Calhoun County DA files for re-election
Nov. 21, 2017 at 9:30 p.m.
Updated Nov. 21, 2017 at 10:15 p.m.
Calhoun County District Attorney Dan Heard has filed for re-election under the Democratic ticket.
According to the Texas Secretary of State website, no challengers have yet filed.
Since taking office in 1999, Heard said, he has found satisfaction in the pursuit of justice, an ideal he has achieved through tough prosecution but also by providing opportunities for criminals to change their ways.
During his tenure, Heard's office has obtained serious punishments in violent crime and felony cases, including life sentences, he said. He said he was especially proud of his office's conviction rate and management of case loads.
"It is personally rewarding when victims of crime or their families feel that justice was done in their loved one's case," he said in a written statement.
But pursuing justice, Heard said, doesn't always entail putting criminals behind bars.
"Some of the most rewarding experiences I have had are when a young man comes up to me at a restaurant or other public place and thanks me for giving him a chance to straighten himself out," Heard said in the statement.