Moving Into the Future: What is Good for Dallas County

Faith Johnson
Faith Johnson
Faith Johnson

Dear Dallas County,

We are at a crossroads. As you know, I am Faith Johnson and I am running for Dallas County District Attorney against the current District Attorney John Creuzot.

I am sure you recently heard of the gut-wrenching news of an open shooter at Methodist Hospital in the maternity ward of all places. A place that is to represent the joy of new life entering our county, a place for new mothers to heal and restore after 9 months of housing a human in her own body, and a place for families to gather to celebrate new life. And then there are the nurses, doctors, and hospital staff who give their lives to serving others, often into the wee hours of the night and often at the expense of their own families and lives to help, save, & serve others.

The least we can do is provide them safe places to do what they are gifted and trained to do. The saddest part is that this is not the only incident of this kind—violet crime like this is happening all over our county. Some will say that statistics show crime is down. However, statistics do not mean squat when a proven violent criminal walks into a hospital and opens fire killing two people.

Like so many, I am sickened and saddened by the constant shape shifting and blame game of our leaders. Here is the bottom-line truth: it is up to the leaders of this county to get together, collaborate, and execute on proven procedures and protocols that keep the people safe and violet criminals off the street as much as at all possible.

It is simple. It is not as complicated as some would have us believe. The truth is that the policies of our top county leaders are either knowingly or unknowingly breeding violent crime and vagrancy and The People are suffering for it. It is time for smart on crime policies and true execution of those policies.

It does not matter if our leaders are good people, simply lacking courage to make tough decisions or if they are incompetent. Lack of courage, incompetence, ignorance, apathy, and even corruption all yield the same thing: toxic environments for the staff and The People. It is time for change in Dallas County leadership.

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This is serious stuff and we are in desperate times. I am not only asking for your vote on November 8th but I am also asking you to share my story with your friends, family, and neighbors.

Police chief Eddie Garcia was recently quoted as saying:
“Our hearts @DallasPD go out to the those affected by this tragedy, I’m outraged along with our community, at the lack of accountability, and the travesty of the fact that under this broken system, we give violent criminals more chances, than our victims. The pendulum has swung too far.”

Our law enforcement is hurting and needs our help. Our county and municipal employees are hurting and need our help. The citizens of this county are hurting and need our help.

How can we help? By voting into leadership a competent, strong, courageous leader that answers to only God Himself, the oath of office, The People, and the Constitution of the United States, designed to PROTECT & PRESERVE the God given rights of all citizens of this great land.

While my heart is so heavy with senseless tragedies that absolutely can be prevented, I am also so very grateful for the people of this county. As I walk into my final week of campaigning and I reflect on the countless volunteers who have given so much of their time and their heart to support me and all the people I have met knocking on doors, my heart longs to protect this county and her people.

With the right team in place, we can absolutely change the course of the entire county for generations. Even small shifts in the rudder of a large ship can change the trajectory of the whole ship. NOW is the time. We cannot afford one more day with the current leadership. Dallas deserves better.

VOTE FOR FAITH JOHNSON on November 8th and please spread the word!

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DA candidate vows to seek death penalty for Methodist shooter, incumbent says he might

Attorney Faith Johnson and incumbent John Creuzot
Attorney Faith Johnson and incumbent John Creuzot
Republican candidate for Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson and incumbent John Creuzot, a Democrat, spoke during a candidate forum at the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce in Dallas on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022.(Lola Gomez / Staff Photographer)

By Krista M. Torralva

The Republican candidate for Dallas County District Attorney, Faith Johnson, vowed to pursue the death penalty, if elected, for the man accused of killing two Methodist Dallas Medical Center employees Saturday.

“Based on … the reports that’s coming out now with that Methodist hospital shooting, I will seek the death penalty on that case,” Johnson said in a candidate forum Friday hosted by the League of Women Voters of Dallas and the North Texas Commission.

Johnson tried to differentiate herself from incumbent John Creuzot, a Democrat, by pointing to Creuzot’s record on the death penalty. She has previously questioned his stance on capital punishment while on her campaign trail.

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Republican candidate Faith Johnson during a candidate forum with Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot at the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce in Dallas on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022.(Lola Gomez / Staff Photographer)

Creuzot has not sought the death penalty in any case during his four years in office. He has said he is not anti-death penalty, but carefully considers how long it takes from trial to execution, the cost spent on appeals and whether a jury would choose capital punishment. He pointed to a Florida jury’s recent verdict of life in prison for the gunman who killed 17 students and teachers in a Parkland school.

“There is no guarantee that if you seek a death penalty, you will get it,” Creuzot said. “I’m not shy about it. I’m just going to follow the law and be certain that we have the best chance to achieve that goal.”

After the forum, Creuzot told The Dallas Morning News he is considering pursuing the death penalty for Nestor Oswaldo Hernandez, who faces a capital murder charge in the hospital slayings.

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Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot speaks during a debate with Republican candidate Faith Johnson at the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce in Dallas on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022.(Lola Gomez / Staff Photographer)

Jacqueline Ama Pokuaa, a 45-year-old case worker, and Katie Annette Flowers, a 63-year-old nurse, were killed. Dallas police said Hernandez, who was out of prison on parole for a violent robbery, was in the hospital for the birth of his son.

Hernandez began shooting after accusing his girlfriend, who had recently given birth, of cheating, according to an arrest-warrant affidavit. He also struck the woman with the gun, police said. A Methodist police officer shot Hernandez in the leg. Hernandez was booked in the county jail Wednesday after being hospitalized for the wound.

The case underscored the need for better communication between the DA’s office and the prison system, Johnson and Creuzot agreed. Police had no warning Hernandez would be at the hospital, the Methodist Health System’s police chief said. Creuzot and police have criticized the state parole board’s decision to release Hernandez early.

Johnson touted herself as the candidate who gets along better with law enforcement agencies and said she would collaborate. Creuzot, who said he works well with police chiefs in Dallas County, said the communication gap can be attributed to an antiquated computer system that limits information sharing across agencies. He said funding is needed from state legislators to outfit the electronic system.

Creuzot and Johnson were asked for their stances on other lightning-rod topics, including whether they would prosecute medical providers for performing abortions or others who help facilitate them.

The candidates said it’s a non-issue currently because doctors in Dallas County are not performing abortions. In August, Dallas City Council passed limits on city resources used to investigate abortions, Creuzot also pointed out.

Creuzot has said he will respect decisions made between women and their health care providers. Johnson said she will be more focused on prosecuting violent crime offenders.

Moving Into the Future: What is Good for Dallas County

Faith Johnson
Faith Johnson
Faith Johnson

I am Faith Johnson and I am running for Dallas County District Attorney against John Creuzot. With just a short time until November 8th, I hope to win not only your vote, but also your friendship.

I hope you enjoyed last week’s article by my friend, Kelli Macatee. It definitely speaks to my heart of serving others from the core of who I am.

Today, I want to talk to you about my love for the rule of law and the importance of being smart on crime. Being smart on crime is something I am deeply committed to because I believe that if I am truly your friend, I am willing to speak the truth in love and the truth is: BEING SOFT ON CRIME BREEDS MORE CRIME AND THAT IS NOT GOOD FOR OUR COUNTY & HER PEOPLE.

As a young girl in the ’70’s, I started my educational career by graduating from Georgia Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and went on to get my master’s degree in Community Counseling.

Obviously tensions were high in a lot of ways, not only in Georgia at the time, but all across the country.

For me, it was an opportunity and I was proud to take it and overcome all the obstacles set before me. I truly believed that the struggle is what builds you and makes you stronger. As I reflect, I can see how every single facet of my résumé has built me up and prepared me for this moment right now.

I eventually made my way to Houston where I graduated from Thurgood Marshall School of Law and as a young, Black, female attorney, I broke through all sorts of barriers by putting my head down, working hard, and honing my craft.

I knew I was gifted in the law, but it takes some time to find what you’re really passionate about in any given field.

For me, that really became clear when I began teaching law in the Dallas County Community College system and was Assistant District Attorney in the Criminal trial section, which led to being the Chief Felony Prosecutor of Child Abuse.

I am passionate about rule and law and true justice that sets the stage for the next generation. When our leaders are not smart on crime, those hit hardest are the poorest in our communities, the needy, and the next generation.

That really gets my blood boiling. It’s our job to protect the orphans and widows and those most in need in our society. I’ve been able to pour every ounce of myself into that mission through my career as a prosecuting attorney and judge.

I am proud of my resume and have an extensive prosecutorial work history with many wins under my belt that I most certainly hold dear in my heart.

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I could tell you about all kinds of awards I’ve gratefully received, like the Award for Professional Achievement in Jurisprudence presented by Dallas Metropolitan Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women Club.

Or being a three-time recipient of the Outstanding Community Service Awards presented by the NAACP (Waxahachie Branch); C.T.A.C. Or the Award for Professional Achievement in Jurisprudence presented by Dallas Metropolitan Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women Club.

Or I could tell you about being appointed to various positions by governors. All of those are wonderful things presented to me by amazing people and barely scratch the surface of my qualifications for this job.

I treasure all of these accomplishments and hold them and the people that comprise them very closely. However, when I stand before God Almighty, He is not going to ask me for my résumé or my list of wins. He is going to ask me what I did for the least, the lost, the orphan, and the widow. That is what drives me behind the scenes.

To earn your vote, you need to know my deepest drivers. Leading by example and fighting for truth and justice and righteousness, even for those who don’t know how valuable they are yet, is my greatest passion.

I am Faith Johnson and I’m asking you for your vote on November 8th for Dallas County District Attorney and I hope you’ll tell your friends and family about me too!

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A Friend’s Perspective on Faith Johnson

Faith Johnson
Faith Johnson
Faith Johnson

By Kelli Macatee

I want to tell you about my friend, Faith Johnson. I can tell you things about her that she wouldn’t necessarily tell you. As her friend, I get to see sides of her behind the scenes that others don’t always get to see. When I first met her, I was struck by how strong, bold, and brilliant she is. But more than that, I was struck by her heart. You see, when someone is operating from the heart, there is a depth and a drive that can withstand the hottest of fires. I was struck by how much she’s always thinking of others, even when no one else will know or even see how she’s advocating for someone’s good behind the scenes.

I knew Faith has a lot of energy, but as I’ve now watched her through the grueling campaign world, I’ve been in awe at how tireless, dedicated, and committed she is to the work. I honestly don’t know when she sleeps and yet never seems tired! I’m exhausted just watching her!

I have been so struck by how passionate she is for true justice for the people of Dallas County. I have come to believe it’s who she is. You can’t “fake” who you are. It eventually comes out. I have watched her over and over again stand up and fight hard for the good of all people and that not only inspires me but it gives me hope.

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Faith Johnson’s parents

Faith tells a story on the campaign trail that I hope you get to hear directly from her. It’s one of my favorites that she tells. Faith is the baby of 13 kids and her parents lived long, full lives. The only thing that separated her parents was the death of her mother and her father lived to almost 101.

Growing up, especially with 13 kids, money was tight to say the least. When Faith graduated from high school, her mother was so proud and she worked hard to save up $25 so Faith could have a new dress. I love to hear Faith tell this story in her own voice, because as a mother, you know the sacrifices you make for your children and how proud of them you are when they persevere and accomplish something wonderful.

So when Faith’s mom asked her, “Baby girl, what do you want for graduation?” Faith said, “I want 100 friends.” A response to which Mom said, “No, baby girl, I saved up to get you just what you want. What do you want?” Faith replied, “Mama, I want 100 friends.” Mom said “What would you do with 100 friends?” Faith began to go on and on in detail about what all she would do for her 100 friends.

She was excited about the idea of helping 100 friends in all kinds of ways.

Fast-forward to today, and that same longing and desire to serve others is deeply ingrained in Faith. I’ve seen it and experienced it first hand. She genuinely cares about the people of Dallas County. She cares about our families, our fortunes, and our futures. As I watch how hard she works behind the scenes on our behalf, it brings a tear to my eye, knowing that so few out there would work so hard serving others at the level she does. But why does Faith do that? Because it’s who she is. It’s what she’s designed to do and we all benefit from that.

Please check out Faith’s extensive qualifications for the role at https://faithjohnsonforda.com/faith-johnson.

Please join me in Voting for Faith Johnson on Tuesday, November 8th, 2022 and tell your friends! Dallas needs Faith Johnson! Let it be so!

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Moving Into the Future

Faith Johnson
Faith Johnson
Faith Johnson

I am Faith Johnson and I’m proud to be running for Dallas County District Attorney. Last week I had the privilege of introducing myself to you and speaking from my heart of my love for the black community and all of Dallas County. My passion for our very special county, comprised of 31 cities, and her people runs deep. Often I feel like a Mama Bear wanting to protect her and even as the days and nights grow long on the campaign trail, I find myself more passionate and energized than ever to serve this county and her amazing people.

You see, very few people are willing to step out into a role like this because of what is required to do it excellently. But this isn’t a job to me, it’s a calling. A calling is something deeper, more abiding than a job. It reaches into the bedrock of your soul and drives you in a different way than a job does. Jobs are essential and vital for our lives and economies, but I am privileged to step into this calling on my life and I hope you’ll join me. I can’t do

I am Faith Johnson and I’m proud to be running for Dallas County District Attorney. Last week I had the privilege of introducing myself to you and speaking from my heart of my love for the black community and all of Dallas County. My passion for our very special county, comprised of 31 cities, and her people runs deep. Often I feel like a Mama Bear wanting to protect her and even as the days and nights grow long on the campaign trail, I find myself more passionate and energized than ever to serve this county and her amazing people.

You see, very few people are willing to step out into a role like this because of what is required to do it excellently. But this isn’t a job to me, it’s a calling. A calling is something deeper, more abiding than a job. It reaches into the bedrock of your soul and drives you in a different way than a job does. Jobs are essential and vital for our lives and economies, but I am privileged to step into this calling on my life and I hope you’ll join me. I can’t do this alone. I can do what I’m called to do, but I need you to do what you’re called to do. Because I can’t do what you do and vice versa.

A strange thing has happened in our nation and even in Dallas, County. Criminals and lawlessness have begun to be prioritized over law-abiding, hard-working citizens and this has happened before our very eyes. For example, when it is official policy to not prosecute theft under $750, you are communicating that the law of the land allows for thievery up to a certain extent. No parent would tell their child, “It’s okay to steal son, as long as it’s under a certain amount.” To hear it put in those terms seems obviously asinine. Yet that is the current policy of Dallas County and is coming directly from the current DA’s office.

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As I’m out on the campaign trail, I’m talking to all kinds of amazing people who do not feel safe. No one cares what the stats are if they don’t feel safe. Statistics can be shifted and altered to tell whatever narrative someone wants to tell. But if your car is carjacked or your son or daughter is murdered, no one would ever say, “Well statistics show that crime is down.” Another asinine statement that is totally
disconnected from the experience of the citizen.

As your next DA, my priority is to throw out all policies that knowingly or unknowingly incentivize crime of all kinds in our county. My heart and passion is to restore law and order and civil, hospitable environments for our law enforcement officials, our county employees, and our citizens. Our law enforcement teams are working their tails off. But if the leaders of justice aren’t doing their part in enforcing the existing laws and upholding justice and righteousness in the land, then we all suffer.

Please come see me at any of my campaign offices listed below and learn more about me at https://faithjohnsonforda.com. Please take the time to get to know me because we must make it a priority to get to know our county officials and elect strong, competent leaders.

Again, I am Faith Johnson and I’m asking for your vote on November 8th. Join me as we move into the future with a safer and better Dallas!

DeSoto Campaign Office 1223 E. Beltline Rd Ste 114 Desoto, TX 75115

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A Call for New Leadership – Intoducing Faith Johnson

Faith Johnson
Faith Johnson
Faith Johnson

I’m so excited to introduce myself to those of you I haven’t had the privilege to meet yet. 

I’m Faith Johnson and I’m running for Dallas County District Attorney. 

It is my great honor to be featured in the Texas Metro News, I Messenger and Garland Journal because these publications are a testament to the longstanding and deeply-rooted talent and thriving nature of the Black community. 

But there have been great injustices in our land and it is time for new leadership. This is not about politics, this is about our way of life.

The Black community has so much to offer our society and we cannot thrive and prosper if we are constantly buried under fear, oppression, and crime. 

Our county and our nation needs us like never before to rise up and step out to sow our many gifts and abilities into our county. 

That’s why I’ve decided to run for Dallas County District Attorney. 

Please see my website at https://faithjohnsonforda.com/faith-johnson for my extensive qualifications for the position. 

But today, I want to speak to you from my heart.

My love for this county and her people runs deep. I long to see justice truly served in this county because when justice, enforcement, and the rule of law reign, all our people have the opportunity to thrive.

Now, I’m talking about true justice and enforcement of the laws already codified and on the books. Our laws are solid. 

There may be a few that need adjusting and I’m committed to that process where it makes sense, but we need enforcement and to de-incentivize criminal activity. 

The current DA has activated and instituted policies that actually incentivize criminal activity and we are all feeling the consequences of that type of leadership. 

Our jails are overrun, understaffed, and falling apart. Our streets are plagued with violence and thievery because they know they can get away with it. 

Cowardice, corruption, or incompetence all yield the same result: more crime, more insecurity, more fear, which in turn drive higher stress in all of us until we snap or move somewhere else. 

Enough is enough. It’s time for bold, strong leadership for all of Dallas County, but especially for our Black communities. 

We have too much talent and too many wonderful things to offer this county to be buried under lawlessness. 

None of us want that.

Please take the time to get to know me between now and November 8th. 

I will absolutely be asking for your vote and asking you to share my message with your friends and family. 

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But more than that, I’m asking for your help. This county can be greater than ever—a shining place on a hill—but it will take every one of us. 

We must come together around the values we hold dear of safe, prosperous communities, and work together or we’ll never get to where we all long to be. 

Don’t take my word for it—talk to your neighbors, the shop owners, the small business owners—ask them if they feel safer. 

Ask your grandparents or your aunts and uncles about how they’ve seen the county change. 

Ask them if they feel safe to leave the house once the sun goes down. The policies and lack of enforcement by my opponent are not serving us and our great county — they’re killing it. 

Lawlessness does not bring freedom and it certainly doesn’t bring justice. It brings fear and death to us all. 

Join me as we get to work and make this county a safe place for you and your family to truly thrive! 

Have a blessed week! 

Most sincerely, 

Faith Johnson, your next Dallas County District Attorney.

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