Deadline looms in DA's race

January 4, 2008 10:47:13 AM PST
The search is winding down for a Republican candidate to run in the Harris County DA election. Candidates have until 6pm tonight to file. The Republican Party began their search after a separate lawsuit led to the release of intimate emails from current DA Chuck Rosenthal, to his secretary. Those emails were sent from his county email.

While Rosenthal initially said he would not run for a third term, he might not be out of the race just yet. Eyewitness News has learned that Rosenthal is considering re-entering the race for DA after withdrawing a day earlier.

Rosenthal's not alone. Others in the Harris County district attorney's office are considering jumping into the race. Mark Brown, chief prosecutor with misdemeanor court has been called a contender, though he hasn't said if he's filing for the office.

Most of the assistant district attorneys we've spoken with would like to see the next DA come from within.

Veteran prosecutor and chief of the Police Integrity Unit Joe Owmby says it's the integrity of the office that's most important. A public support of any candidate will have to wait.

"I'm going to support the candidate who will best help the office," he told us. "I don't think it's appropriate for me as an employee to support anyone right now. I work for the Harris County district attorney's office.

Longtime prosecutor Kelly Siegler filed yesterday, saying she only considered running when Rosenthal dropped out of the race. Others are expected to file before the 6pm deadline.