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Darryl S. Johnson, Democrat for Waller County Commissioner, Precinct 3, says his proven leadership skills and powerful allies in Austin and Washington, D.C. will help all local voters

Darryl S. Johnson, Democrat for Waller County Commissioner, Precinct 3

Featured: Darryl S. Johnson, Democrat for Waller County Commissioner, Precinct 3.
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Darryl S. Johnson, a legislative consultant with more than 30 years experience in the Texas Legislature and in Congress, says that as Waller County Commissioner, he would use his leadership skills and influential friends in the business and political corridors of power to benefit all voters in his precinct. Johnson, a Prairie View businessman, has filed for Precinct 3 Waller County Commissioner, calling himself “the only true Democrat” with a proven record of working for small business owners, university students, working families – people from all-walks-of-life. “Waller County, and especially Precinct 3, are blessed with the brainpower, willpower, and staying power to become a regional and statewide leader in higher education, economic development, tourism, and job creation,” said Johnson. “But we need someone with know-how, vision, and abilities to help us achieve a higher level of greatness.” The father of two daughters, Johnson said his campaign slogan reflects his honest approach to the challenges and opportunities in Waller County: “We have a lot of work to do.” Among his many strategies, Johnson said he would work closely with state and federal lawmakers to identify sources of funding from Austin and Washington, D.C., and secure millions of dollars for vital programs in Precinct 3, ranging from more money for transportation needs to filing state legislation to expand Prairie View A&M University. “I know where to look at our state capitol and our nation’s capitol for the financial resources we deserve in order to improve our economy, to create more jobs, to serve and protect our families and our future,” he said. “I know how the complicated systems work in the Texas Legislature and in Congress, and I will make them work for all of us in Precinct 3. No other candidate can deliver for us like I will.” Johnson said that he also would fight for programs that would provide needed financial and health care resources for senior citizens. “Older Texans have made a lifetime of contributions to our nation, and it is a sacred obligation of our society to help those who need it in their retirement years,” he said. “One of the actions I will take as a Waller County Commissioner is to set up town hall meetings with all constituents, including sessions specifically with senior citizens, not only to hear their concerns, but especially to learn from their wisdom what I can do to better serve them.” He also pledged to continue building the public’s trust in the Precinct 3 office by always meeting with constituents and being accessible and visible. “I will be the type of county commissioner who not only has an open door policy to my constituents, but more than that, I will always be out in my precinct visiting with residents,” said Johnson. “I won’t be a politician who you only see and hear around election time.” During his career, Johnson has worked for elected leaders in the U.S. Congress, Texas Governor’s Office, and Texas Legislature, and was a key consultant in 2010 for the Texas gubernatorial campaign of multi-billionaire Farouk Shami of Houston. He has also worked with state agencies such as the Secretary of State, Texas Department of Insurance, Texas Water Development Board, and Texas Water Commission. Among his community service roles, Johnson served as a Waller County representative to the Houston- Galveston Area Council, a regional organization through which local governments consider issues and cooperate in solving area wide problems, and served on the Waller County Airport Commission when the region was developing the idea for an airport in Katy. “Precinct 3 deserves someone with the abilities to address the Captains of Industry and the Titans of Politics, and partner with them to shape the laws, policies, and business decisions that will lead to prosperity for our region,” Johnson said. “What I have learned from decades of working with the Powers-that-Be is to always let them know that we have what it takes for them and us to succeed.”

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To truly serve and protect the innocent, Texas lawmakers should begin work on “The Sandra Bland Justice for All Act”

Featured: Sandra Bland (Undated photograph posted on her Facebook)

Featured: Sandra Bland (Undated photograph posted on her Facebook)

The tragic death of Sandra Bland on Monday, July 13, 2o15, while confined in the Waller County Jail, requires decisive and landmark action by the Texas Legislature to guarantee that every jail cell in Texas is being monitored by a video surveillance system. Bland, 28, a graduate of Prairie View A&M who had come back after accepting a new job at her alma mater, was reportedly alone in a Waller County Jail cell, out-of-sight of a nearby county jail video camera, when she allegedly committed suicide by hanging. Darryl Johnson, a legislative consultant with more than 35 years experience in the Texas Legislature, who resides in Prairie View, is proposing legislation, to be known as “The Sandra Bland Justice for All Act”, be filed when the Texas Legislature begins its regular session in January 2017. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick of Houston and Speaker of the House Joe Straus of San Antonio should immediately appoint a joint Senate-House legislative committee to come up with ways to require all jails in Texas to maintain an effective video monitoring system so that no one who is being held in a cell is hidden from the protective and unbiased view of a video camera, he recommended. “In light of the terrible controversy and negative worldwide image of Texas that is resulting from this sorrow, now is the time to show the world that we in Waller County will help lead the way on what would be a major improvement of our state’s criminal justice system,” said Johnson. “More important, it is right and just that Sandra Bland, whose life calling courageously revolved around battling injustice, should have her honorable name, through ‘The Sandra Bland Justice for All Act’, be forever linked to protecting the innocent.”

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