Weatherford Democrat

January 30, 2014

Johnson seeks second term as Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace


Weatherford Democrat

— Lynn Marie Johnson, Justice of the Peace for Precinct 4, has filed for re-election on the March 4 Republican primary ballot.

Johnson is opposed by Bernard R. Suchocki in the March 4 Parker County Republican primary. There is no Democratic opponent. Early voting begins Feb. 18.

“I’ve really enjoyed serving my community and have worked very hard to make the court reflect my values of personal integrity and fiscal responsibility,” Johnson said.

Johnson is a Christian conservative, a 22-year resident of Parker County and a practicing attorney for 29 years. She and her husband, Ed Huddleston, an attorney and former teacher, coach and school board trustee, have been married for 22 years. They have four children – Kendall (19), Kallyn (17), Cameron (14) and Cheney Huddleston (12).

Since her election three years ago, Johnson said she has resolved more than 15,300 criminal and 770 civil cases; presided at more than than 350 trials; magistrated more than 1,000 criminal defendants and issued more than 2,150 arrest warrants.

In addition, she claims to have increased revenues by 30 percent; revitalized teen court involving more than 200 high school students; developed content for the county’s new website to inform litigants about the court; eliminated a large backlog of criminal and civil cases; revamped the court’s security and technology systems; redrafted and updated the court’s orders, writs, citations and other official documents; instituted bond forfeiture proceedings; participated in the selection of the county’s new software system; and operated her court under budget.

Johnson also notes she facilitated the hiring of a company to collect delinquent fines at no cost to the county. Previous methods relied upon by the county were inadequate, prompting Johnson to take a more proactive approach, she said.

“There are thousands of dollars in unpaid fines from the 1990s through the present,” Johnson said. “Payment of these unpaid fines would help defray the county’s expenses and reduce the tax burden on the citizens of Parker County.”

Johnson said she is the only Parker County justice of the peace who can order a blood draw on a felony DWI offense.

“The position requires a level head, careful analysis, and attention to the balance between public safety and individual rights,” Johnson explains.

In addition to her elected position, Johnson volunteers with Parker County Teen Court, Aledo AdvoCats, Shattered Dreams, Project Celebration, Aledo ISD athletics and other Parker County nonprofits and assists her husband in the operation of their East Texas cattle ranch.