Weatherford Democrat

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February 26, 2014

Meet the March 4 primary election candidates: Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace

Name: Lynn Marie Johnson

Age: 54

Occupation: Justice of the Peace, Pct. 4, since 2011

Family: Married to Ed Huddleston for 22 years. Four daughters: Kendall (19, petroleum engineering major at UT-Austin), Kallyn (17), Cameron (14) and Cheney (12).

Educational background: Graduated in 1984 with a law degree from the University of Minnesota; B.A. from Concordia College with degrees in Communications, Business Administration and Psychology.

Professional affiliations or memberships: Texas Justice Court Judges Association,Texas State Bar Association, Parker County Bar Association, Tarrant County Bar Association, East Parker County Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Business Alliance of Parker County, Bush Legacy Republican Women of Weatherford, Parker County Republican Women, Parker County Republican Party.

Community involvement: Aledo Children’s AdvoCats (2001 to present, serving as president for two years and director for nine years); Shattered Dreams (2008 to present); Project Celebration (2012 co-chair, 2014, 2017 and president of Project Celebration Inc.); Parker County Teen Court (founding member and volunteer from 2006 to present); BearCat Park; Aledo PTO (1999 to present); Aledo athletics (2008 to present).

What will be your top three priorities if elected justice of the peace and what steps will you take to achieve those goals?

My priorities in 2010 were: (1) compliance with the law and judicial ethics; (2) fiscal responsibility; and (3) personal responsibility. These remain my priorities today.  

(1) Compliance with the law and judicial ethics. I do not legislate from the bench. I listen to the facts presented, elicit testimony from the parties when needed and rule according to the law. Judges are not elected to make the law; they are elected to follow the law.

(2) Fiscal responsibility. I manage my court like a business employing talented people, managing and training staff, staying under budget, complying with collection practices required by statute, maximizing efficiency and productivity, utilizing technology, providing good customer service, increasing hours open to the public, making legal information available to litigants, maintaining high morale, building relationships with the community and other county departments and adhering to community values.

(3) Personal responsibility. When I took office, I made teen court available to teenagers for their traffic or Class C misdemeanor offenses and promoted the program to other courts. Teen Court requires a teen to take responsibility for the offense, participate in teen court as a juror and perform community service hours in lieu of playing a fine. Once successfully completed, the case is dismissed.

Similarly, options are given to adults to keep offenses off their record if allowed by law. If re-elected, I will continue to focus on these priorities by deciding cases based on the law, by managing the court like a business and by focusing on personal responsibility.

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