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February 14, 2014

Q&A: The race for Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace

The WD recently sent questionnaires to the candidates in contested county races in the March 4 primary elections. The candidates were asked to provide background information and answers, in 300 words or less, to questions posed to them. Early voting begins Feb. 18. Today we look at the Republican primary candidates for Justice of the Peace, Pct. 4, Lynn Johnson and Bernard Suchocki. There is no Democratic opponent.

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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.

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