SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) — Brett Smith has been Grayson County district attorney for five years, since 2018. He's running for reelection this year.

"I've been there and I've done that; I have the experience it takes to lead the office, and I lead by example every day," Smith said.

John Kermit Hill is challenging the incumbent.

"There's a lack of transparency there," he said. "Justice is supposed to be blind; it's supposed to be for everybody; it's not for somebody to help you in your political life."

Tuesday night, in the Grayson county court house, the candidates answered a series of pre-determined questions at a public forum.

"I've been at 12 major crime scenes — whether it's 2 in the morning or 2 on a Saturday... when law enforcement calls me, I'm there," Smith said.

They discussed making plea deals.

"We have thousands of criminal cases pending in Grayson County; only 400 people in our jail right now,"  Smith said.

"My commitment is to take cases to the grand jury when they need to be taken," Hill pledged.

And the candidates spoke of the day-to-day tasks of a district attorney.

"The office of the DA is not just to prosecute cases, but to manage a team... give them leadership... enable them," Hill said.

Smith and Hill will be on the ballot in the March 5 primary election.