her place.
Will Lundy has worked in law for 29 years, 20 of them as a felony prosecutor. He has served as an Assistant DA in Midland, Odessa, and Abilene. His campaign is built on his long line of experience.
"The key thing the DA has to do is he has to have enough judgment and good common sense to know which cases to prosecute and which cases to dismiss. The only way to know the difference between the two is to have a lot of trial experience," said Will Lundy.
Fellow candidate Laura Nodolf has worked in the midland DA office for 13 years. She serves as first assistant district attorney. In her years working at the office, she has tried over 200 jury trials in Midland. She also assisted Clingman in switching the office paperless.
"There's a difference between experience and right experience. I have the right experience to be the district attorney. You have to know more about the district attorneys office than just how to try a case. All of the attorneys in the offices can try cases, however, you also have to know the executive administrative side to the office to be able to step in," said Laura Nodolf.
Both candidates hope to run the office similar to the way Clingman did, carry on the policies she set in place and more.
"There is not a program or project that we aren't currently running right now, that I would look into doing away with," said Nodolf.
"My goal would be to not really change anything major in the DA's office. I think it runs fine. Because I worked in three or four DA's offices over the years, I know what practices and policies do and do not work," said Lundy.
Voting on Tuesday will be crucial, as there are no Democratic candidates. The final decision on the new DA will be made on Super Tuesday.