While most of what I write about here on the blog is about elections directly dealing with the CJC, every once in a while, one of our own runs for Office in other fields. I couldn't have been more excited to have learned that former-Harris County Assistant District Attorney and one of my favorite people Ann Johnson had decided to run for State Representative of District 134.
I first met Ann when she was working at the D.A.'s Office, and she quickly earned the reputation of a tough and no-nonsense prosecutor. She was incredibly smart and passionate about using the tools available to her as a prosecutor to help people affected by crime. She was far from boisterous, but a kind friend to everyone in the building. She was highly respected and highly loved by her co-workers.
When Ann left the Office, she took her passion for helping other people and devoted her practice to making changes to the Criminal Justice System in ways that helped make it a better place -- specifically concentrating on changing the way juveniles are treated by the courts. Ann is one of the few people I know personally who challenged a law all the way to the Supreme Court -- and won. She did so, not for profit, but because she wanted to make the System better than it currently was.
Ann Johnson is one of those rare people who does more than just sit around saying "Somebody should do something" about a problem. She's the one who says "I will do something" about the problem -- and then does it. I don't know of any other candidate so willing to tackle public office strictly for such altruistic motives.
Please join me in voting for Ann in November.
Also, I hope you will come to a Fundraiser for Ann being hosted by Chip Lewis and Justin Wood on Wednesday, October 17th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Cyclone Anaya's at 1710 Durham.
In the meantime, please go check out Ann's website and like her on Facebook. Her background and credentials are amazing and her platform is clear and strong. See what she stands for and what her opponent stands against, and your choice in this election will be very easy.