DALLAS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY RACE
This year, Color Of Change PAC is helping Black voters in Dallas get empowered to cast game-changing votes to elect Judge Elizabeth Frizell as District Attorney. Before the March 6th primary, we’re hosting community engagement events like the #BlackJoyBrunch in order to improve the criminal justice system.
Judge Elizabeth Frizell and John Creuzot are competing in the Dallas Democratic Primary Election to face Republican incumbent Faith Johnson in the District Attorney race. The Democratic Primary Election will be held on March 6, 2018.
Judge Elizabeth Frizell opposes money bail, is committed to working toward bond reduction and fair sentencing, and wants to eliminate the abusive practice of civil asset forfeiture. Frizell has spoken passionately about penalties for prosecutors who cross the line or commit outright misconduct and training for prosecutors to identify racial biases. Born in Fort Worth, Judge Frizell is a community champion for criminal justice reform.
Faith Johnson is the unopposed Republican incumbent District Attorney for Dallas County. She was not elected, but was appointed in December of 2016 by Gov. Greg Abbott to replace Republican Susan Hawk who resigned to focus on her mental health. Johnson supports ‘tough on crime’ prosecution. When appointed DA she received strong endorsements from law enforcement, including the president of the Dallas Police Association Frederick Frazier. Attorney Johnson is known for her harsh sentencing practices. In 2016, she pushed to send a mentally ill veteran to death row. Johnson not only preys on Black folks through supporting cash bail, but is also funded by 10 different bail bond companies and the Texas Bail PAC.
Where do I vote?
Early voting begins February 20th and the Democratic Primary general election is March 6th. You can look up your polling place here:
Why is the District Attorney (DA) race so important?
District Attorneys have an enormous impact on Black communities. They have the power to decide who gets prosecuted and the severity of each prosecution. That’s why voting in local elections is crucial. If a crooked District Attorney wins an election, they can use their power to increase conviction rates in a jurisdiction through preying on low-income Black folks. For example, DAs have the power to set unaffordable cash bail on Black folks, even after reviewing their financial situations.
You might be wondering: ‘So if District Attorneys have so much power over our communities, why aren’t most of them reforming practices that hurt Black people?’ The answer is simple. Crooked District Attorneys over-arrest Black folks to create revenue for their jurisdictions. ‘Tough on crime’ legislation will never protect Black people, especially when 95% of all elected District Attorneys are white in the United States. (1)
How can I help elect Elizabeth Frizell?
Color Of Change PAC members are making history by working to elect Elizabeth Frizell and flip a red district BLUE. We need all the help we can get.
- “Justice For All?”, The Reflective Democracy Campaign, http://wholeads.us/justice/