Johnson seeking GOP nomination for district attorney

Nov. 13, 2017 at 8:45 p.m.
Updated Nov. 14, 2017 at 10:29 a.m.

Constance Filley Johnson

Constance Filley Johnson   Contributed photo for The Victoria Advocate

Victoria native Constance Filley Johnson has filed for a place on the Republican Party primary ballot for the office of Victoria County Criminal District Attorney.

A 1989 graduate of Victoria High School, Johnson is a former educator and regional Safe and Drug Free Schools coordinator.

She returned to law school in 2003 and, since graduating, has practiced with her father, retired Criminal District Attorney George J. Filley, and her sister, Dina Filley Hardwick. Johnson also served as the municipal court judge for the city of Victoria from 2012-2016.

"The reason I am running to be your criminal district attorney is because I firmly believe that by working together, we can do better," she stated in a news release. "Poor policy decisions have resulted in rising costs and backlogged dockets throughout our local justice system. We must re-examine current practices to ensure that we are effectively utilizing our resources to aggressively prosecute violent offenders."

If elected, Johnson wants to collaborate with other county departments and treatment professionals in the area to divert the mentally ill from jail when possible and reduce recidivism rates of people with substance abuse issues.

She also plans to establish a working environment within the DA's office that reduces the current turnover rate among assistant prosecutors in order to assemble an experienced legal team.

The office is currently held by fellow Republican Stephen Tyler, who announced previously he will seek re-election.

Johnson is a past president of the Victoria County Republican Women, Victoria County Bar Association and Victoria Main Street Program. She was a founding member of the Victoria County DWI Court and has volunteered her services to that program for the last decade. She is also a 10-year member of the Victoria College Police Academy Advisory Council and serves as an adjunct instructor. Johnson has been married for 24 years and is the mother of two children.



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